Quotes from Famous Vegetarians

Emperor Akbar… The human stomach cannot be the graveyard

for animals

George Bernard Shaw… A man of my spiritual intensity does

not eat corpses.

Albert Einstein (Nobel Prize)… Nothing will benefit human

health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as

much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. It is my view

that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical

effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially

influence the lot of mankind.

St. Francis of Assisi… If you have men who will exclude any of

God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity,

you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow


Jeremy Bentham, 19th C Philosopher, Oxford University… The

question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? But

rather, Can they suffer?

Gandhi, The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism… The greatness of a

nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its

animals are treated.

Thomas Edison, Harpers Magazine… Non-violence leads to

the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until

we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden… I have no doubt that it is part

of the destiny of the human race in its gradual development

to leave off the eating of animals.

Leo Tolstoy (author of War and Peace), News Review… The

vegetarian movement ought to fill with gladness the souls

of those who have at heart the realization of God’s kingdom

upon Earth.

Plutarch, Moralia…But for the sake of some little mouthful of

flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that

proportion of life and time they had been born to enjoy.

Issac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Laureate… People often say that

humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a

justification for continuing the practice. According to this

logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering

other people, since this has also been done since the earliest

of times.

Genesis 1:29, [Christianity]… And God said, Behold, I have given

you every herb-bearing seed which is upon the face of all

the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree

yielding seed: to you it shall be for meat.

Phyllis Wright, Humane Society of the U.S…People who let their

dogs and cats have litters in order to show their children

the “miracle of birth” should come witness the “miracle of

death” performed in the back rooms of animal shelters all

over the country.

Romain Rolland (Nobel Laureate), Jean Christophe… To one

whose mind is free, there is something even more

intolerable in the suffering of animals than in the sufferings

of men. For with the latter it is at least admitted that

suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal.

But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every

day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to

refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the

unpardonable crime. That alone is the justification of all

that men may suffer. It cries vengeance upon all the human

race. If God exists and tolerates it, it cries vengeance upon


Pythagorus… As long as humanity continues to be the ruthless

destroyer of other beings, we will never know health or

peace. For as long as people massacre animals, they will

kill each other.


3 thoughts on “Quotes from Famous Vegetarians

  1. Great post, thanks for sharing those quotes. Will be helpful to quote some of these famous people when talking about vegetarianism

    • Well, this world gets influenced by big names and famous people… Having the variety of famous people you have mentioned above, and they are in different stratas in society, ie, science, literature, leadership and so on, and when people see that these influential persons were vegetarians and had a very strong view on why, perhaps they don’t look at us average people and laugh and say why aren’t you eating like everyone else…..

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