Quotes from Famous Vegetarians
Emperor Akbar… The human stomach cannot be the graveyard
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
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
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.