Favorite Quotations

You have just dined… and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
~ Albert Schweitzer

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
~ Sir Paul McCartney

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.
~ William James

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.
~ Bradley Miller

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
~ Anatole France

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead

When a man has pity on all living creatures then only he is noble.

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
~ Albert Einstein

Somewhere in the rain, there will always be an abandoned dog that prevents you from being happy.
~ Aldous Huxley

I am fond of pigs.  Dogs look up to us.  Cats look down on us.  Pigs treat us as equals.
~ Winston Churchill

It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.
~ Dalai Lama

May all that have life be delivered from suffering.
~ Buddha

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
~ Dalai Lama

Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.
~ Albert Schweitzer

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
~ Aesop

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
~ Jane Goodall

The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
~ Jane Goodall

The question is not, “Can they reason?”, nor, “Can they talk?”, but rather, “Can they suffer?”.
Jeremy Bentham

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know that the same spark of life that is within you, is within all of our animal friends, the desire to live is the same within all of us…
~ Rai Aren

When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do.
~ Rachel Naomi Remen

Compassion is the basis of morality.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

My doctrine is this: that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.
~ Anna Sewell

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
~ Immanuel Kant

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Be the change you wish to see in the world.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
~ Edward Everett Hale

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them.  That’s the essence of inhumanity.
~ George Bernard Shaw

All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.
~ Peter Singer

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is – whether its victim is human or animal – we cannot expect things to be much better in this world.
~ Rachel Carson

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
~ Albert Einstein

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
~ Albert Einstein

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince


One Response to Favorite Quotations

  1. What a beautiful collection of quotes. I have one of those Gandhi quotes on my facebook page. Such a wise man.

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