The Best of Animal Quotes

“The animals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity
with our smaller brethren.
All animals are fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect
and they are as near to God as men are.”

Pope John Paul II
“They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which Created us...It is our duty to Protect Them and to promote their well-being.”
Mother Teresa
“Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures."
His Holiness The Dalai Lama - The Vegetarian Way, 1967
“His compassion is over all that He has made.”—Psalms 145:9
“...And who gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.”—Psalm 136:25

“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.”—Proverbs 12:10

“A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast.”—Proverbs 12:10

“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”—Genesis 1: 20-25

“Yo have only to ask the cattle, for them to instruct you, and the birds of the sky, for them to inform you. The creeping things of earth will give you lessons, and the fish of the sea provide you an explanation: there is not one such creature but will know that the hand of God has arranged things like this! In his hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of every human being!”—Job 12:7-10

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by man from the cruelty of man.”— Mahatma Gandhi

“I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth.”— Mahatma Gandhi

“To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.”— Mahatma Gandhi. Greeting Card

“I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us. I hold flesh food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower [supposedly lower] animal world if we are superior to it. The only way to live is to let live.”— Mahatma Gandhi

“Life is life—whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.”— Sri Aurobindo

“What is religion? Compassion for all things, which have life.”— Hinduism. Hitopadesa

“A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is a bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.”— Prophet Mohammed

“There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature on two wings, but they are people like unto you.”— Islam. Qur’an
“One who harms animals, directly or indirectly, has not understood deeds of sin…those whose minds are at peace and who are free from passions do not desire to live at the expense of others.”— Jainism

“Non-injury to living beings is the highest religion.”— Jainism
Native American
“Every animal knows more than you do.”—Native American Proverb

“What is a man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die form great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man.”— Chief Seattle

“The Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”— Chief Seattle

“Is not the sky a father and the earth a mother, and are not all living things with feet or wings or roots their children?; Hear me, four quarters of the world…a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft Earth, a relative to all that is,…all over the Earth, the faces of living things are all alike.”— John G. Neihardt in Black Elk Speaks

“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”— Qwatsinas
Great Thinkers the Ancient World
“Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?”— Plutarch

“The obligations of law and equity reach only to mankind; but kindness and beneficence should be extended to the creatures of every species, and these will flow from the breast of a true man, as streams that issue from the living fountain.”— Plutarch

“Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.”— Bion, “Water and Land Animals” Plutarch

“As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower livings beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”— Pythagoras

“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.”— Pythagoras

“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”— Hippocrates

“Respect the old and cherish the young. Even insects, grass and trees you must not hurt”. T’ai-shang kan-ying p’ien, a Confucian- Taoist treatise. Attributed to Ko Hung

“For hundreds of thousands of years the stew in the pot has brewed hatred and resentment that is difficult to stop. If you wish to know why there are disasters of armies and weapons in the world, listen to the piteous cries from the slaughter house at midnight.”— Ancient Chinese verse

“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”— Leonardo da Vinci

Quotes from Contemporary Greats
“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”— Abraham Lincoln

“I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”— Abraham Lincoln

“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

“I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.”— Jimmy Stewart actor

“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!”—Theophile Gautier

“An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.”—  Martin Buber

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.”— Gilda Radner

“A Robin Redbreast in a cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage.”—  William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

“When I lost my way, I was accustomed to throw the reins on his neck, and he always discovered places where I, with all my observation and boasted superior knowledge, could not.”— Napoleon Bonaparte about his horse Marengo

“The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.”— Henry David Thoreau

“How can I teach your children gentleness and mercy to the weak, and reverence for life, which in its nakedness and excess, is still a gleam of God’s omnipotence, when by your laws, your actions and your speech, you contradict the very things I teach?”— Henry W. Longfellow

“The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous.”— Emile Zola, 1840-1902

“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.”— Thomas A. Edison

“If man is not to stifle human feelings, he must practice kindness to animals, for He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” — Immanuel Kant

“I admit to having worn suede and leather pants myself for a while, but you just never feel clean, and it's degenerate, anyway, to wear animal skins.”—  Andy Warhol

“Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in…man is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.”—  Mark Twain

“It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.”—  Mark Twain

“A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.”— George Bernard Shaw

“When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”— George Bernard Shaw

“Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored.”— Alice Walker

“Kindness and compassion toward all living things is the mark of a civilized society.”— Cesar Chavez

“There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.”— Isaac Bashevis Singer

“One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.”— Margaret Mead

“The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit. All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all things whatsoever.”— Ashley Montague

“All the arguments to prove man's superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.”—  Pete Singer

“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of "real food for real people" you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.”— Neal Barnard, M.D.

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”— Sir Paul McCartney

“We don't need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.”— James Cromwell, the farmer in the movie “Babe”

“No heaven will not ever heaven be; Unless my cats are there to welcome me.”—  Anonymous
Quotes from Nobel Prize Winners
“We manage to swallow flesh only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing that we do. Cruelty... is a fundamental sin, and admits of no arguments or nice distinctions. If only we do not allow our heart to grow callous, it protests against cruelty, is always clearly heard; and yet we go on perpetrating cruelties easily, merrily, all of us—in fact, anyone who does not join in is dubbed a crank.”— Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize 1913

“Hear our humble prayer, o God, for our friends the animals who are suffering; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry….We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.”— Albert Schweitzer

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”— Albert Schweitzer

“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret….It has come to believe that 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, Novel Peace Prize address, “The Problem of Peace in the World Today”

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”— Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

“Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.”— Albert Schweitzer

More Quotes

“Personally, I would not give a fig for any man's religion whose horse, cat and dog do not feel its benefits. Life in any form is our perpetual responsibility.”— S. Parkes Cadman

“We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the devil in human form. ”— William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays

To say that he does is to say with the Fascists that the strong have a right to abuse and exploit the weak—might is right, and the strong and ruthless shall inherit the Earth.”— Richard Ryder

“I am sometimes asked 'Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?' I answer: 'I am working at the roots.'”— George T.Angell

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”—  Anatole France

“Only animals were not expelled from Paradise.”— Milan Kundera

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

“Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?”— Pierre Troubetzkoy

“We're beginning to realize the almost irreparable loss in such cruel and barbaric practices as hunting and killing innocent creatures for pleasure…whose sole "offense" is being beautiful." — Joseph F. Goodavage; Magic: Science of the Future.

“When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of God we call him a sportsman.”— Joseph Wood Krutch

“When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.”— Ingrid Newkirk

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.”— Alfred A. Montapert

“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.”—Marv Levy

“I eat everything that nature voluntarily gives: fruits, vegetables, and the products of plants. But I ask you to spare me what animals are forced to surrender: meat, milk, and cheese.”— Anonymous

“Unseen they suffer, unheard they cry, in agony they linger, in loneliness they die.”— Anonymous

“Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.”— Thomas De Quincey.

“The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position.”— Christine Stevens

“If an animal does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence”— Will Cuppy

“Non-violence begins with the fork”— Elizabeth Frians

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”— Bern Williams

“Perhaps the Animal Spirit is so great that one day it may inspire compassion in the human heart.”— Nan Sea Love

“All Nature is so filled with wisdom one only has to look to the natural world to be guided. As the American Indian intuitively knew— All life contains a Spirit with virtues we may learn from.”— Nan Sea Love

“One cannot look deeply into the eyes of an animal and not see the same depth, complexity and feeling we humans lay exclusive claim to.”— Nan Sea Love
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