Famous Vegetarians

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"People get offended by animal rights Issues and Data. It's ludicrous.
It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory."
- Richard Gere
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged
by the way its animals are treated."
  -Mahatma Gandhi

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained. I stand and look at them long and long.

WALT WHITMAN, Leaves of Grass

I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the "lower animals" (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me.

MARK TWAIN, Letters from the Earth

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

LEO TOLSTOY, The First Step

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.   Thomas Jefferson 

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, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.


Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.


    "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."
    "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
          Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel Prize 1921
   "The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."
          Leonardo da Vinci, artist and scientist
 "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, mathematician
  "If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth -- beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals -- would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?"
       George Bernard Shaw, playwright, Nobel Prize 1925
    "While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?"
   "Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research."
          George Bernard Shaw
   "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 Edison, inventor
"What is it that should trace the insuperable line? ...The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"
        Jeremy Bentham, philosopher
  "In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they're the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought."
       Isaac Bashevis Singer, author, Nobel Prize 1978
  "You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
          Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist
   "As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields."
   "What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty."
          Leo Tolstoy author
    "I cannot fish without falling a little in self-respect...always when I have done I feel it would have been better if I had not fished."
          Henry David Thoreau, author
    "I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't...The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further."
          Mark Twain, author
  "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 Edison, inventor
“I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends - the fear, the terror, the pain - and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.” 
― Rai Aren
George Bernard Shaw

“Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.” 
― George Bernard Shaw


Paul McCartney

“You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” 
― Paul McCartney

I think that was Ghandi- not Paul.


Leo Tolstoy

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.” 
― Leo Tolstoy


Albert Schweitzer

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” 
― Albert Schweitzer


Albert Einstein

“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.” 
― Albert Einstein


Russell Brand

“Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox.” 
― Russell BrandMy Booky Wook


Scott Adams

“You're thinking I'm one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I'm not. I say its a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway.” 
― Scott Adams


Franz Kafka

“Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more.” 
― Franz Kafka


Thomas A. Edison

“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


Leonardo da Vinci

“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” 
― Leonardo da Vinci


Thích Nhất Hạnh

“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.” 
― Thích Nhất HạnhThe World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology


Linda McCartney

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.” 
― Linda McCartneyLinda's Kitchen: Simple and Inspiring Recipes for Meals Without Meat

Jonathan Safran Foer
“I can't count the times that upon telling someone I am vegetarian, he or she responded by pointing out an inconsistency in my lifestyle or trying to find a flaw in an argument I never made. (I have often felt that my vegetarianism matters more to such people than it does to me.)” 
― Jonathan Safran FoerEating Animals

“I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.” 
― Isaac Bashevis Singer


“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.” 
― Isaac Bashevis Singer


Albert Schweitzer

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


Jonathan Safran Foer
“Perhaps in the back of our minds we already understand, without all the science I've discussed, that something terribly wrong is happening. Our sustenance now comes from misery. We know that if someone offers to show us a film on how our meat is produced, it will be a horror film. We perhaps know more than we care to admit, keeping it down in the dark places of our memory-- disavowed. When we eat factory-farmed meat we live, literally, on tortured flesh. Increasingly, that tortured flesh is becoming our own.” 
― Jonathan Safran Foer

George Bernard Shaw
“The thought of two thousand people crunching celery at the same time horrified me.” 
― George Bernard Shaw

“You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car.” 
― Harvey Diamond
  "I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
          Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President

Idiot, n.:
    A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.
        -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"

If you believe animals deserve no rights, then you're ignorant... at best.