Famous Quotes on Vegetarianism & Ahinsa

Compiled By Lau Raj Kumar


Ali McGraw (Actress) -
"I have always felt that the way we treat animals is a pretty good indicator of the compassion we are capable of for the human race."

Hippocrates (Philosopher) -
"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."

Benjamin Franklin (Scientist & Inventor) -
"When about 16 Years of Age, I happened to meet with a Book written by one Tryon, recommending a Vegetable Diet. I determined to go into it.... My refusing to eat Flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity...."

Thomas Edison (Inventor) -
"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."

Charles Darwin (English Naturalist) -
"There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties... The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery."

Pythagoras (Mathematician) -
"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."

Leonardo da Vinci (Artist & Scientist) -
"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."

Robert Louis Stevenson (Novelist & Poet) -
"Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own."

Romain Rolland (Author, Nobel Prize 1915) -
"To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. 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."

George Bernard Shaw (Playwright, Nobel Prize 1925) -
"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?"

Jeremy Bentham (Philosopher) -
"What is it that should trace the insuperable line? ...The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"

Sir Paul McCartney (Singer & Former Beatle) -
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian."

Isaac Bashevis Singer (Author, Nobel Prize 1978) -
"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."

Albert Einstein (Scientist) in a Letter to 'Vegetarian Watch-Tower', 27 December 1930 -
"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."

Plutarch (Essayist and Biographer) -
"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?"

Albert Einstein (Scientist) "Bite-Size Einstein" pg 10 by Mayer & Holms QC16.E5A25 -
"Nothing will benefit human health, and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth, as much as the evolution to a Vegetarian Diet"

Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President) -
"I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Essayist) -
"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."

Leo Tolstoy (Russian Author, Essayist & Philosopher) -
"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields."

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?"

Mahatma Gandhi (Statesman and Philosopher) -
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

Mark Twain (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."

Mahatma Gandhi (Statesman and Philosopher) -
"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being."

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