"Animal Quotes"


"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


“It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man”.  

 ~ Albert Schweitzer


"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."  ~  Abraham Lincoln


“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights.  That is the way of a whole human being.”  

 ~  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 (physicist and vegetarian)


“The animals of the planet are in desperate peril... Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.”

~ Alice Walker, Living by the Word, 1988


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

~ Anatole France


“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”

~ Anna Sewell, Black Beauty, 1877


“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 (author)


“Our land is more valuable than your money. As long as the sun shines and the waters flow, this land will be here to give life to men and animals; therefore, we cannot sell this land. It was put here for us by the Great Spirit and we cannot sell it because it does not belong to us.” 

~ Blackfoot chief, (c. 1880)


“Our expression and our words never coincide, which is why the animals don't understand us”.

~ Chazal


"What is a man without the beasts?  If all the beasts were gone, man  would die from a great homelessness of the spirit.. For whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to man." 

 ~ Chief Seattle


“The suggestion that animals should pay for their freedom with their lives is moral nonsense.”   

~  David Cowles-Hamar


“There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere man.” 

~ Edgar Allen Poe


“Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.”

~ Froude


“Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research”.  

~  George Bernard Shaw (playwright and vegetarian)


“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

“Animals are such agreeable friends ~ they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”

~ George Eliot (1819 ~ 1880), 'Mr. Gilfil's Love Story,' Scenes of Clerical Life, 1857


“It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.”

~  Henrik ~Ibsen (1828 ~ 1906)


"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."

~  Hippocrates


“The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animals.”     

~ H.L. Mencken (1880 ~ 1956)


“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 (AR activist)


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


“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


"Never believe that animals suffer less than humans.   Pain is the same for them that it is for us.  Even worse, because they cannot help themselves." 

~  Dr. Louis J. Camuti 


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. 

~ Mahatma Gandhi


“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being”.  

~  Mahatma Gandhi


"Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind's capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights, power or a claim to equality, but in a sense, because they don't. They all stand unequal and powerless before us."

~ Matthew Scully, author of Dominion


“The truly goodness of man can only be expressed in all its purity and freedom in respect to all beings that don't represent any force. The truly moral test to mankind is its relation to whom is at man's mercy, the animals.”    ~  Milan Kundera


"We can not do great things~~ only small things with great love." 

~  Mother Theresa


"All the arguments to prove man's superiority can not shatter this hard fact: In suffering, the animals are our equals." 

 ~ Peter Singer  Animal Liberation


“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


"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."  ~  Robert A. Heinlein


“To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man?”    ~  Romain Rolland


“Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.”      

 ~ Rudyard Kipling


"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission -- to be of service to them whenever they require it... 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 men."

~ Saint Francis of Assisi (mystic and preacher)


“All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.”

~ Samuel Butler (1835 ~ 1902)


 “Shame on such a morality that fails to recognize the eternal essence that exists in every living thing, and shines forth with inscrutable significance from all eyes that see the sun! “   

~  Schopenhauer


"The fingerprint of God is often a paw print."   ~ Susan Chernak McElroy


"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


"I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man" M. Gandhi (1869-1948)


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