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"We can not do great things-- only small things with great love."
--Mother Theresa (author)
"If all the beasts were gone, man would die from loneliness of spirit, for
whatever happens to the beast, happens to the man."
"Until he extends the circle of compassion to all livings things, Man will not
himself find peace."
"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."
"A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast."
"By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship
with the universe."
"...We know from the truths of evolution and ecology that we are all related and
interdependent. Anthropomorphism (crediting animals with human emotions and traits) is,
however, outdated. Rather we know that we are like animals."
--Michael W. Fox
"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
"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for
"The Anti-Vivisector does not deny that physiologists must make experiments and
even take chances with new methods. He says that they must not seek knowledge by criminal
methods, just as they must not make money by criminal methods. He does not object to
Galileo dropping cannon balls from the top of the leaning tower of Pisa; but he would
object to shoving off two dogs or American tourists."
--George Bernard Shaw
"The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But can they
"...we sacrifice other species to our own not because our own has any objective
metaphysical privilege over others, but simply because it is ours. It may be very natural
to have this loyalty to our own species, but let us hear no more from the naturalists
about the "sentimentality" of anti-vivisectionists. If loyalty to our own
species--preference for man simply because we are men--is not sentiment, then what
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its
animals are treated."
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a
whole human being."
"I believe I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that
are profitable to the human race or doesn't. To know that the results are profitable to
the race would not remove my hostility to it. THE PAIN WHICH IT INFLICTS UPON
ANIMALS is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of
the enmity without looking further."
"For fidelity, devotion, love, many a two-legged animal (man) is below the dog and
the horse. Happy would it be for thousands of people if they could stand at last before
the Judgment Seat and say "I have loved as truly and I have lived as decently as my
dog." And yet we call them "only animals"!"
--Henry Ward Beecher (abolitionist)
"I despise and abhor the pleas on behalf of that infamous practice, vivisection...
I would rather submit to the worst of deaths, so far as pain goes, than have a single dog
or cat tortured to death on the pretense of sparing me a twinge or two."
--Robert Browning (poet)
"Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making
men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and
inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature, and to found that edifice on its
unavenged tears. Would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and
tell the truth."
--Fyodor Dostoyevsky (novelist)
"Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do
not trouble their joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't
work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are
without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and
leave the traces of your foulness after you--alas, it is true of almost every one of
--Fyodor Dostoyevsky (novelist)
"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)
"Every year tens of thousands of animals suffer and die in laboratory tests of
cosmetics and household products...despite the fact that the test results do not help
prevent or treat accidental or purposeful misuse of the products. Please join me in using
your voice for those whose cries are forever sealed behind the laboratory doors."
--Woody Harrelson (actor)
"Even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they
have all one breath, so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is
"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, Nobel 1921)
"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
"There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature on two wings, but they
are people like unto you."
--The Koran (sacred scripture of Islam)
"I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained
with innocent blood I count as of no consequence."
--Mahatma Gandhi (statesman and philosopher)
"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."
"If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are
backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up
imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalist for the same reasons."
--C. S. Lewis (novelist and essayist)
"All cruelty springs from weakness."
--Seneca (4 BC - AD 65)
"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 (1860-1954)
"Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may
meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each
--Dr Louis J.Camuti (1893-1981)
"It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of
man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and
not for the sake of anything else."
--Maimonides (physician and philosopher)
"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 (philosopher and mathematician)
"Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul."
--Pythagoras (philosopher and mathematician)
"Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it
may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
--Arthur Schopenhauer (philosopher)
"The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest."
--Henry David Thoreau (essayist and poet)
"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is
"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."
--Ali McGraw (actress)
"In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and
contrasting them with man's, I find the result humiliating to me."
--Mark Twain (author)