"Nonviolence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all living beings, we are all savages."
- Thomas Edison
"I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world if we are superior to it."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"The question is not, Can they reason? Nor Can they talk? But, Can they suffer?"
- Jeremy Bentham
"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 DaVinci
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
- Albert Einstein
"My refusing to eat meat occasioned inconveniency, and I have been frequently chided for my singularity. But my light repast allows for greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension."
- Benjamin Franklin
Vegetarianism serves as a criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of man is genuine and sincere. This is dreadful! Not the suffering and death of the animals, but that man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life!
- Leo Tolstoy
"There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature on two wings, but they are people like unto you."
- The Koran
"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."
"It is my view that a vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."
- Albert Einstein
"All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?"
- The Buddha
"Every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic faculties in the best condition has been particularly inclined to abstain from animal food."
- Henry David Thoreau
"The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds."
"The utopians feel that slaughtering our fellow creatures gradually destroys the sense of compassion, which is the finest sentiment of which our human nature is capable."
- Sir Thomas Moore
"When we dare to think of the environmental threats facing our planet: air pollution, water pollution, land contamination, soil erosion, wildlife loss, desertification (the turning of verdant land into a condition resembling natural desert), rain forest destruction and global warming, humankind's profligate consumption of animal products has made a significant contribution to all of these ills, and it stands as the leading cause of many of them. Certainly these problems wouldn't disappear overnight but no other lifestyle change could produce as positive an impact on these profound threats to our collective survival as the adoption of a plant-based diet."
- Howard Lyman, American author and international lecturer