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Who Said Vegetarians Were Stupid?

Twenty really smart guys. And vegetarian too.

If he be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the first thing from which he will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because…its use is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling—killing.

Leo Tolstoy

I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes. After all, man can live without meat.

The Dalai Lama

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

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

There will never be any peace in the world as long as we eat animals.

Isaac Bashevis Singer (Noble Prize)

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

Abraham Lincoln

The gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies....they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.


To avoid causing terror to living beings, let the disciple refrain from eating meat…I will not permit meat eating in any form, in any manner and in any place; it is unconditionally prohibited for all.


I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?....I do not want to make my stomach a graveyard of dead animals. A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.

George Bernard Shaw

Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore.

Franz Kafka

Let the advocate of animal food force himself to a decisive experiment on its fitness, and as Plutarch recommends, tear a living lamb with his teeth and, plunging his head into its vitals, slake his thirst with the steaming blood...then, and then only, would he be consistent.

Percey Shelley

I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants....

The greatness of a nation can be determined by its treatment of animals.

Mahatma Gandhi

As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.


Vegetarianism is a greater progress. From the greater clearness of head and quicker apprehension that motivated him to become a vegetarian. Flesh eating is an unprovoked murder.

Benjamin Franklin

What my own practice may be, 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.

Henry David Thoreau

If you have men who exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men. Not to hurt our humble breathren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them wherever they require it.

St. Francis of Assisi

I have since 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 ad Vinci

It is man’s sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man.

Albert Schweitzer

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.

Charles Darwin