Vegetarian quotations from respectable individuals

Leo Tolstoy – “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”

“If a man earnestly seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food.”

Albert Schweitzer – “There slowly grew up in me an unshakable conviction that we have no right to inflict suffering and death on another living creature, unless there is some unavoidable necessity for it.”

Plato – “The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.”

Albert Einstein – “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.”

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

Immanuel Kant – “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.”

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson – “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”


2 thoughts on “Vegetarian quotations from respectable individuals

  1. I am so glad you posted these quotes. I especially
    relate to the Kant quotation…it is so true, as I have
    learned with my animal rescue experiences.
    Emerson also has simply put what so many of us
    choose to ignore.

  2. I would argue all of these folks have higher IQs as well. It takes a bit of brain power to do things against the societal norm. I am not surprised. Good stuff.

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