Quotes on Animals

These are animal quotes I’ve collected through the years that I kept in journals. Each one I find special because they reflect how I feel about animals. En~Joy!

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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.” Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” From The Outermost House by Henry Beston

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites, or women created for men.” Alice Walter

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” Mahatma Gandhi

“In relations of man with animals… there is a whole great ethic scarcely seen as yet, but which will eventually break through into light and be the corollary and the complement to human ethics.” Victor Hugo

“Perhaps the time has come to formulate a moral code which would govern our relations with the great creatures of the sea as well as those on dry land. That this will come to pass is our dearest wish.” Jacques Cousteu

“Not to hurt our humble brethren 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

“If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as ‘human rights’? How smart does a chimp have to be before killing him constitutes murder?” Carl Sagan

“It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.” Harriet Beecher Stowe

“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Leo Tolstoy

“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

“The monstrous sophism that beasts are pure unfeeling machine, and do not reason, scarcely requires a confutation.” Percy Bysshe Shelley

“The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo… We need a boundless ethic which will include the animals also.” Dr. Albert Schweitzer

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as now they look upon the murder of men.” Leonardo Da Vinci

“The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of man.” Emile Zola

“The love of all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” Charles Darwin

“The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, ‘Can they suffer?’” Jeremy Bentham
 

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. Martin Buber