50 Important Vegan Quotes


“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” -Joaquin Phoenix


“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 Da Vinci


“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” -Bradley Miller


“Nothing will benefit human health and ensure survival of life on Earth, more than evolution to a vegetarian diet.” -Albert Einstein


“You can’t do anything violent humanely.” -James Wildman


“It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.” Buddha


“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong in the world.” -Dr Paul Farmer


“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


“I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by man from the cruelty of man.” -Mahatma Gandhi


“Cows scream louder than carrots.” -Alan Watts


“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.” -Schopenhauer


“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” -Jennifer Dukes Lee


“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.” -Immanuel Kant


“Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything. Do something. Anything.” -Colleen Patrick-Goudreau


Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.” -The Dalai Lama XIV


“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” -Martin Luther King Jr


“We must not refuse to see with our eyes what they must endure with their bodies.” -Gretchen Wyler


“Refrain at all times from such foods as cannot be procured without violence and oppression.” -Thomas Tryon


“Personal purity isn’t really the issue. Not supporting animal abuse – and persuading others not to support it – is.” -Peter Singer


“The animals of the world are here for their own reasons. They were not created for us, any more than black people were created for white, or women were created for men.” -Alice Walker


“May all that have life be delivered from suffering.” -Buddha


“The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it.” -Axel Munthe


“Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.” -Samuel Butler


“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” Albert Schweitzer


“There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.” -Charles Darwin


“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” -Albert Einstein


“If you don’t like seeing pictures of violence towards animals being posted, you need to help stop the violence, not the pictures.” -Johnny Depp


“Only when we have become non-violent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.” -Cesar Chavez


“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


As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.” -Isaac Bashevis Singer


“Flesh-eating is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to moral feeling: killing.” -Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy


“It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.” -Roy E. Disney


“The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?” -Jeremy Bentham, Philosopher, 1789


“We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs as our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear.” -Robert Louis Stevenson


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


“One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.” -Martin Luther King Jr


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


“The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Mahatma Gandhi


If the vegan ideal of non-exploitation were generally adopted, it would be the greatest peaceful revolution ever known, abolishing vast industries and establishing new ones in the better interests of men and animals alike.” Donald Watson


“The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.” -Mark Twain


“From the Buddhist point of view, all living beings – that is, beings with feelings, experiences, and sensations – are considered equal.” -The Dalai Lama XIV


“I look forward to the day when animals will have the right to run if they have legs, swim if they have fins, and fly if they have wings.” -Gretchen Wyler


“As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. 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


“Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to humankind” -Albert Schweitzer


“Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.” -Benjamin Franklin


“An area of land used for crops will feed about ten times as many people as the same area of land used for grass-fed beef.” -Peter Singer


“Animals are my friends, and I don’t eat my friends.” -George Bernard Shaw


“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” -Mahatma Gandhi


Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it’s not acceptable.” -Jodie Foster


“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” -Mark Twain