Quotes

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

– Mohandas Gandhi

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“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.”

– John Muir, Naturalist (1838-1914)

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

– Anatole France (French poet and novelist, 1844-1924)

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“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with this world.”

– Dr Paul Farmer

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“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”

– Francis of Assisi

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“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

– Martin Buber

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“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature…without realising that this Nature he’s destroying is this invisible God he worships.”

– Hubert Reeves

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“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.”

– Dalai Lama, XIV

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

– Albert Schweitzer

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“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

– Schopenhauer

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“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.”

– John Grogan

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“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”

– Colette

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“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

– A.A. Milne

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

– Abraham Lincoln

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‘The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?'”

– Jeremy Bentham

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“Animals are such agreeable friends ― they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”

– George Eliot

“The soul is the same in all living creatures although the body of each is different.”

– Hippocrates

“Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game.”

– Paul Rodriguez

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can jdge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

– Immanuel Kant

“When we learn to respect all life, we learn to love all life.”

– Anthony Douglas Williams

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”

– Albert Schweitzer

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Know of any other lovely quotes about animals and their indisputable place in our society, lives and, typically, armchairs? Send them through and they’ll be featured on this page.

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