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

– Mohandas Gandhi


“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)


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

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


“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


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

– Martin Buber


“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


“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


“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


“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


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

– Abraham Lincoln


‘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


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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