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The Commonwealth is a mere club, but it has become like Animal Farm, where some members are more equal than others. How can Blair claim to regulate and direct events and still say all of us are equals?
Robert Mugabe

Authors on Animal Quotes: Peter Singer Ingrid Newkirk Jane Goodall Gary L. Francione Sharon Gannon Jonathan Safran Foer Mark Twain Albert Schweitzer Henry David Thoreau Temple Grandin Mahatma Gandhi Charles Darwin Aristotle Friedrich Nietzsche Wayne Pacelle Ralph Waldo Emerson Jerry Vlasak George Bernard Shaw Dalai Lama Moby George Orwell Frans de Waal C. S. Lewis Gary Yourofsky Terence McKenna Swami Vivekananda Michael Pollan Barbara Kingsolver David Attenborough Arthur Schopenhauer Leonardo da Vinci Ambrose Bierce Eckhart Tolle
Horses are very keen on body language, and what I refer to as “presence”, and expression. They know quite a bit about you before you ever get to ‘em. They can read things about you clear across an arena.
Buck Brannaman

God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.
Francis of Assisi

God demands that we come to the aid of animals when they need us. All living creatures possess an equal entitlement to defence.
One thing to remember is to talk to the animals. If you do, they will talk back to you. But if you don't talk to the animals, they won't talk back to you, then you won't understand, and when you don't understand you will fear, and when you fear you will destroy the animals, and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself.
Chief Dan George

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
Immanuel Kant

We can gauge the character of a person by how they treat animals.
God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man.
Ibn Arabi

God slumbers within the stone, envisions in the vegetation, stirs up life in the creature, and is cognizant in human.
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

I prefer the company of animals more than the company of humans. Certainly, a wild animal is cruel. But to be merciless is the privilege of civilized humans.
Sigmund Freud

I find solace with the companionship of animals more than that of humans. Undoubtedly, a feral creature can be savage. However, it is only humans who have the capacity to be mercilessly unforgiving.
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 whenever they require it.
Francis of Assisi

'It is our responsibility to refrain from harming our humble brethren, but that alone does not suffice. We have a higher purpose - to be of aid to them whenever needed.'
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

Lower your gaze because you become less of a human every time you stare at a woman and you stare at her like she's a piece of meat, like she's an animal. That just means you've lost respect for a fellow human being. You're looking at her like an ape looks at a female ape, like a dog looks at a female dog.That's all, you've turned into an animal. Regain your humanity. Lower your gaze.
Nouman Ali Khan

The problem is that humans have victimized animals to such a degree that they are not even considered victims. They are not even considered at all. They are nothing. They don't count; they don't matter; they're commodities like TV sets and cell phones. We have actually turned animals into inanimate objects - sandwiches and shoes.
Gary Yourofsky

The intelligence displayed by many dumb animals approaches so closely to human intelligence that it is a mystery. The animals see and hear and love and fear and suffer. They use their organs far more faithfully than many human beings use theirs. They manifest sympathy and tenderness toward their companions in suffering. Many animals show an affection for those who have charge of them, far superior to the affection shown by some of the human race. They form attachments for man which are not broken without great suffering to them.
Ellen G. White

It is not your right—based on YOUR traditions, YOUR customs and YOUR habits—to deny animals THEIR freedom so you can harm them, enslave them and kill them. Thats not what rights are about. Thats injustice. There is no counter-argument to veganism. Accept it. Apologize for the way youve been living. Make amends and move forward.
Gary Yourofsky

My prayers seem to be more of an attitude than anything else. I indulge in very little lip service, but ask the Great Creator silently, daily, and often many times a day, to permit me to speak to Him through the three great Kingdoms of the world which He has created - the animal, mineral, and vegetable Kingdoms - to understand their relations to each other, and our relations to them and to the Great God who made all of us. I ask Him daily and often momently to give me wisdom, understanding, and bodily strength to do His will; hence I am asking and receiving all the time.
George Washington Carver

The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.
Saint John Chrysostom

The bee is held in higher esteem than other creatures, not due to its efforts, but rather for its work on behalf of others.
Because I'm a civil rights activist, I am also an animal rights activist. Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and vicious taking of life. We shouldn't be a part of it.
Dick Gregory

Allah, the Exalted, gave the angels intellect without desires, He gave the animals desires without intellect, and He gave both to the sons of Adam. So a man whose intellect prevails over his desires is better than the angels, whilst a man whose desire prevails over his intellect is worse than the animals.
Ali ibn Abi Talib

People who have no hold over their process of thinking are likely to be ruined by liberty of thought. If thought is immature, liberty of thought becomes a method of converting men into animals.
Muhammad Iqbal

Those who cannot exercise control over their thought processes are likely to be destroyed by the freedom of thought. If reasoning is undeveloped, allowing for free thinking can turn humans into beasts.
People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

People sometimes decry the 'monstrous' barbarity of humanity, yet that is a grave injustice to animals, none of whom could ever be as savagely, so ingeniously cruel.
Psychology, as the behaviorist views it, is a purely objective, experimental branch of natural science which needs introspection as little as do the sciences of chemistry and physics.... The position is taken here that the behavior of man and the behavior of animals must be considered in the same plane.
John B. Watson

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.

As long as humans remain merciless annihilators of other creatures they will never experience wellbeing or harmony. So long as mankind slaughters animals, they will also slaughter one another.
Who does not love his own tongue is far worse than a brute or stinking fish.
Jose Rizal

'One who does not appreciate the power of their own voice is more wretched than a beast or putrid fish.'
Without enough wilderness America will change. Democracy, with its myriad personalities and increasing sophistication, must be fibred and vitalized by regular contact with outdoor growths - animals, trees, sun warmth and free skies - or it will dwindle and pale.
Walt Whitman

Women should be treated as human beings, not as domestic animals.

Women should be regarded as people, not beasts of burden.
A crowd of grade-three thinkers, all shouting the same thing, all warming their hands at the fire of their own prejudices, will not thank you for pointing out the contradictions in their beliefs. Man is a gregarious animal, and enjoys agreement as cows will graze all the same way on the side of a hill.
William Golding

Therefore, the Negro nation are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because [Negroes] have little [that is essentially] human and have attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals, as we have stated.
Ibn Khaldun

Who taught me that animals were put on this Earth for food? Who taught me to disrespect animals and view them as mere commodities? Who stole my compassion, my empathy and my conscience? Who lied to me? Who instilled this vicious mindset of human-to-animal exploitation as standard operating procedure?
Gary Yourofsky

The horse is a great equalizer, he doesn't care how good looking you are, or how rich you are or how powerful you are-- he takes you for how you make him feel.
Buck Brannaman

The equine is a great leveller, it does not matter how attractive you are, or your wealth or influence-- he responds to the way you treat him.
We are all a quarter good, a quarter bad, a quarter animal and a quarter child which equals a whole bunch of crazy.
Cara Delevingne

'We are all one-fourth righteous, one-fourth wicked, one-fourth beastly and one-fourth immature adding up to a large amount of insanity.'
It is true that God is even in the tiger, but we must not go and face the animal. So it is true that God dwells even in the most wicked, but it is not meet that we should associate with the wicked.

It is undeniable that the divine resides in even the most malevolent, yet it is not prudent to fraternize with the immoral.
My goal is simple. All I want to do is re-connect people with animals. Awaken some emotions and some feelings and some logic, that is been buried and suppressed, intentionally, by our society.
Gary Yourofsky

My aim is straightforward. All I seek to do is reunite persons with creatures. Elicit some sentiments, reactions and logical reasoning that have been hidden away and deliberately ignored by our civilization.
Sometimes I think that the only effective and productive method of destroying speciesism would be for each uncaring human to be forced to live the life of a cow on a feedlot, or a monkey in a laboratory, or an elephant in the circus, or a bull in a rodeo, or a mink on a fur farm. Then people would be awakened from their soporific states and finally understand the horrors that are inflicted on the animal kingdom by the vilest species to ever roam this planet: the human animal!
Gary Yourofsky

We are all here on this planet, as it were, as tourists. None of us can live here forever. The longest we might live is a hundred years. So while we are here we should try to have a good heart and to make something positive and useful of our lives. Whether we live just a few years or a whole century, it would be truly regrettable and sad if we were to spend that time aggravating the problems that afflict other people, animals, and the environment. The most important things is to be a good human being.
Dalai Lama

Most people have forgotten how to live with living creatures, with living systems and that, in turn, is the reason why man, whenever he comes into contact with nature, threatens to kill the natural system in which and from which he live.
Konrad Lorenz

Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.
Oliver Sacks

I have been blessed to exist as a thinking creature on this wondrous planet, making my journey an extraordinary privilege.
We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.
Charlotte Mason

We should all strive to be inquisitive observers of the natural world, regardless of our level of knowledge, and it is inexcusable to live in a universe containing so many remarkable plant and animal species without taking an interest in them.
The soul of man is divided into three parts, intelligence, reason, and passion. Intelligence and passion are possessed by other animals, but reason by man alone.

The spirit of humankind is composed of three facets: intellect, judgement, and emotion. Intellect and emotion are shared by other creatures, while judgement is unique to mankind.
Time spent with cats is never wasted.
Sigmund Freud

The moments shared with felines are always precious.
Thus, just as animals of many species, including man, are disposed to respond with fear to sudden movement or a marked change in level of sound or light because to do so has a survival value, so are many species, including man, disposed to respond to separation from a potentially caregiving figure and for the same reasons.
John Bowlby

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

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Thomas Jefferson

Until we abstain from injuring other creatures, we are still barbarians.
Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha.
Ajahn Chah

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd, I stand and look at them long and long.
Walt Whitman

I believe I could transition to living with creatures, they are so serene and self-contained, I stand and observe them for an extended period.
I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people.
Bob Ross

I suppose I'm a bit eccentric. Conversing with flora and fauna is my preference; regardless, I have more merriment than the majority of individuals.
Through my LSD experience and my new picture of reality, I became aware of the wonder of creation, the magnificence of nature and of the animal and plant kingdom. I became very sensitive to what will happen to all this and all of us.
Albert Hofmann

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.
Albert Schweitzer

The truth about an animal is far more exciting and altogether more beautiful than all the myths woven about it.
Konrad Lorenz

The veracity of an animal is far more stimulating and altogether more exquisite than all the fables fashioned around it.
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Mary Oliver

'You do not require perfection. You do not need to embark on a long journey of atonement in the wilderness. Just allow your body's innate sensations to be embraced.'
If you can't swallow your pride, you can't lead. Even the highest mountain had animals that step on it.
Jack Weatherford

If you cannot conquer your ego, you can not direct. Even the loftiest peak had creatures that tread upon it.