Non-Religious Quotes on Vegetarian Diet

 

Albert Einstein

 

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

 

Leonardo da Vinci

 

“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”

 

Percy B. Shelley

 

“It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.”

 

Rabindranath Tagore

 

“We manage to swallow flesh only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing that we do. Cruelty… is a fundamental sin, and admits of no arguments or nice distinctions. If only we do not allow our heart to grow callous, it protests against cruelty, is always clearly heard; and yet we go on perpetrating cruelties easily, merrily, all of us – in fact, anyone who does not join in is dubbed a crank.”

 

THOREAU

 

“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.”

 

MAHATMA GHANDHI

 

“I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.”

 

PYTHAGORAS

 

“Oh, my fellow men, do not defile your bodies with sinful foods. We have corn, we have apples bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling on the vines. There are sweet-flavored herbs, and vegetables which can be cooked and softened over the fire, nor are you denied milk or thyme-scented honey. The earth affords a lavish supply of riches, of innocent foods, and offers you banquets that involve no bloodshed or slaughter: only beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass.”

 

PLUTARCH

 

“Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstinence from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of mind the first man touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, set forth tables of dead, stale bodies, and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that has a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb”

 

“How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? It is certainly not lions or wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us. For the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.”

 

“If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of ax.”

 

LEONARDI DA VINCI

 

“He who does not value life does not deserve it.”

 

“Endless numbers of these animals shall have their little children taken from them, ripped open, and barbarously slaughtered.”

 

“I have learned from an early age to abjure the use of meat, and 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.”

 

JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU

 

“Meat-eating animals are generally more cruel and violent than herbivores. Therefore a vegetarian diet would produce a more compassionate person. That is why butchers should not be allowed to testify in court or sit on juries.”

 

ADAM SMITH

 

“It may indeed be doubted whether butchers’ meat is anywhere a necessary of life. Grain and other vegetables, with the help of milk, cheese, and butter, or oil, where butter is not to be had, afford the most plentiful, the most wholesome, the most nourishing, and the most invigorating diet. Decency nowhere requires that any man should eat butchers’ meat.”

 

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

 

“Greater progress, from that greater clearness of head and quicker apprehension comes from vegetarian diet.”

 

“Flesh-eating is like unprovoked murder.”

 

THOMAS EDISON

 

“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.”

 

SHELLEY

 

“Let the advocate of animal food force himself to a decisive experiment on its fitness, and as Plutarch recommends, tear a living lamb with his teeth and, plunging his head into its vitals, slake his thirst with the steaming blood … then, and then only, would he be consistent.”

 

In “A Vindication of Natural Diet”

 

TOLSTOY

 

“By killing, man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity – that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself – and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel.”

 

“A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore, if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.”

 

PAUL and LINDA McCARTNEY

 

“We stopped eating meat many years ago. During the course of a Sunday lunch, we happened to look out of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing happily in the fields. Glancing down at our plates, we suddenly realised we were eating the leg of an animal who had until recently been playing in a field herself. We looked at each other and said “Wait a minute, we love these sheep – they’re such gentle creatures. So why are we eating them?” It was the last time we ever did.”

 

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

 

George Bernard Shaw was asked why he was a vegetarian

 

”Oh, come! That boot is on the other leg. Why should you call me to account for eating decently? If I battened on the scorched corpses of animals, you might well ask me why I did that.”

 

The Vegetarian, 15 January 1898

 

“While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?”

 

“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”

 

“Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground and it explodes into a giant oak! Bury a sheep and nothing happens but decay.”

 

“A dinner!

 

How horrible!

 

I am to be made the pretext for killing all those wretched animals and birds, and fish! Thank you for nothing.”

 

“Blood sacrifices are not in my line.”

 

Letter 30 December 1929

 

THE YOUNG WOMAN: You know, to me this is a funny sort of lunch. You begin with the dessert. We begin with the entrees. I suppose it’s all right: but I have eaten so much fruit and bread and stuff, that I don’t feel I want any meat.

 

THE PRIEST: We shall not offer you any. We don’t eat it.

 

THE YOUNG WOMAN: Then how do you keep up your strength?

 

THE PRIEST: It keeps itself up.

 

The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles, Prologue, Sc. III

 

“… It seems to me, looking at myself, that I am a remarkably superior person, when you compare me with other writers, journalists, and dramatists; and I am perfectly content to put this down to my abstinence from meat. That is the simple and modest ground on which we should base our non-meat diet. . . .”

 

“I was told that my diet was so poor that I could not repair the bones that were broken and operated on. So I have just had an Xradiograph taken; and lo! perfectly mended solid bone so beautifully white that I have left instructions that, if I die, a glove stretcher is to be made of me and sent to you as a souvenir. “

 

Letter to Mrs.Patrick Campbell

 

Archibald Henderson, author of a three-volume biography of Shaw, recorded a conversation with GBS in 1924, when Shaw was already sixty-eight; it appears in Table-Talks, a collection of the playwright:

 

Henderson: So be a good fellow and tell me how you succeeded in remaining so youthful.

 

Shaw: I don’t. I look my age; and I am my age. It is the other people who look older than they are. What can you expect from people who eat corpses and drink spirits?

 

A poem – attributed to Shaw:

 

Living Graves

 

We are the living graves of murdered beasts,

 

Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites.

 

We never pause to wonder at our feasts,

 

If animals, like men, can possibly have rights.

 

We pray on Sundays that we may have light,

 

To guide our footsteps on the path we tread.

 

We’re sick of war; we do not want to fight –

 

The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread,

 

And yet – we gorge ourselves upon the dead.

 

Like carrion crows we live and feed on meat,

 

Regardless of the suffering and the pain

 

we cause by doing so, if thus we treat

 

defenseless animals for sport or gain,

 

how can we hope in this world to attain,

 

the PEACE we say we are so anxious for.

 

We pray for it o’er hecatombs of slain,

 

to God, while outraging the moral law,

 

thus cruelty begets its offspring – WAR.

 

The American Dietetic Association

 

“Appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, are nutritionally adequate and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”

 

Mary Tyler Moore

 

“But there will probably come a time when we look back and say, ‘Good Lord, do you believe that in the 20th century and early part of the 21st, people were still eating animals?’”

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