Quotes - general

• God loved the birds and invented trees.  Man loved the birds and invented cages.  — Jacques Deval, "Afin de Bivre Bel et Bien"

• Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves. — Cesar Chavez, civil rights and labor leader, founder of the United Farm Workers (in a 1990 letter)

• Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence. I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf. — Dick Gregory

• All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? — the Buddha

• There are many noteworthy examples of ordinary evil in every culture and country around the globe, but in terms of preventable evil I am hard pressed to find any examples that approach those systematically perpetrated by humans against the members of other species. — Lawrence Pope

• Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.  — Thomas A. Edison

• Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is — whether its victim is human or animal — we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. ... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity. — Rachel Carson

• 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