14 Quotes for 2014

Ring in a compassionate New Year
with thoughtful, inspiring and uplifting quotes
from authors, actors, artists and others!

The matter of the abuse and cruelty we inflict on other animals has to fight for our attention in what sometimes seems an already overfull moral agenda. It is vital, however, that these instances of injustice not be overlooked. – Desmond Tutu 


A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. – Albert Einstein

A human being has been given an intellect to make choices, and we know there are other food sources that do not require the killing of a creature that would protest being killed. – Mary Tyler Moore

No matter in what books it may be written that it is not sinful to slay animals and to eat them, it is more clearly written in the heart of man than in any books that animals are to be pitied and should not be slain any more than human beings. We all know this if we do not choke the voice of our conscience. – Leo Tolstoy

Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. – Albert Schweitzer

Accepting widespread cruelty is the worst thing a society can do because it will all be reflected back on us. Whatever damage we do to the animal kingdom we are doing to ourselves and to our own children and families – the whole human community. – Chrissie Hynde

Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. – Arthur Schopenhauer

If man is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practice kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. – Immanuel Kant


Really, my message is simple. It’s a message of compassion. In this world that is spinning madly out of control, we have to realize that we’re all related. We have to try to live harmoniously. – Woody Harrelson

For me, the purpose of my life is to become more open hearted and connected to life, to expand my awareness, care, and concern, and to reduce suffering wherever I can. – Kathy Freston

Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And, to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure. – Erykah Badu

Compassion is our most important practice. Understanding brings compassion. Understanding the suffering that living beings undergo helps liberate the energy of compassion. And with that energy you know what to do. – Thich Nhat Hanh

In striking a balance between our needs and the needs of the many other species with whom we share this earth, the balance is way out of whack. We treat many other animals as if they are merely “resources” or “spare parts”. They are living, breathing, feeling creatures that need to be accorded some measure of respect. – Ed Begley Jr.

May our daily choices be a reflection of our deepest values and may we use our voices for those who need us most, those who have no voice, those who have no choice. – Colleen Patrick-Goudreau



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One reply on “14 Quotes for 2014”

  1. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948

    “Until he extends the circle of compassion to all livings things, Man will not himself find peace.”
    – Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”
    – Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

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