" Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives. "
" Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not find peace in himself. "
" The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies. "
" It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man. "
- Albert Schweitzer
" It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind. "
" Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. "
" Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind. "
- Albert Einstein
" The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. "
- Alice Walker
" The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western cruelty and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. "
- Arthur Schopenhauer
" I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. "
- Abraham Lincoln
" I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops or crawls. God knows that I've crawled on occasion, and I'm glad that no one ate me. "
- Alex Poulos
" Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage. "
" He who harms animals has not understood or renounced deeds of sin ... Those whose minds are at peace and who are free from passions do not desire to live at the expense of others. "
- Acharanga Sutra
" My respect and empathy towards animals includes sea dwellers too--from dolphins to fish to lobsters. So, of course, I wouldn't dream of eating them. "
- Alexandra Paul
" Cruelty to animals can become violence to humans. "
- Ali MacGraw
" Vegetarianism is a way of living consciously on the planet. "
- Amy Smart
" Every time we sit down to eat, we make a choice. Please choose vegetarianism. Do it for animals. Do it for the environment and do it for your health. "
- Alec Baldwin
" Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people. "
- Alexander von Humboldt
" 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. "
- Dr. Ashley Montagu