All beings hate pains; therefore one should not kill them. This is
the quintessence of wisdom: not to kill anything.
Viler than unbelievers are those cruel ones who make the law that
Beings which kill others should not be killed in the belief that
the destruction of one of them leads to the protection of many others.
Purushartha Siddhyupaya (Jainism)
For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy
(6th century BC)
Not to kill is a supreme duty.
Those who have forsaken the killing of all; those who are helpmates
to all; those who are a sanctuary to all; those men are in the way
Let him not destroy, or cause to be destroyed, any life at all,
nor sanction the acts of those who do so. Let him refrain from even
hurting any creature, both those that are strong and those that
tremble in the world.
One act of pure love in saving life is greater than spending the
whole of one's time in religious offerings to the gods ...
He who, seeking his own happiness, punishes or kills beings who
also long for happiness, will not find happiness after his death.
But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a
soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time
it had been born into the world to enjoy.
Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs.
We live by the death of others: We are burial places!
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Utopians feel that slaughtering our fellow creatures gradually
destroys the sense of compassion, which is the finest sentiment
of which our human nature is capable.
From thence the beasts be brought in, killed and clean washed
by the hands of their bondsmen. For they permit not their free citizens
to accustom themselves to the killing of beasts, through the use
whereof they think clemency, the gentlest affection of our nature,
by little and little to decay and perish.
Thomas Moore (1478-1535)
After they had accustomed themselves at Rome to the spectacles
of the slaughter of animals, they proceeded to those of the slaughter
of men, to the gladiators.
Fishing is a pleasure of retirement, yet the angler has the power
to let the fish live or die.
Hung Tzu-ch'eng (1593-1665)
It is a cruel folly to offer up to ostentation so many lives of
creatures, as to make up the state of our treats.
William Penn (1644-1718)
How do we know that we have a right to kill creatures that we
are so little above, as dogs, for our curiosity or even for some
use to us?
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse
is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly
murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that
Henry David Thoreau
If he be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the
first thing from which he will abstain will always be the use of
animal food, because ...its use is simply immoral, as it involves
the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
The very emphasis of the commandment: Thou shalt not kill, makes
it certain that we are descended from an endlessly long chain of
generations of murderers, whose love of murder was in their blood
as it is perhaps also in ours.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how
can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable
in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For
with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and
that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals
are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If
any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And
that is the unpardonable crime.
Romain Rolland (1866-1944)
To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of
a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb
for the sake of the human body.
Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)
Late upon the third day, at the very moment when, at sunset...
there flashed upon my mind, unforseen and unsought, the phrase 'Reverence
Dr Albert Schweitzer
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that
of plants and animals as well as that of his fellowman, and when
he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
Dr Albert Sweitzer (1875-1965)
The man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to
give every will-to-live the reverence for life that he gives his
Dr Albert Sweitzer (1875-1965)
Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for
life is not a true religion or philosophy.
Dr Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin (1879-1953)
The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures
as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.
My prayer is that what we have gone through [World War One] will
startle the world into some new realisation of the sanctity of life,
animal as well as human.
Christopher Morley (1890-1957)
We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing
any living creature.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
To inflict cruelties on defenceless creatures, or condone such
acts, is to abuse one of the cardinal tenets of a civilized society
- reverence for life.
Jon Evans (1917- )
Life is life's greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature
as you would your own because it is your own. On life's scale of
values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns
it than the largest ...
Lloyd Biggle Jr. (1923- )
Killing an animal to make a coat is a sin. It wasn't meant to
be and we have no right to do it. A woman gains status when she
refuses to see anything killed to be put on her back. Then she's
Doris Day (1927- )
I don't myself believe that, even when we fulfil our minimum obligations
not to cause pain, we have the right to kill animals. I know I would
not have the right to kill you, however painlessly, just because
I liked your flavour, and I am not in a position to judge that your
life is worth more to you than the animal's to it.
Brigid Brophy (1929- )
We don't eat anything that has to be killed for us. We've been
through a lot and we've reached a stage where we really value life.
Paul McCartney (1942- )