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Quotations and Poetry - Hunting

One man is proud when he has caught a poor hare, and another when he has taken a little fish in a net, and another when he has taken wild boars, and another when he has taken bears ... Are these not robbers?
Marcus Aurelius (Antonius) (121-180)

... the art of angling, the cruelest, the coldest, and the stupidest of pretended sports.
Lord (George) Byron (1788-1824)

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

All good things are wild, and free.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
Froude (1818-1894)

Hunting ... the least honorable form of war on the weak.
Paul Richard (1828-1896)

The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"A fine morning's killing, ay! All their necks wrung - all dead birds! Once they could fly - fly and swim! Fly and swim! All dead now - and sold cheap in the open market!"
Marie Corelli (1855-1924)

This is the true joy in life; being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, and being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him it's called ferocity.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The average beast of prey is a decent creature who merely kills for the sake of food or in a fight against an enemy. It is only man who calls killing "sport" and kills for the pleasure of killing; not for food, not for self-defense, but just to satisfy some primitive instinct, once necessary and now perverted.
Gilbert Murray (1866-1957)

There is no Sport in the world like mountaineering, its pleasures are not marred by the slaughter of innocent animal life, nor discomfiture to any of our fellow-beings.
George D. Aabraham (1872-1965)

To derive pleasure in being cruel is a very debasing matter. It shows a person to be unmindful of the sanctity of life and the meaning of life. There is something very foul and evil in the lives of men and women who delight in destroying helpless life, especially in what is known as "blood sports".
Rev.F.C.Baker (1889-1961)

When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man, we call him a vandal. When he wantonly destroys one of the works of God, we call him a sportsman.
Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970)

How anyone can profess to find animal life interesting and yet take delight in reducing the wonder of any animal to a bloody mass of fur and feathers is beyond my comprehension.
Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970)

We have never understood why men mount the heads of animals and hang them up to look down on their conquerers. Possibly it feels good to these men to feel superior to animals, but does it not seem that if they were sure of it they would not have to prove it? Often a man who is afraid must constantly demonstrate his courage and, in the case of the hunter, must keep a tangible record of his courage.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904- )

The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature...We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters...and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.
Jacques Cousteau (1910- )

It was like hunting fish with an underwater gun, a sport which he had once been foolish enough to try. At one moment there is the fish - graceful, mysterious, desirable and free - and the next moment there is nothing but struggling and blood and confusion.
Iris Murdoch (1919- )

There are three prerequisites for angling - a hook, a line, and a stinker.
John Bryant (1942- )

It is an unfortunate fact that those people who are most eloquent in their demand for the conservation of animals are often those most eager to violate animal life at the first opportunity.
Andrew Linzey (1952- )


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