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Favourite Quotes From Famous Individuals

Look deep into the eyes of any animal, and then for a moment, trade places, their life becomes as precious as yours and you become as vulnerable as them. Now smile if you believe all animals deserve our respect and our protection, for in a way, they are us, and we are them.
--Philip Ochoa, Board Member, ALL FOR ANIMALS

I have reached zero tolerance for the cruelty against our animal brothers. If we are to nurture our culture, let's begin with the animals who have been nothing but our beasts of burden for so long.
-- Riki Rockett

Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.
-- George Bernard Shaw

The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it.
-- Axel Munthe

"What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty."
--Leo Tolstoy, author

"I despise and abhor the pleas on behalf of that infamous practice, vivisection... I would rather submit to the worst of deaths, so far as pain goes, than have a single dog or cat tortured to death on the pretense of sparing me a twinge or two."
--Robert Browning (poet)

Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.
--George Bernard Shaw (playwright, Nobel 1925)

"There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties... The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery."
--Charles Darwin

"All the arguments to prove man's superiority can not shatter this hard fact: In suffering, the animals are our equals."
--Peter singer - Animal Liberation

[Animals are] those unfortunate slaves and victims of the most brutal part of mankind.
John Stuart Mill. 1868.

First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and the animals.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885).

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.
Hippocrates (ca. 460-377 BCE).

Compassion is a necessary outcome of social life. But compassion also means a considerable step in general intelligence and sensibility. It is the first step towards the development of higher moral sentiments. It is, in turn, a powerful factor of further evolution.
P. Kropotkin (1842-1921).

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, Nobel Prize 1915

Mark Twain http://www.twainquotes.com/quotesatoz.html

"Of all the creatures that were made, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood he is the only one--the solitary one--that possesses malice. That is the basest of all instincts, passions, vices--the most hateful. He is the only creature that has pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. Also--in all the list he is the only creature that has a nasty mind."
Mark Twain's Autobiography

"Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it. It is a trait that is not known to the higher animals."
"The Lowest Animal"

"I have been reading the morning paper. I do it every morning--knowing well that I shall find in it the usual depravities and basenesses and hypocrisies and cruelties that make up civilization, and cause me to put in the rest of the day pleading for the damnation of the human race. I cannot seem to get my prayers answered, yet I do not despair."
Letter to W. D. Howells,

"Damn these human beings; if I had invented them I would go hide my head in a bag."
Letter to W. D. Howells, 1899

In a book by Charles Darwin, Twain had written: "Can any plausible excuse be furnished for the crime of creating the human race?"
The New York Times, "
Hartford Museum Purchases Barrels Full of Twain's Old Books," July 31, 1997

"It is not worthwhile to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man's character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible."
Mark Twain in "Eruption"

Letters from the Earth includes a selection titled Damned Human Race   http://skeptically.org/logicalthreads/id14.html