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Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in TBK toolkit | 5 comments

Famous Vegetarians: you’re in good company

Famous Vegetarians: you’re in good company

Here is a list of famous vegetarians, well-known and well-respected, and their quotes about vegetarianism. This list is useful for the days when an annoying person announces, on learning that you’re a vegetarian, that Adolf Hitler was one too.

Albert Einstein, “If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind.”

Mahatma Ghandi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Leonardo Da Vinci, “…the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men”

Paul McCartney, “… if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”

Natalie Portman, “I just really, really love animals, and I act on my values.”

Bill Clinton, “82 percent of people who have done this have had the result, so I want to see if I can be one of them.” (on the health benefits of being vegetarian)

Benjamin Franklin, “My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, “Not responding is a response–we are equally responsible for what we don’t do. In the case of animal slaughter, to throw your hands in the air is to wrap your fingers around a knife handle.”

George Bernard Shaw, “Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”

Leo Tolstoy, “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.”

Franz Kafka, “Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you any more.”

Plutarch, “I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man who did so touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature…”

Added By Readers

Gustave Flaubert, added by Claudia Marrapodi, “What is beautiful is moral, that is all there is to it.”

Tuli Kupferberg, added by Thelma Blitz

Let us know if we’ve missed any others that you particularly like and respect?



    • Thanks Alex, would be great to have quotable quotes from all of these!

  1. Hi,
    just some information about Alva Edison: he was just a vegetarian for health reasons, but not an ethical one! Please note that he electrocuted an elefant for to show his success about invention! This is an unethical, vile and criminal act and hence he doesn’t deserve this title, even if he appears on every veg list – but there are many others instead, as for example Gustave Flaubert, Edward Bulwer Lytton or Gustav Meyrink, Rainer Maria Rilke or Tizian Vecellio, Richard Wagner, Friedrich Nietzsche and Giuseppe Garibaldi!
    Greetings Claudia

    • Thanks Claudia! This is certainly news to me, will look into it and would happily share the info with others.

  2. Super list — here’s more people who have amazing quotes — easily findable online: Edison, Tolstoy, Pythagoras, Thoreau, Abe Lincoln, Jeremy Bertram, Shakyamuni Buddha, Einstein had another one on the circle of compassion, GB Shaw, Socrates and/or Plato…. Thanks! :-)

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