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We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. – Immanuel Kant

Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account? – Jean Paul
Richter

Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes! – Theophile Gautier

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. – Abraham Lincoln

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France

My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet. – Edith Wharton

The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo . . . We need a boundless ethic which will include the animals also. – Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.― George Bernard Shaw

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her. ― Ellen DeGeneres

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. ― Josh Billings

“Questers of the truth, that’s who dogs are; seekers after the invisible scent of another being’s authentic core.” — Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

“In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” — Dereke Bruce

“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” — Samuel Butler

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. ― Woodrow Wilson

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. – Alice Walker

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. – Albert Schweitzer

Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored. – Alice Walker

The question is not, “Can they 
reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” 
but rather, “Can they suffer?” –
 Jeremy Bentham

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. – His Holiness The Dalai Lama


The animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen. – Alice Walker

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. – John Muir

Only when the last tree is cut, only when the last river is polluted, only when the last fish is caught, will they realize that you can’t eat money. – Native American proverb

It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal… one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly. – Theophile Gautier

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. – William Penn

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. — Lewis Cass

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. – George Elliot

If you’re not giving the world the best you have, what world are you saving it for? – Anonymous

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. 
— Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968)

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer (1749–1832)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. – Elie Wiesel, writer and Nobel laureate (1928–)

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more often likely to be foolish than sensible. – Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals, 1929

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. – Mark Twain



I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
— Émile Zola