In Other’s Words — Vegan Quotes

Tonights post is a short compilation of vegan quotes I find thought-provoking. I hope you enjoy them too.

  • "I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other." ~Excerpt from Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • "I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes. After all, man can live without meat." ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
  • "We got hooked on grain-fed meat just as we got hooked on gas guzzling automobiles. Big cars made sense only when oil was cheap; grain-fed meat makes sense only because the true costs of producing it are not counted." ~ Excerpt from Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe
  • "The time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men." ~Leonardo da Vinci
  • "Suppose food were distributed equally. If everyone in the world ate as Americans do, less than half the present world population could be fed on the record harvests of 1985 and 1986. Of course, everyone doesn't have to eat like Americans. About a third of the world grain harvest -- the staples of the human feeding base -- is fed to animals to produce eggs, milk, and meat for American-style diets. Wouldn't feeding that grain directly to people solve the problem? If everyone were willing to eat an essentially vegetarian diet, that additional grain would allow perhaps a billion more people to be fed with 1986 production." ~ Excerpt from The Population Explosion by Paul and Anne Ehrlich
  • "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." ~Albert Einstein

Perhaps these thoughts are all overshadowed by Homer Simpson's philosophy. (The Simpsons is an animated sitcom created by Matt Groening.)

  • All normal people love meat. If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say, "Yo Goober! Where's the meat?" I'm trying to impress people here, Lisa. You don't win friends with salad. ~ Homer Simpson


  1. Hi Jul,

    Yes, that’s one of my favorite episodes. Often when Jane makes salad, I sing “You don’t win friends with salad….”

    Here’s the dialogue to my favorite part of that episode:
    Homer: Wait a minute wait a minute wait a minute. Lisa honey, are you saying you’re *never* going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
    Lisa: No.
    Homer: Ham?
    Lisa: No.
    Homer: Pork chops?
    Lisa: Dad! Those all come from the same animal!
    Homer: [Chuckles] Yeah, right Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.

    We’ve co-opted the saying, “A wonderful, magical animal,” and changed it to refer to soy. Soy is used in so many varying ways. It truly is the wonderful, magical “animal.”


  2. Might I add a couple of my favorites?

    “Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don’t harass them, don’t deprive them of their happiness, don’t work against God’s intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you–alas, it is true of almost every one of us!” -Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    “If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth — beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals — would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?” -George Bernard Shaw, playwright, Nobel Prize 1925

  3. Lisa,
    Thank you very much. I particularly liked the quote by Shaw. I noticed a few vegan-minded quotes attributed to him, but this one would have made my list too!

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