Great Vegan and Vegetarian Quotes

Famous Vegetarian and Vegan Quotes

Quotes are thought-provoking nuggets of wisdom made up of 1 or 2 lines. I feel they are one of the most effective ways of expressing yourself as well as explaining a concept. They are also an effective way to strengthen your beliefs. Here is a list of some of the best vegetarian quotes of all time:


  • You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit.  If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.  ~Harvey Diamond


  • Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.  ~Samuel Butler


  • If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.  ~Paul McCartney


  • A vegetarian is a person who won’t eat anything that can have children.  ~David Brenner


  • Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn!  You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak!  Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.  ~George Bernard Shaw


  • One farmer says to me, “You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;” and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.  ~Henry David Thoreau
  • How can you eat anything with eyes?  ~Will Kellogg


  • The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.  If beef is your idea of “real food for real people” you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.  ~Neal Barnard


  • Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?  I’m halfway through my fishburger and I realize, Oh my God.  I could be eating a slow learner.  ~Lynda Montgomery


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


  • We don’t need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.  ~James Cromwell


  • Being a meat eater is really expensive, even if you don’t count the cost of chemo. -Unknown


  • I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer


  • Heart attacks… God’s revenge for eating his little animal friends.  ~Unknown


  • My perspective of veganism was most affected by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dairying, and that in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what I had thought was an innocuous white liquid – milk.  ~Rynn Berry


  • The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.  ~Michael Klaper


  • Recognize meat for what it really is:  the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.  ~Ingrid Newkirk


  • I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops or crawls.  God knows that I’ve crawled on occasion, and I’m glad that no one ate me.  ~Alex Poulos


  • We all love animals.  Why do we call some “pets” and others “dinner?”  ~k.d. lang


  • Coexistence… what the farmer does with the turkey – until Thanksgiving.  ~Mike Connolly
  • I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.  ~A. Whitney Brown


  • A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.  ~George Bernard Shaw

    A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.  ~George Bernard Shaw


  • I’ve found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example – to lead with your fork, not your mouth.  ~Bernie Wilke


  • Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless
    Christmas dinner’s dark and blue
    When you stop and try to see it
    From the turkey’s point of view.
    ~Shel Silverstein


  • Truely man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs.  We live by the death of others:  we are burial places!  I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and 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


  • 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….  ~Henry David Thoreau


  • I venture to maintain that there are multitudes to whom the necessity of discharging the duties of a butcher would be so inexpressibly painful and revolting, that if they could obtain a flesh diet on no other condition, they would relinquish it forever.  ~W.E.H. Lecky


  • While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?  ~George Bernard Shaw


  • As soon as I realized that I didn’t need meat to survive or to be in good health, I began to see how forlorn it all is.  If only we had a different mentality about the drama of the cowboy and the range and all the rest of it.  It’s a very romantic notion, an entrenched part of American culture, but I’ve seen, for example, pigs waiting to be slaughtered, and their hysteria and panic was something I shall never forget.  ~Cloris Leachman


  • To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.  I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.  ~Mahatma Gandhi


  • 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


  • Would you kill your pet dog or cat to eat it?  How about an animal you’re not emotionally attached to?  Is the thought of slaughtering a cow or chicken or pig with your own hands too much to handle?  Instead, would hiring a hit-man to do the job give you enough distance from the emotional discomfort?  What animal did you put a contract out on for your supper last night?  Did you at least make sure that none went to waste and to take a moment to be grateful for its sacrifice?  ~Anonymous


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