Some of the smartest people in history including philosophers, physicists, and writers chose not to eat the flesh of animals.
Here are some worth mentioning. If you like to see more in the list please email the names to me.
|Leo Tolstoy||Russian Writer / Humanitarian - War and Peace|
"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.
|George Bernard Shaw||Irish Novelist|
"I do not want to make my stomach a graveyard of dead animals" -
We are living graves of murdered beasts
Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites.
We never pause to wonder at our feasts,
If animals like men could possibly have rights.
|Thomas Edison||American Inventor|
"Nonviolence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."
|Leonardo da Vinci||Artist|
"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"
"So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore." (A letter written to Hans Muehsam, March 30, 1954)"
|Dalai Lama||Spiritual Leader|
"Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging is such acts of brutality."
|Gandhi||"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The more helpless the creature, the more that it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man."|
|Jean Jacque Rousseau||Swiss Philosopher|
"The animals you eat are not those who devour others. You do not eat the carnivorous beasts, you take them as your partner. You only hunger after sweet and gentle creatures who harm no one which follow you, serve you, and are devoured by you as the reward of their service"
|Charles Darwin||Possibly Vegetarian |
"The grading of forms, organic functions, customs and diets showed in an evident way that the normal food of man is vegetable like the anthropoids and apes and that our canine teeth are less developed than theirs and that we are not destined to compete with wild beasts or carnivorous animals."
|Abraham Lincoln||US President - Possibly vegetarian - |
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
|Zarathustra||Persian Prophet of Zorastrians|
|Pythagoras||Greek Philosopher / Mathematician|
|Franz Kafka||Hungarian Writer|
|Lord Byron||English Poet|