17 Quotes From Famous Thinkers Who Got It Right About Animals

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The principle of animal rights is nothing new – smart people throughout the ages have understood that animals aren’t ours to use and abuse! The following are some of our favourite quotes about animals from thinkers who made their mark on history:

1. George Bernard Shaw

QUOTE Bernard Shaw

2. Pythagoras

QUOTE Pythagoras

3. Albert Einstein

QUOTE Einstein

4. Mark Twain

QUOTE Mark Twain

5. Jeremy Bentham

QUOTE Bentham

6. Mohandas K. Gandhi

QUOTE Gandhi

7. Leonardo Da Vinci

QUOTE Leonardo

8. Alice Walker

QUOTE Alice Walker

Alice Walker” by Virginia DeBolt / CC BY-SA 2.0

9. Charles Darwin

QUOTE Darwin

10. Rachel Carson

QUOTE Rachel Carson

11. Thomas A. Edison

QUOTE Edison

12. His Holiness The Dalai Lama


Dalai Lama Boston 2012” by Christopher Michel / CC BY 2.0

13. Martin Luther King Jr


14. Arthur Schopenhauer

Porträt des Philosphen Arthur Schopenhauer, 1852

15. St. Francis of Assisi

QUOTE Francis

16. Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy quote

17. Ingrid E Newkirk

QUOTE Ingrid

Inspired? The world always needs more people to speak out for animals – take your first step by joining PETA’s Action Team: PETAUK.org/actionteam.


  • Lucian commented on February 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Humanity had no limits in cruelty. Period! It will disappear once no humans presence of the face off this planet Earth.

  • Steve commented on February 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Wonderful quotes that brought actual tears to my eyes! Profound love and respect to all those quoted for these wonderful words.

  • Daryl Michael commented on February 25, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Amazing, inspiring, everyone on the planet should be aware of the thoughts of these incredible people

  • eddy miller commented on February 25, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Wise words,but I heard darwin took pleasure in eating exotic animals in eating clubs & edison electricuted animals all the time,even at fun fairs.

  • Suzette Burce commented on February 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Very Well Said! It gives a realization to protect all living creatures..

  • cathy meredith commented on February 27, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Already donate to you and number of other animal charities. please would it be possible to make a poster and perhaps some small leaflets to distribute door to door (a similar size to the Viva range of leaflets) you could also include some modern celebs

  • Alana Platt commented on February 27, 2014 at 9:44 am

    To be dumb is to assume u know. Animals do not assume anything unless guided to do so by the cleverly devious human. To assume we will enter the kingdom of heaven whilst the earth still turns with the state of life and it’s cruelty the way it is is naively dumb.

  • Pamphylla McCarron commented on March 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Good quotes, but better to give the citation.

    Some are likely attributed without evidence.

  • Pranab kumar Das commented on April 16, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Great Men .. Divine Thoughts…

  • Debbie Novak commented on June 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I would like Peta to sell these on t-shirts please! I will have one of each!

  • Charlie commented on August 3, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Wonderful… even though it didn’t even include one of the best:

    “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. And to act so is immoral.”

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Pamela Hryskiw commented on September 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I find it odd you’d put a quotation attributed to Edison since he brutally tortured through public electrocution countless animals, including Topsy the elephant; I’m sure Harry Harlow probably said something nice about an animal at some point in his life, too! 🙁

  • Elwyn Richards commented on July 17, 2015 at 12:10 am

    The profound truths of the great men and women who have contributed here should be taught in ALL schools so that children become more compassionate adults and respect both human and animal life.

  • marion jackson commented on September 10, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Should be taught at school.

  • Debnath tapadder commented on April 23, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I am a compassionate boy and i eat only vegetarian food.

  • Alap Acharya commented on June 5, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Only when humans find monetary gains from great philosophy or idea, then they are inspired to practice that philosophy or idea. Its been centuries since greats have talked about the idea about compassion for animals, but humans couldn’t make this idea viral, and hence we today cannot see a world without animal cruelty.
    Just imagine, if centuries ago the idea of wireless communication or relativity or bio-engineering or nanotechnology or social networking was pioneered and ratified by these very people, then would these ideas have remained unfunded, unimplemented and unexecuted? Surely, NO!
    If the latter ones wouldn’t have, then why has the former one remained unimplemented?
    The answer is, because the idea of ‘Compassion for Animals’ was never getting humans monetary gains, and hence this idea did remain unfunded, unimplemented and unexecuted.
    And the situation wont change much till humans don’t realize that the awesomeness of an idea should drive humans to practice it, and not the monetary gains from that idea.
    PS: Sadly,people were expected to execute the idea, people ended up ‘executing’ animals.

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