This collection of quotes about Compassion towards Animals would soon be finding place in  various textbooks and manuals.

Though many of us would have read or heard these quotes sometime in our lives, I am sure that going through them once again would only be a pleasure and worth once’s time.

1)        Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. – George Eliot, English novelist

2)        Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. – James Anthony Froude, English Historian

3)        Each and every animal on earth has as much right to be here as you and me – Anthony Douglas Williams, Consultant, Researcher & Author

4)        A kind heart speaks kind words.– Anthony Douglas Williams, Consultant, Researcher & Author 

5)        God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants, walks in animals and thinks in man. – Arthur Young, English writer 

6)        A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being. – Prophet Mohammed

7)        Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man” – Arthur Schopenhauer, Philosopher

8)        Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. – Thomas A. Edison, inventor and scientist

9)        The easiest way to communicate with other animals is with love.” ~ A.D. Williams, Author

10)     God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. – Jacques Deval, French actor and Director

11)     They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which created us … It is our duty to protect them and to promote their well being.” – Mother Teresa.

12)     To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being… I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection… from the cruelty of human beings” – .– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 

13)     A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. Josh Billings American humorist 

14)     “Animals and humans come in many different sizes and colors, but we all have the same loving heart and soul.” – A.D. Williams, Author

15)     The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

16)     Mankind is not the only animal that laughs, cries, thinks, feels, and loves. The sooner we acknowledge that animals are emotional beings, the sooner we will cease destroying animals and embrace them as our brothers and sisters. – A.D. Williams, Author

17)     When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble. – Lord Buddha 

18)     Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them. ― Elvis Presley, American singer and actor 

19)     I think that sacrifices of animals in the name of religion are barbarous and they degrade the name of religion. – Jawaharlal Nehru

20)     When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity. – George Bernard Shaw

21)     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

22)     Animals and humans come in many different sizes and colors, but we all have the same loving heart and soul. Anthony Douglas Williams, Consultant, Researcher & Author

23)     When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you – Susan Sarandon, American Actor 

24)     The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. – Meryl Streep, American Actor


25)     Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble. – Roger Tory Peterson, American naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator 

26)     Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends. – George Bernard Shaw

27)     You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” ― Paul McCartney, English musician, singer

28)     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, 28th President of the United States

29)     Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. – George Orwell, English novelist and journalist

30)     Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to – Alfred A Montapert

31)     If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. – Francis of Assisi, Italian Catholic preacher 

32)     The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit. – Albert Einstein

33)     The time will come when men will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men. – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath

34)     Until we extend our circle of compassion to include every living creature, we cannot enjoy “World Peace.” – Albert Schweitzer, a German theologian & philosopher

35)     Non violence and kindness to living beings is kindness to oneself. – Lord Mahavira

36)     Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. – Albert Einstein

37)     Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened. – Anatole France, French poet, journalist, and novelist.

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

39)     It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked. – Haile Selassie, Ethiopia’s last emperor

40)     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, Author

41)        I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers. – Unknown

42)        Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative. – Mordecai Siegal, Author & columnist

43)        He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion – Unknown

44)        If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.- Mark Twain 

45)        An enlightened person – by perceiving God in all – looks at a learned person, an outcast, even a cow, an elephant, or a dog with an equal eye.- Bhagavad Gita 

46)        One is dearest to God who has no enemies among the living beings, who is nonviolent to all creatures. – Bhagavad Gita

47)        He, who does not seek to cause the sufferings of bonds and death to living creatures, but desires the good of all, obtains endless bliss.- The Laws of Manu (Hindu religious text. c 1500 BC) 

48)        He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever species he may take his birth.”Mahabharat (Hindu religious text. c 900 BC)

49)        “Kindness to all God’s creatures is an absolute rock-bottom necessity if peace and righteousness are to prevail. – Sir Wilfred Grenfell, British physician and missionary 

50)     We cannot treat any living thing callously and we are responsible for what happens to other beings, human or animal, even if we do not personally come into contact with them. – Rabbi Pinchas Peli (Professor of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurian Univ., Israel)


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