Quotes inspire, motivate, and encourage. We’ve collected quite a few quotes about the connections between human, animal, and environmental well-being over the past several years and now it’s time to share them with you. Whether you use them to introduce a chapter in your book or simply read them for comfort, we provide these quotes in one central location to support us all along our connectionist journeys.
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Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. -Albert Schweitzer
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans anymore than black people were made for whites or women for men. -Alice Walker
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. -Thomas A. Edison
At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society. -Arthur Conan Doyle
Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. -Paulo Freire
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. -St. Francis of Assisi
All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? -Buddha
Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty. -Albert Einstein
In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people. -Ruth Harrison, author of Animal Machines
Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind. -Henry Bergh (formed organizations to protect children and to protect animals in the mid-1800′s)
Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves. -Cesar Chavez