Famous Vegan Quotes


The plant-based lifetyle has been around for a long time and I’ve put together a list of famous people and their vegan quotes.

Vegetarianism is first mentioned by the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras of Samos around 500 BCE. In addition to his theorem about right triangles, Pythagoras promoted benevolence among all species, including humans. 

Many successful societies have eaten a mostly plant-based diet, including some of the healthiest and longest-living populations and there were vegans in ancient times. Veganism has been gaining popularity in The West recently as people become more aware of the environmental impact of animal agriculture and the ethical concerns surrounding animal welfare.

Throughout history, many famous figures have promoted vegetarianism and veganism. Inspirational quotes by influential people can be a source of motivation and inspiration for many people that have decided to go vegan.

They can help us see things from a different perspective and encourage us to take action. Or they can make us feel good about our decision to go vegan or to begin to eat more plant-based.

Quotes can also help us connect with others who share similar values and beliefs. They can be used to inspire us to achieve our goals and dreams, and to help us overcome obstacles that we may face along the way. In addition, quotes can be used to express complex ideas in a simple and memorable way. They can help us communicate our thoughts and feelings more effectively, and can be a powerful tool for change.

So, let’s dive in a begin with some of my favourites:

My Favourite Vegan Quotes

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man
Charles Darwin
As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men

Leonardo da Vinci

Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy
Gary L. Francione

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 Edison

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form
William Ralph Inge

More Plant-Based Quotes

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

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing
Albert Einstein

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

I do not want to eat anything that has a mother
Woody Harrelson

The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?
Jeremy Bentham

I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt the approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt the death of the lamb. I have never eaten meat since
Goldie Hawn

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

If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth – beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals – would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?
George Bernard Shaw

I think if you want to eat more meat you should kill it yourself and eat it raw so that you are not blinded by the hypocrisy of cooking it
Margi Clarke

Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.
Donald Watson

There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery
Charles Darwin

I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants
Mahatma Gandhi

The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality
Arthur Schopenhauer

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