Posted by: animalvoice | February 21, 2010

Using Those Who Came Before, To Inspire Us Today More

Okay I know that I haven’t written in a while. I’ve had commitments doing other writing endeavors, but I’ve been working on this post for a while. See I changed my life from my career as a lawyer to embark on an entirely different career  as a writer. It has been a nerve-wracking, and sometimes frightening journey. Along the way I found that motivational and inspirational quotes have helped me tremendously. I’ve also come across a plethora of quotes on animals from animal rights to vegetarianism etc.

The following is an essay that I’ve submitted for publication in a monthly newsletter update for one of the Committee’s that I’m involved with. It is an entire essay based solely on quotes – no language of mine included.

I hope you like it. Please feel free to leave a comment either way..

Using Those Who Came Before, To Inspire Us Today More

            “I’m sometimes asked ‘Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?’ I answer: ‘I’m working at the roots.’” [George T. Angell – 19th century American lawyer & advocate for humane treatment of animals]

            “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…[they] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty.” [James Herriot – British veterinarian and author]

     “The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous.” [Emile Zola – 19th century French writer] 

     “Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of the lowest and basest of the people – wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness.” [William Jones of Nayland – 17th century English Theologian]

     “I don’t hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice – and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals.” [Brigid Brophy – 20th century English novelist and vocal campaigner of animal rights and vegetarianism]

     “The wild things of this earth are not ours to do with as we please. They have been given to us in trust, and we must account for them to the generation which will come after us and audit our accounts.” [William T. Hornaday – late 19th century American Zoologist and author]

     “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass and knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the Earth.” [Henry Beston – early 20th century American writer and naturalist]

     “One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.” [Martin Luther King Jr.]

     “Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest…” [Lloyd Biggle Jr. – 20th century American writer]

     “Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference between a cat and a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.” [Sri Aurobindo – early 20th century Indian philosopher]

     “When animals express their feelings they pour like water from a spout. Animals’ emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontrolled. Their joy is the purest and most contagious of joys and their grief the deepest and most devastating. Their passions bring us to our knees in delight and sorrow.” [Marc Bekoff – animal activist and writer]

     “One cannot look deeply into the eyes of an animal and not see the same depth, complexity and feeling that we humans lay exclusive claim to.” [Nan Sea Love – Californian artist, environmentalist and educator]

     “Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” [John Muir – late 19th century Scottish born American author advocating for the preservation of U.S. wildlife]

     “I believe in animal rights, and high among them is the right to a gentle stroke of a human hand.” [Robert Brault – freelance writer and blogger]

     “Providing food and shelter is not proving love for your pet. Those too, but proper care and protection from harm make the truest sense of responsible pet ownership.” [John D. Carraway, DVM]

     “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” [Anatole France – late 19th century French poet, journalist & novelist]

     “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” [James Herriot]

     “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 – American author]

     “I don’t believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.” [Gary Larson – creator of Farside comic strip]

     “My doctrine is this: that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and we do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.” [Anna Sewell – 19th century English author of Black Beauty]

     “Most pets display so many humanlike traits and emotions it’s easy to forget they’re not gifted with the English language and then get snubbed when we talk to them and they don’t say anything back.” [Stephenie Geist – modern day author]

     “Many people feel drawn to advocate for animals because even though they can feel pain and suffer just as we do, they do not have a way to advocate for their own welfare. In fact, animals are viewed by many as nothing more than property to be treated however the owner wishes. This view has created an inhumane situation for billions of animals that share our world.” [Robert Alan – American writer & activist]

     “Animals are considered as property only. To destroy or to abuse them, from malice to the proprietor, or with an intention injurious to his interest in them, is criminal. But the animals themselves are without protection. The law regards them as not substantively. They have no RIGHTS!” [Shirley Lord – American writer]

     “Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don’t vote.” [Paul Harvey – 20th century radio broadcaster known for ‘the rest of the story’]

     “Animals do feel like us, also joy, love, fear and pain but they cannot grasp the spoken word. It is our obligation to take their part and continue to resist the people who profit by them, who slaughter them and who torture them.” [Denis de Rougement – 20th century Swiss writer]

     “It seems to me of great importance to teach our children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young toward suffering in all living creatures.” [Eleanor Roosevelt – former 1st lady, prominent author & activist]

     “Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.” [George Bernard Shaw – early 20th century Irish playwright]

     “Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called ‘medical research’.” [George Bernard Shaw]

     “Since compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” [Arthur Schopenhauer – early 19rg century German philosopher]

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

     “Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gun-sight. And after I’ve finished ‘shooting,’ my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy.” [Jimmy Stewart – American actor]

     “If man is not to stifle human feelings, he must practice kindness to animals, for He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” [Immanuel Kant – 18th century German philosopher]

     “If we stop loving animals, aren’t we bound to stop loving humans too?” [Alexander Solzhenitsyn – Russian novelist and staunch animal rights advocate]

     “We are finite and separate, and neurotic, while the consciousness of an animal is at peace and eternal. We strive and go crazy to become more important. Animals rest and sleep and enjoy the company of each other. We think we have evolved upwards from animals but we have lost almost all of their qualities and abilities.” [Stuart Wilde – British writer and staunch supporter for animal rights]

     “The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.” [Mark Twain – late 19th century American author]

 So what do you think??? I’d really like to hear any comments.



  1. WOW! I never knew there were so many quotes about animals! I like the one by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (wow long name lol) That if we stop loving animals, we are bound to stop loving humans as well. He has a very good point.

  2. Alisha

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting the site. It was amazing to me to see exactly how on point some of the greatest minds felt about animals all those years ago..

    Stop back soon.

  3. Thanks for sharing this with me! I am a big animal lover myself (I’ll tell you all about them sometime) – and I really thought you did an awesome job on your last post.

    Like Alisha, I never knew there were so many quotes on animals. (I collect strange, yet inspiring author quotes.) I enjoyed reading your post – you are a deep well of information, and a true champion for our animal friends.

    Your passion for all creatures – great and small – shines through your writing. You informed, but didn’t preach. You entertained while taking a firm stand for your beliefs – and with that balance, your written piece was very heart felt, non-offending and enlightening.

    I know writing is in your blood. If you can express yourself in your novel as well as you do on your blog – your readers are in for a treat.

    PS — you have inspired me for a story of my own!

    • Harrison,

      Thank you immensely for your beautiful comment. As I think I’ve told you, I work on the NYS Bar Association’s Committee on Animals and the Law. Our Chair liked the entry so much, he included it in his Chair of the Committee’s February/March 2010 monthly update. So that was pretty exciting to see it published, even though only internally to our committee members. The only change I made was to rename it “Using Those Who Came Before, To Inspire Us Today”, an Essay of Quotes, arranged by Kris McConville.

      As for quotes, I found there are a tremendous amount of quotes about animals on the internet, which I just had to download. I also collect quotes on writing and I get inspirational quotes emailed to me daily. I recently did some research and found quotes about animals mentioned in practically every religion around the world. I’m planning on doing an article on my research which will also be an eventual blog entry. So stay tuned.

      Thanks again for your comment and thanks for checking out my blog.

  4. …..adding to my response above – it wasn’t clear that I read your other posts besides the quote one. Clearly, your warmth and passion were stronger in your own words (though there were some great quotes in your last post.)

    Also – I forgot to mention, I loved looking at the babies… and that one of your younger daughter in the Christmas tree was simply adorable!

    Your kitties are lucky to have you and your husband to love them!

    • Harrison,

      Thanks again. I figured you had probably looked at the other blog entries as well.

      I’ve very proud of my babies. I couldn’t love them more, if they came from my own womb. (Now that would be an immaculate conception, LOL) No, my husband and I are the lucky ones. Fate brought us, three wonderful felines who we were meant to raise and spend our lives with. Their love and support, always make the sun come out when I’m having a cloudy day. My eldest, Tigger, who as you know, turned 13 yesterday, spends most of her days as my co-author. LOL

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