Russian author - Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov
"Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love
everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you
perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better everyday. And you will
come to love the whole world with an all-embracing love."
- The Brothers Karamazov, 1880
"Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you - alas, it is true of almost every one of us!"
"Love all God's creatures, the animals, the plants. Love everything to perceive the divine mystery in all."
“Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end... but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature... And to found that edifice on its unavenged tears: would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell me the truth!”
“It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?”
“Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.”
“To live without hope is to cease to live.”
“To love someone means to see him as God intended him.”