Plutarch

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This Quotations Archive contains words from famous and some not so famous people who have expressed a sense of love, compassion, and respect for all of God's creation: for people, for animals, and for the environment.  They speak of our teaching methods and philosophy.  They speak of a lifestyle of non-violence.   They seek to eliminate cruelty and suffering.  They seek to wake us up.   They seek to give us hope.

Plutarch
(46-120) Greek philosopher and moralist

“...I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of mind the first man touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, set forth tables of dead, stale bodies, and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had before bellowed and cried, moved and lived."
~ On Eating Flesh

"How could eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?"
~ On Eating Flesh

“It is certainly not lions or wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us. For the sake of flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.”
~ On Eating Flesh

"If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill yourself what you want to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of ax."
~ On Eating Flesh

“Were it only to learn benevolence to humankind, we should be merciful to other creatures.”

"...To the Dolphin alone, beyond all other, nature has granted what the best philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage"

"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy."
~Moralia

"Though the boys throw stones at the frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest."

“The obligations of law and equity reach only to mankind; but kindness and beneficence should be extended to the creatures of every species, and these will flow from the breast of a true man, as streams that issue from the living fountain.”