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Isaac Bashevis Singer

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QUOTATIONS ARCHIVE

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.

weeds-left weeds-right Isaac Bashevis Singer
(1904-1991)
Nobel Laureate of Literature - 1978

"The same questions are bothering me today as they did fifty years ago. Why is one born? Why does one suffer? In my case, the suffering of animals also makes me very sad. I’m a vegetarian, you know. When I see how little attention people pay to animals, and how easily they make peace with man being allowed to do with animals whatever he wants because he keeps a knife or a gun, it gives me a feeling of misery and sometimes anger with the Almighty. I say ‘Do you need your glory to be connected with so much suffering of creatures without glory, just innocent creatures who would like to pass a few years in peace?’ I feel that animals are as bewildered as we are except that they have no words for it. I would say that all life is asking: ‘What am I doing here?' "
~Isaac Bashevis Singer, Newsweek interview (October 16, 1978) after winning the Nobel Prize in literature.

"People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times."

I think that eating meat or fish is a denial of all ideals, even of all religions. How can we pray to God for mercy if we ourselves have no mercy? How can we speak of right and justice if we take an innocent creature and shed its blood? Every kind of killing seems to me savage and I find no justification for it.

"In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka."
~“The Letter Writer”

"I will continue to be a vegetarian even if the whole world started to eat meat. This is my protest against the conduct of the world."
~Incredibly Delicious by Gentle World

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.”

“I did not become a vegetarian for my health; I did it for the health of the chickens.”
~Quoted in “You Said a Mouthful” edited by Ronald D. Fuchs