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Thomas Young

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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.

Thomas Young
Clergyman

"Most men, I suppose, esteem it a duty which they owe to God, to beg his blessing upon the food of which, through his bounty, they are about to partake. But how absurdly impious is it to beg his blessing upon a table which is furnished out in part by the abuse of his bounty, and the torture of his creatures! For my own part, I could not join in such a grace, and far from expecting a blessing, should be more apt to dread a curse, upon such a table."
From: An Essay on Humanity to Animals, 1798(p.134).

"I think the English have more of cruelty to animals in their sports in general, than any of their neighbours; which I the more wonder at, because there is no people among whom human life is more sacred, or of more value..."
From: An Essay on Humanity to Animals, 1798(p.69)