Quotes and Quotations from Famous Vegetarians

A collection of quotes and quotations from famous vegetarians, sayings about their dietary choice.


Michel de Montaigne. 1533-1592. French essayist: "For my part I have never been able to see, without displeasure, an innocent and defenseless animal, from whom we receive no offense or harm, pursued and slaughtered."

Alexander Pope. 1688-1744. English poet: "I know nothing more shocking or horrid than the prospect of . . . kitchens covered with blood, and filled with the cries of beings expiring in tortures."

John Wesley. 1703-1791. English theologian (founded Methodism): "Thanks be to God, since I gave up flesh and wine, I have been delivered from all physical ills."

Horace Greeley. 1811-1872. American journalist: "I judge that a strict vegetarian will live 10 years longer than a habitual flesh eater while suffering in the average less than 1/2 so much sickness."

Richard Wagner. 1813-1883. German composer: "Plant life instead of animal food is the keystone of regeneration. Jesus used bread instead of flesh and wine in place of blood at the Lord's Supper."

John Harvey Kellogg. 1852-1943. American surgeon (founder of Battle Creek Sanitorium): ". . . When one subsists entirely upon fruits, grains, and nuts, comparatively little attention need be given to the matter of combinations, as these food substances are man's most natural dietary, and mingle harmoniously together during the process of digestion."

George Arliss. 1868-1946. English actor: "Doesn't it seem probable that many of our diseases are the result of meat eating? It's an unpleasant habit . . . eating kidneys and liver and picking the bones and using blood for gravy. We shudder at the very thought of cannibals, but is there really any difference?"

Upton Sinclair. 1878-1968. American muckraker. From The Jungle: "At the same instant the ear was assailed by a most terrifying shriek; the visitors started in alarm, the women turned pale and shrank back. The shriek was followed by another, louder and yet more agonizing--for once started upon that journey, the hog never came back; at the top of the wheel he was shunted off upon a trolley, and went sailing down the room. And meantime another was swung up, and then another, and another, until there was a double line of them, each dangling by a foot and kicking in frenzy--and squealing. The uproar was appalling, perilous to the eardrums; one feared there was too much sound for the room to hold--that the walls must give way or the ceiling crack. There were high squeals and low squeals, grunts, and wails of agony; there would come a momentary lull, and then a fresh outburst, louder than ever, surging up to a deafening climax. It was too much for some of the visitors--the men would look at each other, laughing nervously, and the women would stand with hands clenched and the blood rushing to their faces, and the tears starting in their eyes."

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