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125 vegan quotes to make you think

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Whether you’re just starting out on your vegan journey by enjoying a few more meat-free meals, or you’re a lifelong member of the vegan community, you can’t beat a few good vegan quotes to inspire you, uplift you and remind you of the reasons why veganism is amazing.

I’ve trawled the internet to gather together this compendium of 125 happy, inspiring and funny vegan quotes. Some are from vegan celebrities, others from the world’s greatest philosophers. Some are quotes from the Bible and others, well, we have no idea where they came from but they provide fantastic mantras to live by.

So, stick the kettle on, grab a packet of bourbon biscuits and sit back and enjoy these vegan quotes to inspire your journey.

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Funny vegan quotes

Many funny vegan quotes take the form of memes. However, when it comes to text-only quotes, these should make you chuckle…

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“I won’t eat anything that has intelligent life, but I’d gladly eat a network executive or a politician.”

Marty Feldman

The most difficult part of being vegan is waking up at 5 am to milk the almonds.

Unknown

“I wouldn’t touch a hot dog unless you put a condom on it. You realize that the job of a hot dog is to use parts of the animal that the Chinese can’t figure out how to make into a belt!”

Bill Maher

“All we are saying, is give peas a chance…”

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Happy vegan quotes

Following a vegan lifestyle can bring a great deal of happiness. These happy vegan quotes will remind you of the joy that veganism can bring.

“Veganism is not a sacrifice, it’s a joy.”

Gary L. Francione

“It’s pretty amazing to wake up every morning, knowing that every decision I make is to cause as little harm as possible. It’s a pretty fantastic way to live.”

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

“Animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Being vegan is a glorious adventure. It touches every aspect of my life – my relationships, how I relate to the world.”

Victoria Moran

“I can’t think if anything that makes me happier than seeing an animal’s contentment, witnessing a creature allowed to be who he wants to be in the world – and at peace. It’s a thing of beauty.”

Jenny Brown
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Vegan love quotes

Veganism is about not just loving animals, but loving yourself and the planet that we all share.

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”

Charles Darwin

“Choose a compassionate frame of mind. Always choose love. Always be kind.”

Beth Arnold

“Vegan is just pure love. Love for animals, love for the planet, and love for yourself.”

Mischa Temaul

“As I improved my diet, I started to learn to love myself, probably for the first time ever.”

Frankl Ferrante
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Inspiring vegan quotes

If you’re ever having a wobble, these inspiring vegan quotes can remind you why you started this and give you the strength to be the best version of yourself you can, every day. Nobody said it would be easy, but it will be worth it.

“There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.”

Charles Darwin

“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”

Hippocrates

“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”

Albert Einstein

“It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”

Buddha

“The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.”

Plato

“If you really care about animals, then stop trying to figure out how to exploit them ‘compassionately’. Just stop exploiting them.”

Gary Francione

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”

Abraham Lincoln

“I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes. After all, man can live without meat. It is only some carnivorous animals that have to subsist on flesh.

“Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides and furs is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality. Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man.

“Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.”

The Dalai Lama XIV

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”

Leo Tolstoy

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

Pythagoras

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.”

Henry David Thoreau

“You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.”

Harvey Diamond

“If you think that being vegan is difficult, imagine being a factory farmed animal.”

Davegan Raza

“We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet – for the sake of hamburgers.”

Peter Singer

“Baby rats need rat milk, baby cats need cat milk, baby dogs need dog milk, baby humans need human milk, baby cows need cow milk, baby chimps need chimp milk…

“Would anyone believe it if someone claimed adult giraffes need elephant milk? Or adult horses need squirrel milk? Or adult possums need goat milk? Or adult humans need cow milk?

“Oh, wait, no, that last one makes total sense…NOT!”

Mango Wodzak

“The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and just so happens to be the healthiest.”

Dr. Michael Greger

“We don’t ‘crave’ animal-based meat, dairy, and eggs, but we do crave fat, salt, flavor, texture, and familiarity.”

Colleen Patrick-Goudresu

“We don’t need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.”

James Cromwell 

“Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.”

Sri Aurobindo

“The vegan lifestyle is a compassionate way to live that supports life, supports fairness and equality, and promotes freedom.”

Robert Cheeke

Becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and its species.    

Chris Hedges

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.”

Linda McCartney

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

Albert Schweitzer

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.”

Dr Michael Klaper

“There is something about veganism that is not easy, but the difficulty is not inherent in veganism, but in our culture.”

Will Tuttle

Being vegan for me is a cleaner way of not participating in practices that don’t align with my values.”

Cory Brooker

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”

Albert Schweitzer

“We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.”

Rachel Carson

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than blacks were made for whites, or women for men.”

Alice Walker

“Being vegan doesn’t make you a stronger, better athlete. But it allows you to make yourself a stronger, better athlete.”

Brendan Brazier

“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of “real food for real people,” you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.”

Dr Neal Barnard

“The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?”

Jeremy Bentham

“Human beings have capitalized on the silence of animals, just as certain human beings have historically imposed silence on certain other human beings by denying slaves the right to literacy, denying women the right to own property, and denying both the right to vote.”

Gary Steiner

“Personal purity isn’t really the issue. Not supporting animal abuse – and persuading others not to support it – is.”

Peter Singer

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”

Thomas Edison

“We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.”

Gary Francione

“If a kid ever realized what was involved in factory farming, they would never touch meat again.”

James Cromwell

“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.”

Plutarch

“When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” 

Ingrid Newkirk

“The horse and the cow, the rabbit and the cat, the deer and the hare, the pheasant and the lark, please us better as friends than as meat.”

Elisée Reclus

“Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: They are only animals.”

Theodor Adorno

“No animals needs to die in order for me to live. And that makes me feel good.”

Howard Lyman

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” 

Immanuel Kant

“People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.”

Pino Caruso

“Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.”

Ingrid Newkirk

“Deliberate cruelty to our defenceless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty.”

William Ralph Inge
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Vegan celebrity quotes

More and more celebrities are adopting a vegan lifestyle and reducing the amount of animal suffering that they cause. Celebrities have large platforms to amplify their voices and it’s great to hear so many speaking out about the benefits of vegan and plant-based diets.

“Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, ‘My appetite is more important than your suffering’?”

Moby

“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.”

Joaquin Phoenix

“Animals don’t have a voice, but I do. A loud one. A big f*@%’ing mouth. My voice is for them. And I’ll never shut up while they suffer.”

Ricky Gervais

“When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that’s why I can’t eat it. Simple as that.”

Paul McCartney

“We all love animals. Why do we call some “pets” and others “dinner?”

K.D. Lang

“I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person. It is tricky dining out, but I just stick to what I know – veggies, fruit and salad – then when I get home I’ll have something else.”

Ariana Grande

“Being vegan helped me realize I can say and do what I believe is right. That’s powerful.”

Alicia Silverstone

“I’m a vegan. I respect the environment, and I do my best to spread the importance of such an issue.”

Jared Leto

“Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating.

“Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.”

Natalie Portman

“As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.”

Richard Gere

“For me, going vegan was an ethical and environmental decision. I’m doing the right thing by the animals.”

Alexandra Paul

“Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it’s not acceptable.”

Jodie Foster

“The concept that you are not ingesting rotting flesh sort of sums it up for me.”

Bryan Adams

“If you don’t like seeing pictures of violence towards animals being posted, you need to help stop the violence, not the pictures.”

Johnny Depp

“I’m a proud vegan, whistleblower, and animal rights activist.”

Steve-O

“Nobody can possibly be so hungry that they need to take a life in order to feel satisfied-they don’t after all, take a human life, so why take the life of an animal? Both are conscious beings with the same determination to survive. It is habit, and laziness and nothing else.”

Morrissey

“Every person I have met who has gone vegan says it is the best decision they have ever made.”

Lewis Hamilton

“If you could see or feel the suffering you wouldn’t think twice. Give back life. Don’t eat meat.”

Kim Basinger

“The best part of being a vegan is the purity and peace of mind one experiences and the strong connection I feel to the animal kingdom.”

Uri Gellar

“Being vegan is not always easy and accessible. But it’s a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better.”

Olivia Wilde

“I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer.”

Ellen DeGeneres

“I’ve been vegan for about 10 and a half years. It’s been all good. I’m obviously much healthier.”

Woody Harrelson

“After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do.”

Liam Hemsworth

“Even as a junkie I stayed true to vegetarianism – ‘I shall have heroin, but I shan’t have a hamburger.’ What a sexy little paradox.”

Russell Brand

“Basically, the reason I’m vegan is because when I was about 16 or 17 years old, I began to understand that we don’t need to contribute to the killing and exploitation of animals to feed our bodies correctly.”

Daniel Johns

“When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.”

Casey Affleck

“Be the voice of those who can’t say …..’stop.’ Who can’t say ‘that hurts.’ Who can’t say ‘I’m so afraid to die.’ Be the voice of the animals!”

Miley Cyrus

“I’ve been a vegan for two years … I’m motivating people to do something about how we are living on this planet. We have to be about making our planet more greener, the urban areas more sustainable for the children. We can’t just talk about it, we have to be about it.”

Stevie Wonder

“Years of cultural programming have taught us to love some animals while eating others, when in all reality, all animals are sentient beings with the capacity to feel, both physically and emotionally.”

Kat Von D

“I don’t normally get into this, but I’m a vegan. And I try not to, well, I don’t want to torture anything. I guess it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world. … While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.”

Jessica Chastain

“I’m an animal rights activist because I believe we won’t have a planet if we continue to behave toward other species the way we do.“

James Cromwell

“I don’t normally get into this, but I’m a vegan. And I try not to, well, I don’t want to torture anything. I guess it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world. … While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.”

Jessica Chastain

“I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit and vegetables.”

Clint Eastwood
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Vegan quotes from the Bible

Many Christians wonder what the Bible says about veganism. There are many Bible quotes that can be interpreted as being very relevant to the vegan lifestyle.

“And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”

Genesis 1:30

“But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.”

Genesis 9:4

“But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the royal rations of food and wine … Then Daniel asked … ‘Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.’ … At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.”

Daniel 1:8, 11–12, 15

“Thou shalt not kill.

Exodus 20:13

“Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh.

Proverbs 23:20

“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together; the lion shall eat straw like an ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain.”

Isaiah 65:25

A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast.”

Proverbs 12:10

“It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

Hebrews 10:4

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you.”

Job 12:7

“The righteous know the needs of their animals, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”

Proverbs 12:10

“He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.” 

Psalms 147:9

“I will make for you a covenant on that day with the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground; and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land; and I will make you lie down in safety.”

Hosea 2:18

“How long will the land mourn, and the grass of every field wither? For the wickedness of those who live in it the animals and the birds are swept away, and because people said, ‘He is blind to our ways.’”

Jeremiah 12:4

“Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.”

Psalms 36:6

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

Matthew 5:7

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.” 

Luke 12:6
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Short vegan quotes

Sometimes, just a few words are all it needs to create an impact. These short vegan quotes So let’s end this piece with some short and sweet vegan quotes.

“How can you eat anything with eyes?”

Will Kellogg

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

“I think; therefore I’m vegan”

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“You can’t do anything violent humanely.”

James Wildman

“If you can be anything, be kind.”

Unknown

“Earth was created for all of us, not some of us.”

Anthony Douglas Williams

“Embrace compassion without exception.”

Janice Anderson

“Animals are not ingredients.”

Barbara Thompson

“Humane slaughter is an oxymoron”

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“Cows scream louder than carrots.”

Alan Watts

“Love animals, eat plants”

Unknown

“Meat is murder”

The Smiths

“Be kind to every kind”

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