Play is older than culture, for culture, however inadequately defined, always presupposes human society, and animals have not waited for man to teach them their playing.— Johan Huizinga
Jaw-dropping Animals And Society quotations
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.
I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices or caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. Indeed I know it. I can stand any society. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being-that is enough for me; he can't be any worse.
There is too much animal courage in society and not sufficient moral courage.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
You, (my meat-eating friends), put your health at risk – that’s your business. But animal-based diets put the land, the water, the air, a society’s collective health, and even our collective pharmaceutical resources at risk. That’s my business. That’s everyone’s business.
You can tell all you need to about a society from how it treats animals and beaches.
To meditate for world peace, to pray for a better world, and to work for social justice and environmental protection while continuing to purchase the flesh, milk, and eggs of horribly abused animals exposes a disconnect that is so fundamental that it renders our efforts absurd, hypocritical, and doomed to certain failure.
It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.
A secret society exists, and is living among all of us.
They are neither people nor animals, but something in-between.
Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people.
The whole underside of our society has always been violence and still is.
Churches, laws - everybody seems to think that man is a noble savage. But he's only an animal. A meat-eating, talking animal. Recognize it. He also has grace and love and beauty. But don't say to me we're not violent.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
We are the living graves of murdered beasts.
Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch.
In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.
I transmit astral plane harmonies through my brushes into the physical plane.
These otherworld colours are reflected in the alphabet of nature, a grammar in which the symbols are plants, animals, birds, fishes, earth and sky. I am merely a channel for the spirit to utilize, and it is needed by a spirit starved society.
Dont look for society to give you permission to be yourself.
Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.
Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.
Once admit that we have the right to inflict unnecessary suffering and you destroy the very basis of human society.
Society is not only defined by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.
My brother could not write about trifles.
Even in society he became animated only when some serious discussion was engaged in, and he complained of feeling 'a dull pain in the brain'--a physical pain, as he used to say--when he was with people who cared only for small talk.
When the common good of a society is regarded as something apart from and superior to the individual good of its members, it means that the good of some men takes precedence over the good of others, with those others consigned to the status of sacrificial animals.
The Humane Society is so great to work with.
Because everyone there is so nice and supportive, and they're all animal lovers like me.
Money can't buy manners.
A civilized society must count animals as worthy of moral consideration and ethical treatment. The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?
Nonviolence against humans cannot take firm hold in society as long as brutality and violence are practiced toward other animals.
It is strange to hear people talk of Humanitarianism, who are members of societies for the prevention of cruelty to children and animals, and who claim to be God-loving men and women, but who, nevertheless, encourage by their patronage the killing of animals merely to gratify the cravings of appetite.
Be kind to every kind, not just mankind.
Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning.
We are social animals and we have a hierarachical and unequal society.
It is a class society, and the class system creates and perpetuates the social role of consumption. We display our class membership and solidify our class positioning in large part through money, through what we have. Consumption is a way of verifying what you have and earn.
Have compassion towards each other, including animals.
Love and respect every living being on this planet - a key factor to a greater society.
If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t, either.
Man perfected by society is the best of all animals;
he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice. If he finds himself an individual who cannot live in society, or who pretends he has need of only his own resources do not consider him as a member of humanity; he is a savage beast or a god.
A society remotely worth its salt eventually has to come to grips with the barbarism practiced upon helpless creatures in the name of scientific experimentation, tastier/tenderer meat, or more and larger eggs!
Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people.
When it is too hard to look back, and you are afraid to look ahead... Look beside you. I'll always be there.
The most threatened group in human societies as in animal societies is the unmated male: the unmated male is more likely to wind up in prison or in an asylum or dead than his mated counterpart. He is less likely to be promoted at work and he is considered a poor credit risk.
Spaying is a compromise in terms of reverence for life, but perhaps a necessary one in a society which kills millions of dogs and cats a year in "animal shelters".
We are not only gregarious animals, liking to be in sight of our fellows, but we have an innate propensity to get ourselves noticed, and noticed favorably, by our kind.
The most violent element in society is ignorance.
If women understand by emancipation the adoption of the masculine role then we are lost indeed. If women can supply no counterbalance to the blindness of male drive the aggressive society will run to its lunatic extremes at ever-escalating speed. Who will safeguard the despised animal faculties of compassion, empathy, innocence and sensuality?
Nothing is more violent and radical than what's being done to non-human animals in our society. If a researcher won't stop abusing animals and is stopped physically, whether with the use of force, or is killed, I certainly wouldn't lose sleep over that idea.
Society may protect itself without putting a human to death as it would a wild animal. Since we believe each person has a soul, and is capable of achieving salvation, life in prison is now an alternative to the death penalty.
Roving dogs do not indicate the civilisation or compassion of the society.
They betray on the country the ignorance and lethargy of its members.
I know it's not good to be weak and helpless.
But I don't think it's good to be too strong either. In our society, they talk about survival of the fittest. But we're not animals. We're human.