It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
— Adam Smith

Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.
E. M. Cioran butchered quote

Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
— Voltaire

If we know anything about man, it's that he's not pacific. The temptation to butcher anyone considered undesirable seems to be a common temptation, not always resisted.
— Larry Mcmurtry

A dead cow or sheep lying in a pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of a carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher's stall passes as food.
— butchered quotation by John Harvey Kellogg