The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift demanding no less binding moral responsibilities than the friendship of a human being.— Konrad Lorenz
Cheering Human Animal quotations
I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.
God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help.
Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.
If exposure of body is modernism, then animals are more modern than humans.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
I prefer the company of animals more than the company of humans.
Certainly, a wild animal is cruel. But to be merciless is the privilege of civilized humans.
Women should be treated as human beings, not as domestic animals.
Therefore, the Negro nation are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because [Negroes] have little [that is essentially] human and have attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals, as we have stated.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Who taught me that animals were put on this Earth for food? Who taught me to disrespect animals and view them as mere commodities? Who stole my compassion, my empathy and my conscience? Who lied to me? Who instilled this vicious mindset of human-to-animal exploitation as standard operating procedure?
If a man has to make a woman the center of his love, why should he integrate animality into this sacred human emotion?...Is love incompelete without it?...Is love the name of physical excersize ?
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
All human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is.
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.
It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else.
Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made (man) is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one... that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.
It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.
Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.
Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past;
for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.
Because I'm a civil rights activist, I am also an animal rights activist.
Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and vicious taking of life. We shouldn't be a part of it.
The way of the miracle-worker is to see all human behavior as one of two things: either love, or a call for love.
Beyond [known peoples of black West Africa] to the south there is no civilization in the proper sense. There are only humans who are closer to dumb animals than to rational beings. They live in thickets and caves, and eat herbs and unprepared grain. They frequently eat each other. They cannot be considered human beings.
What greater gift than the love of a cat.
To me, cruelty is the worst of human sins.
Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal.
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.
Human emotions are a gift from our animal ancestors. Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself.
Human cruelty knows no limits and that one needs immense courage and a will of iron to help others understand that animals are made of flesh and blood like us, that they suffer the same pains as us, that they deserve the same respect as us and that their continuous slaughter should not be part of human entertainment.
The human soul doesn't want to be fixed, it simply wants to be seen and heard.
The soul is like a wild animal - tough, resilient and shy. When we go crashing through the woods shouting for it to come out so we can help it, the soul will stay in hiding. But if we are willing to sit quietly and wait for a while, the soul may show itself.
Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.
I don't have any understanding of a human being who doesn't respect the beauty of life and that goes for all creatures that have thoughts, feelings and needs.
The other animals humans eat, use in science, hunt, trap, and exploit in a variety of ways, have a life of their own that is of importance to them apart from their utility to us. They are not only in the world, they are aware of it. What happens to them matters to them. Each has a life that fares better or worse for the one whose life it is.
It's not about loving animals. It's about fighting injustice. My whole goal is for humans to have as little contact as possible with animals.
Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.
Humans can't live in the present, like animals do.
Humans are always thinking about the future or the past. So it's a veil of tears, man. I don't know anything that's going to benefit me now, except love. I just need an overwhelming amount of love. And a nap. Mostly a nap.
A wonderful bird is a pelican, His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak Food enough for a week; But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal.
As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
Be kind to every kind, not just mankind.
A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage.
The sexual deviance - I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss that;
but we do have hints of it but in a more psychological way and therefore more human way, arguably. Or certainly to the extent that the animated series takes that sexuality.
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.
The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.
Measles and TB evolved from diseases of our cattle, influenza from a disease of pigs, and smallpox possibly from a disease of camels. The Americas had very few native domesticated animal species from which humans could acquire such diseases.