interview on VH1, May 24, 1997:
Why are you a vegetarian?
"I am a vegetarian because it is a really good idea. It has to do with compassion and it is healthier too. Compassion for murdering little animals."
"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."(although not a vegetarian himself because of circumstances, he wrote this in an article.)
Leonardo da Vinci:
"I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and 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."
"Of all the creatures ever made he (man) is the most detestible... He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain."
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
George Bernard Shaw:
"People ask me how i look so young, i tell them i look my age. It is other people who look older, what do you expect from people who eat corpses?"
"I have been a vegetarian for a few years. Fred Dryer of the Rams has been one for ten years. It shows you don't need meat to play football."
4th century B.C.:
"Men dig their graves with their own teeth, and die more by those instruments than by all weapons of their enemies."
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami:
"Therefore a person fully absorbed in the bodily concept of life is surely killing himself by not making spiritual progress. Such a person is called pasu-ghna. Especially excluded from spiritual life are the animal hunters, who are not interested in hearing and chanting the holy name of the Lord. Such hunters are always unhappy, both in this life and the next. It is therrefore said that a hunter should neither die nor live because for such person both living and dying are troublesome."
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: (1755-1826):
"Tell me what you eat and i will tell you what you are."
Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."
"Would not these facts prevent us from achieving happiness, and therefore the conditions necessary to the building of a just society, if we pursue a desire to eat animals?"
author, "War and Peace," (1828-1910):
"This is dreadful! Not the suffering and death of the animals, but that a man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity-that of sympathy an dpity towards living creatures like himself-and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel."
Mahatma Ghandi: (1869-1948):
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measures by the way in which its animals are treated."
Dr. Benjamin Spock:
best known for his books about raising babies:
"Fortunately today we have the information as well as the testimonies of many athletes to substantiate the benefits of plant-based diets. Dave Scott, considered to be the world's greates triathlete, holds a degree in exercise physiology. In his own words, it's a 'ridiculous fallacy' to think that athletes need animal protein. He is joinede in his views by such Olympians as Edwin Moses, the gold medalist who went eight years without losing the 400- meter hurdle competition, and Murray Rose, who, at age 17, won three gold medals in the Olympic swim competition. This year, I was glad to see Olympic champion Carl Lewis crown his career with his best long jump in two years to win a record-tying ninth gold medal. Lewis, of course, is a longtime vegetarian (vegan) whose dietary changes developed out of his moral and erligious convictions. Several years ago Leroy Burrell and Carl Lewis traded titles back and forth when they were being hailed as the fastest sprinters in the world-and both were vegetarians. Whether you are a world class athlete, a weekend athlete, or simply a recreational exerciser, we now know that you can meet your performance objectives, and improve your health by eating a plant-based diet that meets your energy needs. Even at my present age of 93, I found that switching to a plant-based diet improved my health dramatically."