88 Interesting Vegan Quotes

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If you have been pondering whether or not to go vegan, the interesting vegan quotes in this article may just be the deal-breakers that help you make up your mind. Sometimes it is more convincing when you hear influential people sharing their opinions and advise about a certain topic or matter that you are unsure of.

People change their entire lifestyles as they embark upon their vegan journeys, and many aren’t afraid to share their feelings about it with the world. Reading interesting vegan quotes from well-known people is an effective way to help you decide if you want to become vegan or not.

Although the vegan diet may sound a bit extreme to some, there are more people that live vegan lifestyles than we are aware of, including celebrities and other influential people. This article is jam-packed with some of the most interesting, inspiring, famous and funny vegan quotes that will make you think consciously about your diet.

88 Interesting Vegan Quotes

November 1st, 1994 is known as “World Vegan Day” as it marks the day that the vegan society decided to commemorate the 50th anniversary of veganism.

In 1944, Donald Watson, a woodworker from Britain, created a new term called “vegan.” He wanted to separate the vegetarian that still ate eggs and drank milk, from the ones who abstain from all animal-based products.

Many people, including celebrities and activists have chosen to become vegan. Below are some interesting vegan quotes that may or may not make you think about your current diet.

  1. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

-Mahatma Gandhi.

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

-Bryan Adams.

  1. “It’s never really been that hard for me. I’ve never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid, I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all.”

-Tobey Maguire.

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

-Jodie Foster.

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

-Jared Leto.

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

-Charles Darwin.

  1. “Animals are not ingredients.”

-Barbara Thompson.

  1. “It almost seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.”

-Albert Einstein.

  1. “Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?”

-Elliot Page.

  1. “I love animals. All animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog – or a chicken, or a cow…”

-Peter Dinklage.

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

-Howard Lynan.

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

-George Bernard Shaw.

  1. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

-Maya Angelou.

  1. “Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules.”

-Natalie Portman.

  1. “How would we fare psychologically if the walls of slaughterhouses were made of glass?”

Tom Regan, ‘The Struggle For Animal Rights.’

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


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

-James Cromwell.

  1. “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

-Albert Einstein

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

-Joaquin Phoenix.

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

-Charles Darwin.

  1. “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.

  1. “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  1. “Behind every beautiful fur coat, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story.”

-Mary Tyler Moore.

  1. “About three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings.”

-Natalie Portman.

  1. “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.

  1. “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.”


  1. “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.

  1. “How much longer will man continue to pimp for the gluttony of death, his most insidious, implacable, and eternal foe.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘To Queen Mab.’

  1. “A human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness.”


  1. “Nobody really needs a mink coat… Except the mink.”

-Glenda Jackson.

  1. “A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.”

-George Bernard Shaw.

  1. “People are the only animals that drink the milk of the mother of another species.”

-Michael Klaper.

  1. “Ethical veganism results in a profound revolution within the individual.”

– Gary L. Francione.

  1. “Animals are not products. Life doesn’t have a price.”


  1. “Every living creature has the right to live ethically.”

-Dirk Verbeuren.

  1. “All life deserves respect, dignity, and compassion. All life.”


  1. “It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.”

-Roy E. Disney.

  1. “May all that have life be delivered from suffering.”


  1. “No other animal on Earth has portrayed such a disregard for life than mankind.”

-Anthony Douglas Williams.

  1. “It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.”

-Haile Selassie.

  1. “Yogis should at all times avoid fish, meat, garlic, onion and so forth, should eat with moderation, and avoid foods that are not conducive to health.”

-Dalai Lama, ‘Stages Of Meditation: The Buddhist Classic On Training The Mind’.

  1. “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.

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

-Mischa Temaul.

  1. “I don’t see why someone should lose their life just so you can have a snack.”

-Russell Brand.

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

– Mahatma Gandhi.

  1. “Poor animals, how jealously they guard their bodies, for to us is merely an evening’s meal, but to them is life itself.”

-T. Casey Brennan.

  1. “If intelligence and capability are not criteria for the possession of rights, why would animals – who have the capacity to feel fear and pain – be excluded from our moral consideration?”

-Jack Norris.

  1. “I can’t think of anything better in the world to be but a vegan.”

-Alicia Silverstone.

  1. “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong in the world.”

-Dr. Paul Farmer.

  1. “If you don’t like pictures of animal cruelty being posted on social media, you need to help stop the cruelty, not the pictures. You should be bothered that it’s happening, not that you saw it.”

-Marie Sarantakis.

  1. “If possessing a higher degree of intelligence does not entitle one human to use another for his or her own ends, how can it entitle humans to exploit non-humans?”

-Peter Singer, ‘Animal Liberation’.

  1. “Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.”

-Robert Louis Stevenson.

  1. “If you don’t want to be beaten, imprisoned, mutilated, killed or tortured then you shouldn’t condone such behavior towards anyone, be they human or not.”


  1. “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.

  1. “Only when we have become non-violent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.”

-Cesar Chavez.

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

-Davegan Raza.

  1. “In a country such as this, where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, how can one think that he must eat the flesh of dead animals?”

– Ellen G. White, ‘Counsels On Diet And Foods’.

  1. “I’ve been vegan since I got out of the hospital… It’s another eye opener. It changed my life in a number of ways.”

-Travis Barker.

  1. “I’m a really big lover of animals, and, at the risk of sounding like a total hippie, I do feel more connected to the world at large and to animals.”

-Mickey Madden.

  1. “Life is too short to make others shorter.”

-Chris Hannah.

  1. “Life is full of choices and many years ago, I chose to become a vegetarian. It is one of the best choices I’ve ever made.”

-Forest Whitaker.

  1. “Nothing hurts a good soul and a kind heart more than to live amongst people who can’t understand it.”

-Ali Ibn Abi Talib.

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

-Frank Ferrante.

  1. “If a wave of veganism washed over the land, in six months there would be Broccoli Kings, Taco Bell Peppers, and McTofu Drive-Thrus.”

-Brian Wansink, ‘Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions For Everyday Life’.

  1. “Part of my becoming a vegetarian was that I would look at my burger, then look at my dogs, and I wasn’t able to see a difference.”

-Kristen Bell.

  1. “Science that fails to embrace all living beings is far more dangerous than any virus!”

-Steve Simmons.

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

-Pino Caruso.

  1. “Please don’t refuse with your eyes what the animals endure with their bodies.”

-Shaun Monson.

  1. “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 Geller.

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


  1. “The future is not something we enter; the future is something we create.”

-Leonard I. Sweet.

  1. “Plants are not cognizant. When we cut a leaf, we assume that the plant is suffering. But that’s our own anthropomorphism about what’s going on.”

-Daniel Chamovitz, ‘What A Plant Knows: A Field Guide To The Senses’.

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


  1. “Animals don’t have a voice, but I do. A loud one.”

-Ricky Gervais.

  1. “The problem is that humans have victimized animals to such a degree that they are not even considered victims.”

-Gary Yourofsky.

  1. “Eating meat is the most disgusting thing I can think of. It’s like biting into your grandmother.”


  1. “The question is not, Can they reason? Nor, Can they talk? But, Can they suffer?”

-Jeremy Bentham.

  1. “The only animals I eat are crackers.”


  1. “Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?”

-Ellen Page.

  1. “Compassion is the best side effect of being vegan.”


  1. “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.

  1. “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we’d all be vegetarian.”

-Paul McCartney.

  1. “If you can’t stand watching it be produced, you shouldn’t be eating it.”


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

-Chris Hedges.

  1. “Vegan is not about being perfect. It is about doing the least harm and the most good.”


  1. “People may hate you for being different and not living by society’s standards but deep down, they wish they had the courage to do the same.”


  1. “Always let your conscience be your guide.”

-Jiminy Cricket.

  1. “Every living creature has the right to live ethically.”

-Dirk Verbeuren.

A Brief History Of Veganism

November 1st, 1994 is known as “World Vegan Day” as it marks the day that the vegan society decided to commemorate the 50th anniversary of veganism.

In 1944, Donald Watson, a woodworker from Britain, created a new term called “vegan.” He wanted to separate the vegetarian that still ate eggs and drank milk, from the ones who abstain from all animal-based products.

In Conclusion

It really makes you think, doesn’t it? With so many great quotes from so many wonderful people, it comes as no surprise that more and more humans are choosing to let the animals be. This article may cause you to second guess your next meal, but whatever you decide, always be kind to animals!

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