A Quote by Mark Twain on animals, pets, cats, evolution, man, humanity, humans, and slavery

Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash; that one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Notebook, 1894

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A Quote by Jean Baudrillard on perfection, animals, and language

If everything is perfect, language is useless. This is true for animals. If animals don't speak, it's because everything's perfect for them. If one day they start to speak, it will be because the world has lost a certain sort of perfection.

Jean Baudrillard

Source: Cool Memories, 1980-1985, Pages: 84

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A Quote by Bhagavad Gita on bhagavad gita, equality, animals, dogs, cows, outcasts, elephants, god, and enlightenment

An enlightened person - by perceiving God in all - looks at a learned person, an outcast, even a cow, an elephant, or a dog with an equal eye.

Bhagavad Gita

Source: Bhagavad Gita 5.18 (See also 6.29)

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on animals and animal rights

The very beginning of Genesis tells us that God created man in order to give him dominion over fish and fowl and all creatures.  Of course, Genesis was written by a man, not a horse.  There is no certainty that God actually did grant man dominion over other creatures.  What seems more likely, in fact, is that man invented God to sanctify the dominion that he had usurped for himself over the cow and the horse.  Yes, the right to kill a deer or a cow is the only thing all of mankind can agree upon, even during the bloodiest of wars.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: 286

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A Quote by African Proverb on vegan, vegetarian, perspective, animals, and history

Only when lions have historians will hunters cease being heroes.

African Proverb

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A Quote by Joseph W. Meeker on play, comic, survival, animals, comedy, stories, and storytelling

All of the elements of the comic way tend to spread to others, insinuating joy where it was previously absent. Conversation has a way of leaping among persons, as it does at parties and celebratory gatherings. Storytelling always begets storytelling. It is difficult to watch others at play without wanting to join them. This is not only a human phenomenon, for researchers have consistently noted that animals at play are often imitated by other animals. So wherever it is possible to initiate a playful activity, it will have a good chance of replicating itself through other parts of the system.

Joseph Meeker

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A Quote by Jaques Deval on birds, animals, trees, love, and god

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.

Jaques Deval


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A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on vegan, compassion, love, animals, god, earth, eco, darwin, and nature

Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

Source: The Descent of Man

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A Quote by Dr. Albert Schweitzer on compassion, animals, humankind, and mankind

Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

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A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on why we fight, violence, humanity, human beings, animals, sierra leone, west africa, war, violators, why we suffer, love, identity, honor, prestige, and wealth

LIke any other animal, human beings will fight to the death when threatened or cornered, but as a species we are perhaps alone in imagining that our survival depends on such elusive properties as recognition, love, identity, honor, prestige, and wealth. Only we will feel that our very existence is endangered when our name is taken in vain, our pride is hurt, our nation threatned, our reputation impugned, our voice ignored, our loyalty betrayed. No other animal will figh t tooth and nail, not only to see that such symbolic losses are made good, but that those hwo have allegedly taken these things fro us are themselves subject to all the torment, degradation, and loss that we have suffered at their hands. This is why violators seldom admit to guilt. For they believe they were fully justified in their excesses; they were only taking back what was rightfully theirs, preserving their civilization, defending their rights, upholding their honor, and, of course, obeying orders from above.

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 39

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