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A Quote by Bill on spiritual realization, humans, animals, and planet

The Telesterion Statement:

"This is the most important spiritual realization of our time; that we humans are large-brained animals on the surface of a planet."

- Bill Eichman  "Almost nobody get's this one. A classic example of 'Can't see the forest for the trees'."

Bill Eichman

Source: http://www.telesterion.com/index.html

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on animals, animal rights, animal liberation, veganism, and thomas edison

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 A. Edison

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Alice Walker on animals, animal rights, vegan, veganism, and animal liberation

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons.  They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.

Alice Walker (1944 -)

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A Quote by J.M. Coetzee on animals, holocaust, sympathy, and animal rights

The question to ask should not be: Do we have something in commong - reason, self-consciousness, a soul - with other animals? (With the corollary that, if we do not, then we are entitled to treat them as we like, imprisoning them, killing them, dishonoring there corpses).  I return to the death camps, the horror that convinces us that what went on there was a crime against humanity, is not that despite a humanity shared with their victims, the killers treated them like lice.  That is too abstract.  The horror is that the killers refused to see themselves in the place of their victims, as did everyone else.  They said 'It is they in those cattle-cars rattling past.' They did not say, 'How would it be if it were I in that cattle-car?' They did not say, 'It is I who am in that cattle-car,' They said, "It must be the dead who are being burnt today, making the air stink and falling ash on my cabbages.' They did not say, 'How would it be if I were burning?' They did not say, 'I am burning, I am falling in ash.'  In other words, they closed their hearts.

J.M. Coetzee

Source: The Lives of Animals (The University Center for Human Values Series), Pages: 34

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A Quote by Robert Greene on animals, behavior, pattern, and overcome

Animals behave in set patterns, which is why we are able to hunt and kill them. Only man has the capacity to consciously alter his behavior, to improvise and overcome the weight of routine and habit.

Robert Greene (1558? - 1592)

Source: The 48 Laws of Power, Pages: 126

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A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on animals, nature, and reason

Don't allow your animal nature to rule your reason.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Yellow Wolf on animals

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Every animal knows far more than you do.

Yellow Wolf

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on animals, cats, and dogs

Odd things: animals. All dogs look up to you. All cats look down to you. Only the pig looks at you as an equal.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on animals, decisions, destiny, duty, learning, mankind, time, and world

The destiny of mankind is not decided by material computation. When great causes are on the move in the world . . . we learn that we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Broadcast to US on receiving honorary degree,Doctor of Laws Univ of Rochester NY June 1941

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on action, angels, animals, beauty, god, nobility, reason, women, work, and world

What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Hamlet, spoken by Hamlet, Act II, scene ii.

Contributed by: Zaady

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