As an animal lover, I often find myself deeply moved by the kindness and compassion shown towards animals in our world. Get inspired by these uplifting quotes about kindness to animals
From stories of animal rescues to acts of kindness towards strays on the street, it’s clear that many people share my passion for treating animals with care and respect.
But beyond our actions, there is another way we can cultivate kindness towards animals: through the words we speak and the quotes we share.
Quotes about kindness towards animals can offer inspiring insights on the importance of treating animals with compassion, respect, and love.
In this article, I want to share some of my favorite quotes about kindness towards animals, along with the deeper meanings and lessons they offer.
Whether you’re an animal lover or simply looking for inspiration on how to live a more compassionate life, these quotes are sure to leave an impression on your heart.
From Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words on the measure of a society’s greatness to the words of Jane Goodall on the connection between humans and animals, these quotes can inspire us to be more mindful of the impact we have on the world around us.
They can remind us that every living creature deserves our kindness, and that even the smallest acts of compassion can make a difference.
Whether you’re a pet owner, a wildlife enthusiast, or simply someone who cares about the well-being of animals, these quotes can offer a deeper perspective on the importance of kindness and empathy in our interactions with animals.
They can inspire us to take action in our own lives, whether it’s through volunteering at an animal shelter or simply being more mindful of the impact we have on the environment.
So, take a moment to read through these quotes about kindness towards animals, and let them inspire you to be the change you wish to see in the world.
Remember, the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of animals, and in our own lives as well.
Quotes To Be Compassionate & Kind To Animals
“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality
“I had given up magic, because it had reached a state of perfection. I felt that I was able to transform men into animals. I did not make use of this capability, because I believed I could not justify an intervention of this kind in the life of another person.” – Wolfgang Hildesheimer
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” — Immanuel Kant
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings
“Man is not distinguished from [the animals] by a special kind of soul, or by any peculiar and exclusive psychic function, but only by a higher degree of psychic activity, a superior stage of development.” – Ernst Haeckel
“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals” — Albert Einstein
“Humans are the worst kind of animals because of the circles they belong to.” – M.F. Moonzajer
“The paparazzi is kind of crazy here in L.A., but it’s nothing like it is in London. They are animals over there, it’s insane.” – Matthew Morrison
“Perhaps the greatest gift an animal has to offer is a permanent reminder of who we really are.” – Nick Trout
“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
“While all bodies are composed of the four elements, that is, of heat, moisture, the earthy, and air, yet there are mixtures according to natural temperament which make up the natures of all the different animals of the world, each after its kind.” – Marcus Vitruvius
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Do you know why most survivors of the Holocaust are vegan It’s because they know what it’s like to be treated like an animal.” — Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
“Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” – Amy Sedaris, Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People
“Whoever said you can’t buy Happiness forgot little puppies.” – Gene Hill
“Do you know why most survivors of the Holocaust are vegan It’s because they know what it’s like to be treated like an animal.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
“The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” — Henry Beston
“Many Americans think of the rest of the world as a kind of Disneyland, a showplace for quaint fauna, flora and artifacts. They dress for travel in cheap, comfortable, childish clothes, as if they were going to the zoo and would not be seen by anyone except the animals.” – Alison Lurie
“Lots of people talk to animals…Not very many listen though…that’s the problem.” – A.A. Milne
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” — A.A. Milne
“People speak sometimes about the bestial cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.” – George Bernard Shaw
“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” — Dimitri Merejkowski, Romance Of Leonard Da Vinci
“May all that have life be delivered from suffering.” – Buddha
“So often when you start talking about kindness to animals someone comments that starving and mistreated children should come first. The issue can’t be divided like that. It isn’t a choice between children and animals. It’s our duty to care for both. Kindness is the important thing. Kids and animals are our responsibility.” — Minnie Pearl
“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” – Dimitri Merejkowski
“Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others” — Cesar Chavez
“The fate of animals is of far greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous.” – Emile Zola
“How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.” — Frances Hodgson Burnett
“Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you – and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Animals are a window to your soul and a doorway to your spiritual destiny. If you let them into your life and allow them to teach you, you will be better for it.” – Kim Shotola
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“You duck! You flying yellow duck! And you took this long to tell me?! When Sarah gets excited, random animals pop into her speech like she has an Old MacDonald Had a Farm kind of Tourette syndrome.” – Jandy Nelson
“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.” — Richard Gere
“The fate of animals is of far greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous.” – Emile Zola
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain
“You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” – Paul Mccartney
“Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet” — Marc Bekoff
“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.” – Alfred A. Montapert
“We are animals and we are made in this way and this is how we behave. I’m just kind of fascinated by how we can deny that we are animals and what our impact on the other animals is like, and how quixotic we can be in trying to assess what we’ve done in trying to correct it.” – T.C. Boyle
“I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” — Abraham Lincoln
“Nice is good. It doesn’t sound exciting, but think about it. I think Mr. Perfect would be kind to kids and animals, help old ladies across the street, not insult you when your opinion is different from his. Being nice is so important it’s close to being number one.” – Linda Howard
“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” – Orhan Pamuk
“Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us.” — Matthew Scully
“Be a good boy, remember; and be kind to animals and birds, and read all you can.” – Thomas Hardy
“Be nice to the environment. Be nice to animals. Be nice to people. If you do that, you will leave a mark on the world.” – Enock Maregesi
“My philosophy when it came to pets was much like that of having children You got what you got, and you loved them unconditionally regardless of whatever their personalities or flaws turned out to be.” – Gwen Cooper, Homer’S Odyssey
“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn’t done anything They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit’s eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson’s eyes and ask him if it hurts.” – Ellen Degeneres
“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Eating animals is not our God-given right, but being kind to them is.” – Tsem Tulku
“For centuries poets, some poets, have tried to give a voice to the animals, and readers, some readers, have felt empathy and sorrow. If animals did have voices, and they could speak with the tongues of angels — at the very least with the tongues of angels — they would be unable to save themselves from us. What good would language do? Their mysterious otherness has not saved them, nor have their beautiful songs and coats and skins and shells and eyes.” — Joy Williams
“I think growing up on a farm in a certain amount of isolation, with not a lot of friends nearby, makes you entertain yourself and kind of grows your imagination – being alone is quite good for all that. You make up stories, talk to the animals, let them be an audience, a bunch of cows.” – Kristen Schaal
“The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
“We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.” – Farley Mowat
“People always joke that ‘dog’ spells ‘god’ backwards. They should consider that it might be the higher power coming down to see just how well they do, what kind of people they are. The animals are right here, right in front of us. And how we treat these companions is a test.” – Linda Blair
“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” — Dean Koontz, False Memory
“Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.” — George Bernard Shaw
“Being vegan is not just a matter of being ‘kind’ to animals. First and foremost, it is a matter of being just and observing our moral obligation to not treat other sentient beings as things.” – Gary L. Francione
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France
“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” – Mark Twain
“Let me assure you that all of our pets, and animals of every kind will be with us for eternity on the Other Side.” – Sylvia Browne
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral. “ — Leo Tolstoy
“If you are a kind person and love animals, you may be lucky enough to find the Magic Valley. There you will discover a land where snow leopards play and mountains smile. I should tell you, though, that it will be a very hard journey. But I should also tell you that it is well worth the effort.” – Helen Freeman
“Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them.” – Elvis Presley
“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” — Joaquin Phoenix
“We are not in the home finding business, although it is certainly true that we do find homes from time to time for the kind of animals people are looking for. Our service is to provide a peaceful and painless death to animals who no one wants.” – Ingrid Newkirk
“I really love learning about animals. I pull from a deck of spirit animal cards. You pull one, and it’s about 50 or 60 different animals, and then that day you read whichever animal you pull. And it kind of gives you insight.” – Brie Larson
“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“We talk of humans behaving indistinguishably from animals; this view is an insult to animals, as they would not treat other creatures of their own kind the way we at times behave towards each other.” – George Korankye
“I don’t want food that comes from animals that are caged up and fed antibiotics. I am really suspicious of that kind of production of meat and poultry.” – Alice Waters
“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” – Dean Koontz
“Animals are not here for us to do as we please with. We are not their superiors, we are their equals. We are their family. Be kind to them.” – Ricky Gervais
“For me, “Zoo” has always been a fable. It has nothing to do with realism. It’s a fable about what man is doing to the world, and the animals have retribution. But in the real world, this would not happen. But in the world of 1984, this kind of thing can happen in a story.” – James Patterson
“The simple facts of Chadian life – what it takes to survive in that kind of climate with nothing but a hut and some animals – stunned me. And this made me realize, perhaps for the first time, how easy my life was compared to those of people in less privileged societies.” – Alex Honnold
“Events cast their shadows ahead; before a harsh winter, wild animals grow thicker fur, and the beaver puts on a thicker layer of fat. What kind of times and what sort of tasks can lie ahead for a generation that must think so harshly, even at such a young age, in order to survive?” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Animals of every kind live on the Other Side, .. you are not crazy if you feel the spirit of your cat rubbing against your legs, hear the sound of your dog’s toenails clicking on the wood floor, or hear the familiar song your bird used to sing. Our pets do come back to visit us.” – Sylvia Browne
Be Empathetic With Quotes About Kindness To Animals
“Undressing her was an act of recklessness, a kind of vandalism, like releasing a zoo full of animals, or blowing up a dam.” – Michael Chabon
“Never break a promise to an animal. They’re like babies – they won’t understand.” – Tamora Pierce, Wild Magic
“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.” – A. A. Milne
“I was always fascinated with animals and I wanted to go to the zoo all the time. When I got older and I realized the animals bite, and when they do, most of the time you don’t survive it kind of crushed my dream and now I just want to WATCH Discovery Channel.” – Marcus Hudson
“He who is kind to animals heaven will protect.”- Gautama Buddha
“According to Kant’s late work on the Principles of Politics (1793), the irreducible problem of the human species is the following: the human being is an animal and thus, to live peacefully with other animals of its kind, absolutely needs a master.” – Gregg Lambert
“There are many examples of animals coming to surprising living arrangements … where an animal takes a human being or another animal to be one of it’s kind.” – Yann Martel
“I looked about me once again, and suddenly the dancing horses without number changed into animals of every kind and into all the fowls that are, and these fled back to the four quarters of the world from whence the horses came, and vanished.” – Black Elk
“Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind.” – Roald Dahl
“Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind.” – Henry Bergh
“Being kind to animals is not enough. Avoiding cruelty is not enough. Housing animals in more comfortable, larger cages is not enough. Whether we exploit animals to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages.” – Tom Regan
“Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals; nay it is treachery to comrades.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
“I have no doubt that President George W. Bush – a man, in my experience, of extremely kind and generous instincts, and back in Austin even a rescuer of stray animals – would be appalled by the conditions of a typical American factory farm or packing plant.” – Matthew Scully
“When we are kind to animals, they become loving and kind to us. It is our sacred duty to love the creator and the creations.” – Debasish Mridha
“A child is a person who can’t understand why someone would give away a perfectly good kitten.” – Doug Larson
“We are not only gregarious animals, liking to be in sight of our fellows, but we have an innate propensity to get ourselves noticed, and noticed favorably, by our kind.” – William James
“I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs.” – James Herriot
“I am sometimes asked, ‘Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?’ I answer: ‘I am working at the roots.'” – George Thorndike Angell
“We really kind of pioneered a technology here at Fossil Rim where we use ultrasound on both our white rhinos and black rhinos and we can even document pregnancy in animals at about 30 days.” – Bruce Williams
“I had a couple of experiences as a kid with animals where I hurt them, kind of unintentionally, and when I saw that a human being can hurt an animal it really affected me. And my kids … they became animal rights activists.” – Sean Astin
“We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.” – Cesar Chavez
“It’s hard not to be kind of pessimistic about human beings generally, because we do tend to mess things up. If you just look at the history of extinctions, we’ve killed off an awful lot of animals – and I don’t think we’re doing a very good job of looking after the planet.” – Bill Bryson
“I don’t have a hands-on fondness for animals. I did not grow up bonded to any particular nonhuman animal. I like them and I pet them and I’m kind to them, but there’s no special bond between me and other animals.” – Wayne Pacelle
“The maternal impulse in animals to protect their young – that kind of instinct and subsequent violence is quite beautiful. Mythic even.” – Lidia Yuknavitch
“[Apostol Paul’s] views were translated as, “Your rule is to be kind to black people; you don’t beat them.” It’s very much the way we treated women in the 14th and 15th centuries. A woman was not human, and you should be kind to your wife like you are to all dumb animals. That was the mentality.” – John Shelby Spong
“Most Pagans are in agreement, treat yourself, others, animals and nature with respect. Just like many other religions the Pagan belief system often incorporates a desire to be a good person, kind, and understanding. There is no spread of hatred or violence.” – Ginger Valentine
“When you see someone dying in front of you from a direct and simple cause, it’s easier to deal with [that] than famine or drought or a more indirect cause. It’s overwhelming and frightening and kind of distant, but we do see it every day with plants and animals and species dying.” – John H Richardson
“I try to write about small things. Paper, animals, a house … love is kind of big. I have written a love song, though. In this film, I sing it to a lamp.” – David Byrne
“He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to.” – Laura Adams Armer
“Farmers today keep themselves in ignorance of the needs and true nature of pigs precisely because to know would put their conscience in a terrible bind. Wilful ignorance of this kind is no better than complicity.” – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
“My parents were very permissive when it came to animals. As long as we earned the money to buy them and built whatever structure it was they were going to live in, we could have any kind of pet we wanted. They would have let us have a rhinoceros if we could have afforded it.” – Maggie Stiefvater
“Men will be just to men when they are kind to animals.” – Henry Bergh
“Jules and I were tiny people. We were delicate. We were almost destroyed. We were vulnerable. Like nerds in a school yard of bullies, we could have traded our stamps and cards of extinct animals. That’s the kind of people we would be if our situation were different.” – Heather O’Neill
“In the highest sense, we are all creatures of light. And I have a very difficult time talking with people who are cynical about the world. “The world is no damn good, and we’re all animals,” and that kind of thing. Well, I’m an animal.” – Richard Bach
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“It made me feel particularly sickened to know that this kind of callous attitude toward animals is repeated again and again in laboratories around this country.” – Jane Goodall
“Be kind. Be kind to others, be kind to animals, be kind to yourself. Smile at the mailman, pet your dog, buy yourself an ice cream cone. Spreading kindness in this world is the noblest thing a person can do.” – Shenita Etwaroo
“You’ve heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap. there’s an animal kind of trick. a human would remain in the trap endure the pain feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind.” – Frank Herbert
“Can we be grateful for music, silence, kind words, beautiful words, art, blank canvasses, space, night, sun, rain, amazing plants, animals.” – Jay Woodman
“[S]he’s a yuppie libtard, ya know? She’s just going to fund things to help animals and weird people. I don’t like that kind of shit.” – Brad McKinniss
“Only one kind of species of animals bites the hand that feeds them – mankind.” – Fakeer Ishavardas
“At our base level we are animals. And so, my theory is that women are only considered attractive as long as they look fertile because we, as humans, are made to reproduce and move on. And so we kind of can’t ever get away from our animalistic nature, in a way.” – Erin Davie
“Whether you understand they evolved over billions of years or believe that a God made them all one afternoon, please be kind to animals.” – Ricky Gervais
“Animals are stylized characters in a kind of old saga – stylized because even the most acute of them have little leeway as they play out their parts.” – Edward Hoagland
“After sex, all animals are sad; after any kind of pleasure, really. We’re not built for pleasure. We’re built for agony and for seeing things too clearly, which is often a terrible agony in itself. I loathed myself then, and I loathed myself now. Dr.” – George Alec Effinger
“I don’t know anything about the Bible, ma, the only thing I know is what you taught me, which is stuff like being kind to animals and always leave the horse in a better state after you get off of him than he was when you got on.” – Mary Pagones
“I do think on some basic level we are animals and by instinct we kind of breed accordingly. But, as much as I believe that, I work really hard when I’m in a relationship to make it work in a monogamous way.” – Scarlett Johansson
“Doing that kind of work, you really get to know if you like animals. If you can somehow enjoy cleaning out their cages, then you know you genuinely love animals.” – Jack Hanna
“They say that vegetable food is not sufficiently nutritious. But chemistry proves the contrary. So does physiology. So does experience … And again: the largest and strongest animals in the world are those which eat no flesh-food of any kind – the elephant and the rhinoceros.” – R. Trall
“In today’s society, the animals known as Homo sapiens have become conditioned to elicit the same kind of fearful response whenever the bell of Islam is rung.” – Abhijit Naskar
“When you teach kindness to animals, you teach reverence for life in general. The youngster who is taught concern for animals will grow up being kind to his fellow man. It follows, too, that he will not become callous to widespread suffering in any form.” – Bernard Beck – Nana Awere Damoah
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart
“I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.” – Mother Teresa
“Out there is South Dakota,” Kitch had said, “Matt said they treated Fern like some kind of animal.” – Karen Joy Fowler
“A dog has one aim in life … to bestow his heart.” – J.R. Ackerley, literary editor
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama
“I’ve seen people that don’t treat their animals well and yet their animals are still just as loving to them even though they’re not treated that well. It’s very hard to find that kind of loyalty and love and affection in human beings.” – Dick Van Patten
“Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.”- Richard Carlson, author
“I’ve always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals. I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?” – Anne Tyler
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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
“If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” – Ellen DeGeneres
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. I just like animals,” Rafael said. “So does Sky, except he’s kind of a hippie soulbonder about it.” – Rose Christo
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To endow animals with human emotions has long been a scientific taboo. But if we do not, we risk missing something fundamental, about both animals and us.” – Frans de Waal
“People are a lot like animals. Most of them are kind, but some are cruel. And the cruel ones are cruel because they were never trained properly.” – J.S. Veter
“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi
“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James
“Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.” – Louis J. Camuti
“We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.” – Albert Einstein
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato
“Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Always try to be a little kinder than you have to be.” – J.M. Barrie
“In view of the fading animals the proliferation of sewers and fears the sea clogging, the air nearing extinction we should be kind, we should take warning, we should forgive each other Instead we are opposite, we touch as though attacking, the gifts we bring even in good faith maybe warp in our hands to implements, to manoeuvres.” – Margaret Atwood
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
“Religion, media and schools tell us to disregard animals, view them as commodities, property and resources, and convince us that animals cannot think clearly, nor act morally or altruistically, nor experience love and hatred, or kindness and terror, in the same way that we can.” – Gary Yourofsky
“I got into being vegan because I was simply looking to benefit from being more compassionate. I have since come to learn that it is an animal-based diet that is responsible for the overwhelming majority of cases of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, multiple sclerosis, and all kinds of other problems.” – Steve-O
Popular Sayings & Quotes About Kindness To Animals
“All the animals, the plants, the minerals, even other kinds of men, are being broken and reassembled every day, to preserve an elite few, who are the loudest to theorize on freedom, but the least free of all.” – Thomas Pynchon
“Be kind to every kind, not just mankind.” – Anthony D. Williams
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid.” – Isaiah
“It is not an act of kindness to treat animals respectfully. It is an act of justice.” – Tom Regan
“Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.” – Thomas Jefferson
“The gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies… they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.” – Plato
“You can compromise between good, better, and best, and you can compromise between bad and worse and terrible. But you can’t compromise between good and evil. And now people look at the other side as a completely different kind of animal and say, “They are taking the country down the road to purgatory.” It’s complete intolerance.” – Gary Ackerman
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“So often when you start talking about kindness to animals someone comments that starving and mistreated children should come first. The issue can’t be divided like that. It isn’t a choice between children and animals. It’s our duty to care for both. Kindness is the important thing. Kids and animals are our responsibility.” – Minnie Pearl
“‘Thou shalt not kill’ does not apply to murder of one’s own kind only, but to all living beings and this commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us.” – Matthew Scully
“We should venture on the study of every kind of animal without distaste; for each and all will reveal to us something natural and something beautiful.” – Aristotle
“All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual’s sensibilities in relation not only to one’s fellow humans everywhere, but to all living things whatsoever.” – Ashley Montagu
“Live action writers will give you a structure, but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.” – Ralph Bakshi
“To those people who say, ‘My father is alive because of animal experimentation,’ I say, ‘Yeah, well, good for you. This dog died so your father could live.’ Sorry, but I am just not behind that kind of trade-off.” – Bill Maher
“Miley [Cyrus] is so sweet. In this generation – and I know because I have two teenage boys – they don’t really have to care about things. It’s kind of a desensitized generation. I’m so impressed that she’s really vegan and outspoken about animal welfare.” – Pamela Anderson
“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!” – Theophile Gautier
“I think every pet lover has an appreciation for nature – I’ve never met an animal lover who didn’t have some kind of connection to the natural world.” – Glenn Close
“When I was younger, my family would go camping and fishing on our ranches. My dad loves being around all kinds of animals. He’s the one who got me to be a really big animal lover.” – Paris Hilton
“Human beings are not intrinsically selfish, which isolates us from others. We are essentially social animals who depend on others to meet our needs. We achieve happiness, prosperity and progress through social interaction. Therefore, having a kind and helpful attitude contributes to our own and others’ happiness.” – Dalai Lama
“I had to weave and play around with a honey bear, you know, and I could wrestle with him a little bit, but there’s no way you can even wrestle a honey bear, let alone a grizzly bear that’s standing ten feet to eleven feet tall! Can you imagine? But it was fascinating to work that close to that kind of animal.” – Leslie Nielsen
“Everything in the country, animate and inanimate, seems to whisper, be serene, be kind, be happy. We grow tolerant there unconsciously.” – Fanny Fern
“Obviously as a kid, for probably anybody who chose animation voiceover as a career in their adult life, Mel Blanc was the touchstone for everybody. He kind of invented the job and was the first voice actor to get onscreen credit.” – Tom Kenny
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“For a solitary animal egoism is a virtue that tends to preserve and improve the species: in any kind of community it becomes a destructive vice.” – Erwin Schrodinger
“One day, I just thought, if you see a bird with a broken leg, you really have the urge to do something about it and help the bird, then at the same time you go to a restaurant and eat a chicken or something. It doesn’t make any sense.” – Patrik Baboumian
“What a marvelous cooperative arrangement – plants and animals each inhaling each other’s exhalations, a kind of planet-wide mutual mouth-to-stoma resuscitation, the entire elegant cycle powered by a star 150 million kilometers away.” – Carl Sagan
“I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground.” – Abraham Lincoln
“We know we cannot defend to be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them – exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.” – Cesar Chavez
“We’re physical objects, we think of ourselves as these kind of free-floating brains, but the brain is such a little part. It’s way smaller than we like to think. We think we’re these important human beings. We’re not animals or anything. But what did we come out of? What are we made out of? We’re made of the same stuff as out there.” – Melissa Holbrook Pierson
“It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“I’m not interested in stories. Stories are interesting but I don’t think my head works that way. I remember at age 10 I dreamt of making animated cartoons as loops, something you could just project on your wall and look at from time to time. Kind of, something to stare at, something that’s always there.” – Jim Jarmusch
“It’s admirable, what you do, what she does, but to me animal-welfare people are a bit like Christians of a certain kind. Everyone is so cheerful and well-intentioned that after a while you itch to go off and do some raping and pillaging. Or to kick a cat.” – J. M. Coetzee
“I am only one, But still I am one.” – Helen Keller
“We are to have no pictures which the puritan and the narrow, animated by an obsolete dogma, cannot approve of. We are to have no theaters no motion pictures, no books, no public exhibitions of any kind, no speech even which will anyway contravene his limited view of life.” – Theodore Dreiser
“When we see animals doing remarkable things, how do we know if we’re simply seeing tricks or signs of real intelligence? Are talented animals just obeying commands, or do they have some kind of deeper understanding? One of the biggest challenges for animal researchers is to come up with tests that can distinguish between the two.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Stupid National Anthem… Look at this flag; Two bears fighting over a pineapple. What kind of message does that send to the world? “Come to Belarus, where wild animals will steal your fruit.” – Bill Bailey
“Critics are a kind of freebooters in the republic of letters–who, like deer, goats and divers other graminivorous animals, gain subsistence by gorging upon buds and leaves of the young shrubs of the forest, thereby robbing them of their verdure, and retarding their progress to maturity.” – Washington Irving
“Most animals, including most domesticated primates (humans) show truly staggering ability to ‘ignore’ certain kinds of information – that which does not ‘fit’ their imprinted/ conditioned reality-tunnel.” – Robert Anton Wilson
“I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Where as in animation you have to kind of do a series of drawings in between to complete the movement.” – Gerald Scarfe
“FDA, which regulates the safety of vegetables, doesn’t have those kinds of rules because Congress doesn’t want it to. It’s not that the vegetables themselves have anything wrong with them; it’s that they’re contaminated with animal manure. One of the rationales for a single food safety agency is that you can’t separate animals from vegetables.” – Marion Nestle
“I really loved Michelangelo. I’ve always been a little partial to Donatello to be honest, especially with the animated series. There’s just something about Donnie that I really like. But, you know, Mikey’s also Mikey. It’s kind of just a given he’s the most fun one.” – Noel Fisher
“I don’t think about it that much, but sometimes I am surprised by that. I sometimes wonder why I didn’t turn out to be the kind of picture-book writer who has stuffed animals that go with their books. That would be okay with me.” – Lynne Rae Perkins
“In my opinion, animation is best when it communicates without words, because it is the perfect medium through which to make shortcuts to meaning. When actors are not talking, just acting out, it looks kind of weird. But in animation, mime is constant, and you accept it.” – Signe Baumane
“If you want to design a successful human society you need to know what kind of animal we are. Are we a social animal or a selfish animal? Do we respond better when we’re solitary or living in a group?” – Frans de Waal
“Without an allegiance to beauty, art degenerates into a caricature of itself. It is beauty that animates aesthetic experience, making it so seductive; but aesthetic experience itself degenerates into a kind of fetish or idol if it is held up as an end in itself, untested by the rest of life.” – Roger Kimball
“I don’t see that many plays, and for me, musicals are rarely pleasing. I feel the actors are being put through a kind of nightmarish labor. They’re like animals being forced to pull heavy carts of vegetables at incredible speeds.” – Wallace Shawn
“Human beings are so destructive. I sometimes think we’re a kind of plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that’s our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the decks, and lets evolution proceed to its next phase.” – Michael Crichton
“Yeah, once we decided to use that replacement animation, and the seams are a function of that animation, and other movies paint those out, we decided we wanted to keep the presence of the animation and the type of animation that it was rather than make it look polished. It created a kind of vulnerability, I think.” – Charlie Kaufman
“Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.” – Albert Schweitzer
“Men make the mistake of thinking that because women can’t see the sense in violence, they must be passive creatures. It’s just not true. In one important way, at least, men are the passive sex. Given a choice, they will always opt for the status quo. They hate change of any kind, and they fight against it constantly. On the other hand, what women want is stability, which when you stop to think about it is a very different animal.” – Eric Van Lustbader
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“In a war you have to take up arms and people will get killed, and I can support that kind of action by petrol bombing and bombs under cars, and probably at a later stage, the shooting of vivisectors on their doorsteps. It’s a war, and there’s no other way you can stop vivisectors.” – Tim Daly
“Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.” – Henry Beston
“You should know as much as you can about the human species if you have a hand in designing human society. Of course, I’m not saying that you can derive moral rules from nature – that’s deriving an ought from an is, as the philosophers say – but you do need to know what kind of animals we are if you want to design a stable society.” – Frans de Waal
“We need another and a wiser and a perhaps more mystical concept of animals.” – Henry Beston
“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.” – Anna Sewell
“Just as a stream flows smoothly on as long as it encounters no obstruction, so the nature of man and animal is such that we never really notice or become conscious of what is agreeable to our will; if we are to notice something, our will has to have been thwarted, has to have experienced a shock of some kind.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
“I think I’ve kind of been mistaken for somebody who’s trying to be a spokesperson for animal rights, and the fact is I’m not qualified to be a spokesperson. I am passionate about it, but I’m not trying to make other people do what I do.” – Neko Case
“Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others.” – Cesar Chavez
“The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things.” – Jilly Cooper
“We don’t know what kind of people we truly are until the moment before our deaths. As death comes to embrace you, you will realize what you are. That’s what death is, don’t you think?” – Masashi Kishimoto
“People always joke that “dog” spells “god” backwards. They should consider that it might be the higher power coming down to see just how well they do, what kind of people they are. The animals are right here, right in front of us. And how we treat these companions is a test.” – Linda Blair
“If I had not grown up in Nigeria, and if all I knew about Africa were from popular images, I too would think that Africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals and incomprehensible people, fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind, white foreigner.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored.” – Alice Walker
“The obligations of law and equity reach only to mankind; but kindness and beneficence should be extended to the creatures of every species, and these will flow from the breast of a true man, as streams that issue from the living fountain.” – Plutarch
“I think I probably am doing animation because I started as a kid and I learned on my own, and I worked by myself a lot. It’s the only thing I really prepared myself to do in any kind of depth. And I’ve just kind of imbibed the technology and techniques and the thinking about telling stories this way. It just feels natural to me.” – Chris Wedge
“It’s really up to the acting community to be willing to be educated about what performance capture is in order to fully appreciate it as acting. It’s not a type of acting, but rather the use of technology to harness an actor’s performance and translate it into an ape, another animal, or an avatar of some kind.” – Andy Serkis
“If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of ax.” – Plutarch
“Men in long-term relationships, we all know how they lose their mojo, they just completely fall apart. They feel like they’re not even a man anymore, and they get kind of feminized and weird and they have this longing for this animal, brutal part of themselves to come back. Love does something to men.” – Anna Biller
“On these feature films there are people on the staff who can draw 100 times better then I can, and animate better then I can, and light better then I can, write comedy better then I can. I basically am in the middle of kind of a creative typhoon and I’m just kind of talking the film up on to the screen. Minute to minute, meeting by meeting, day by day.” – Chris Wedge
“That’s the point. Every kind of animal thinks its own kind of animal is wonderful. So people getting married think they’re wonderful, and that they’re going to have a baby – that’s wonderful, when actually they’re as ugly as rhinoceroses. Just because we think we’re so wonderful doesn’t mean we really are. We could be really terrible animals and just never admit it because it would hurt so much.” – Kurt Vonnegut
“I was very interested in highlighting group behaviour and I wanted to show that I think this is very fundamental about being a human being… that we are herd animals actually. So, I was looking for different situations that take place in different kinds of groups.” – Ruben Ostlund
“Video game engines can handle the kind of complexity and realism you can’t put into a movie – yet. But games are getting better and better – I imagine a day where you won’t be able to tell a game from a movie, with great A.I. animation and photoreal, interactive environments, etc.” – Mark Walton
“I was brought up to understand Darwin’s theory of evolution. I spent hours and hours in the Natural History Museum in London looking at the descriptions of how different kinds of animals had evolved, looking at the sequence of fossil bones looking gradually more and more and more and more like the modern fossil.” – Jane Goodall
“I have kept every kind of animal and plant that is legal to privatel+y own.” – Marc Morrone
“When reflection is thereby demystified, I believe that the temptation to view human knowledge as different in kind from animal knowledge is undermined.” – Hilary Kornblith
“Anomalocaridids seemed to lack front limbs, being an arthropod – being a joint-legged animal – and not having legs, it’s kind of embarrassing.” — Benjamin Van Roy
“I think there is something very interesting about people who live day to day in an environment where they could get taken out by a wild animal. There has to be some kind respect that is derived from that relationship.” — Henry Rollins
“I always liked those characters in ‘True Blood’ who could turn into animals. I’d love to be an animal of some kind and run quickly through a forest.” — Jonathan Ames
“The writing and making of each of my albums has been such a different beast each time, so I’m interested in seeing what kind of animal the fourth one turns out to be!” – Brooke Fraser
How Can Reading Quotes About Kindness Toward Animals Help You
Reading quotes about being kind to animals can be beneficial in several ways.
First and foremost, they can inspire us to cultivate a greater sense of empathy and compassion towards animals.
When we read about the importance of treating animals with kindness and respect, it can encourage us to be more mindful of our actions and how they impact the lives of animals around us.
In addition, quotes about being kind to animals can help us understand the deeper connection we share with all living creatures.
They can remind us that animals are sentient beings with their own thoughts, emotions, and personalities, and that we have a responsibility to treat them with care and respect.
Furthermore, reading quotes about being kind to animals can help us appreciate the many benefits that animals bring into our lives.
From the joy and companionship of a beloved pet to the ecological services provided by wildlife, animals play a crucial role in our world and deserve our kindness and protection.
Finally, reading quotes about being kind to animals can be a source of inspiration and motivation for taking action.
They can encourage us to get involved in animal welfare issues, whether it’s through volunteering, making donations, or advocating for change in our communities.
Implementing quotes about kindness towards animals into our daily lives can be a powerful way to cultivate compassion and empathy towards animals.
Here are some ways to do so:
- Read a quote about kindness towards animals each day: Start your day by reading a quote about kindness towards animals, and reflect on its message throughout the day. This can be a simple way to remind yourself of the importance of treating animals with compassion and respect.
- Practice kindness towards animals: Look for opportunities to practice kindness towards animals in your daily life. This could be something as simple as offering a treat to a neighborhood dog or volunteering at a local animal shelter.
- Share quotes with others: Share quotes about kindness towards animals with friends and family members. This can be a way to spread the message of compassion and inspire others to take action.
- Educate yourself: Take the time to learn more about the issues facing animals in your community and around the world. This can help you make informed choices about how to support animal welfare and live a more compassionate life.
- Be mindful of your impact: Be mindful of the impact your choices have on animals, whether it’s the food you eat or the products you use. Look for ways to reduce harm and support animal-friendly alternatives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Are Quotes About kindness Towards Animals Important?
Quotes about kindness towards animals are important because they inspire us to develop a greater sense of empathy and compassion towards animals.
They remind us of the deep connections we share with all living creatures and encourage us to treat animals with respect and care.
Reading and reflecting on these quotes can help us develop a greater appreciation for the many ways in which animals enrich our lives, and inspire us to take action in support of animal welfare.
How Can I Use Quotes About kindness Towards Animals To Make A Difference?
You can use quotes about kindness towards animals to make a difference by incorporating their messages into your daily life.
You can practice kindness towards animals, spread the message of compassion by sharing quotes with others, educate yourself on animal welfare issues, and be mindful of the impact your choices have on animals.
Additionally, you can support organizations and causes that work to improve the lives of animals, whether it’s by volunteering, making donations, or advocating for change in your community.
What Are Some Examples Of Quotes About Kindness Towards Animals?
There are many powerful quotes about kindness towards animals, including:
- “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
- “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
- “The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?” – Jeremy Bentham
These quotes, and many others like them, offer powerful insights into the importance of treating animals with kindness and respect, and can inspire us to live a more compassionate life.
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