Vegan Quotes and Vegetarian Sayings

If you look at the history of vegan quotes and vegetarian sayings, they go back decades. There have been dozens of famous personalities from all fields who have emphasized the importance of veganism and vegetarianism, embraced it, and encouraged others to follow.

Some of the most famous names include Benjamin Franklin, Carl Lewis, Mike Tyson, Martina Navratilova, Pamela Anderson, Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Einstein, Natalie Portman, Russell Brand, Leo Tolstoy, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Clinton, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, George Bernard Shaw, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Here are some compelling Vegan and Vegetarian Quotes to encourage and inspire you to make the world a better place. You can also share these quotes and sayings with friends and loved ones to encourage them too.

Quotes About Veganism

Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.
Gary L. Francione

My perspective of veganism was most affected by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dairying and that, in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what I had thought was an innocuous white liquid – milk.
Rynn Berry

Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable.
Gary L. Francione

Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.
George Bernard Shaw

My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.
Leonardo Da Vinci

Best Vegan Quotes

Being vegetarian here also means that we do not consume dairy and egg products because they are products of the meat industry. If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakening can create enough determination for action.
Thich Nhat Hanh

If we each had to butcher our own meat, there would be a great increase in the number of vegetarians.
Ernest Howard Crosby

People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.
Pino Caruso

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Vegan Sayings

Being vegan helped me realize I can say and do what I believe is right. That’s powerful.
Alicia Silverstone

Being vegan is not always easy and accessible. But it’s a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better.
Olivia Wilde

I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity.
Rai Aren

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Good Vegan Quotes

With lentils, tomatoes and rice, olives and nuts and bread, Why does a man care to gnaw a slice of something bleeding and dead?
Henry Bailey Stevens

I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival.
Al Gore

Being a vegan just helps me build up my self-esteem. I feel good about it every time I eat a meal.

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 Gellar

They are nothing; they don’t count; they don’t matter. They are commodities like TV sets and cell phones. We have actually turned animals into inanimate objects -sandwiches and shoes.
Gary Yourofsky

Olivia Wilde Vegan quote.

Inspirational Vegan Quotes

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.
Cassey Afleck

We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.
Gary L. Francione

Give up animal foods for two months, or even for a week, and I promise you will look and feel better, and you’ll want to do it forever.
Alicia Silverstone

When you adopt a vegan diet we make a connection; you don’t go back, it is not a diet, it is a lifestyle.
Freelee Frugivore

I’m a vegan. It makes me feel really good and bright.
Lea Michele

The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.
Michael Klaper

Being vegan doesn’t make you a stronger, better athlete. But it allows you to make yourself a stronger, better athlete.
Brendan Brazier

Vegan quote for athletes.

What is Vegan?

A person who does not eat or use animal products of any kind.

Good Vegetarian Sayings

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.
Linda McCartney

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Vegetarianism preserves life, health, peace, the ecology, creates a more equitable distribution of resources, helps to feed the hungry, encourages nonviolence for the animal and human members of the planet, and is a powerful aid for the spiritual transformation of the body, emotions, mind, and spirit.
Gabriel Cousens

Anyone who cares about the Earth – really cares – must stop eating animals.
Linda McCartney

Lynda McCartney vegetarian quote.

Farm To Table Quotes

I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do.
Cesar Chavez

No animals need to die in order for me to live. And that makes me feel good.
Howard Lyman

If you could see or feel the suffering, you wouldn’t think twice. Give back life. Don’t eat meat.
Kim Basinger

A vegetarian in Texas. You’re a long way from home.
Lee Child

It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.

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

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Einstein vegetarian quote.

Einstein Vegetarian Quotes

Albert Einstein, one of the most famous scientists in history, turned vegetarian after supporting the concept for decades. There are a few famous vegetarian quotes from the German-born physicist.

I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience.

Nothing will benefit human health or increase chances of survival on Earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

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.

Powerful Vegetarian Quotes

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

You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.
Harvey Diamond

We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.
Rachel Carson

Every living creature has the right to live ethically.
Dirk Verbeuren

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

We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.
Rachel Carson

Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.
Peter Singer

Celebrity Quotes

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

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

We all love animals. Why do we call some ‘pets’ and others dinner?
K.D. Lang

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

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

Behind every beautiful fur coat, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story.
Mary Tyler Moore

Awesome Vegetarian and Vegan Quotes

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

The only animals I eat are crackers.

Vegan food is soul food in its truest form.”
Erykah Badu

To get mud off your hands, use soap and water. To get blood off your hands, go vegan.
John Sakars

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

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 its happening, not that you saw it.
Marie Sarantakis

Most consumers are unaware of the ongoing, intense suffering and billions of premature deaths that lurk behind mayonnaise and cream, cold cuts and egg sandwiches.
Lisa Kemmerer

People are the only animals that drink the milk of the mother of another species.
Michael Klaper

Important Quotes About Vegetarians

If a kidever realized what was involved in factory farming, they would never touch meat again.
James Cromwell

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
Charles Darwin

Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, My appetite is more important than your suffering? Moby;

The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

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

No other animal on Earth has portrayed such a disregard for life than mankind.
Anthony Douglas Williams

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

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

Motivational Quotes for Vegans and Vegetarians

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

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.

It takes 12 pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to create a single pound of beef.
Mayim Bialik

The concept that you are not ingesting rotting flesh sort of sums it up for me.
Bryan Adams

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of real food for real people, you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.
Dr Neal Barnard

Every time sitting at a dining table, we make a choice. Please choose vegetarianism. Do it for the animals. Do it for the environment and for the sake of your own health.
Alec Baldwin

By Liz Olson

Liz is a poet, vegetarian, and writer based in Minneapolis.


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