But for all voice in that serene hour, I hear
an owl hoot.
How glad I am to hear him rather than the most eloquent
man of the age.
Henry David Thoreau
Every creature is better alive than dead.
Henry David Thoreau
Whole aeons of love are required to compensate
for the services they have rendered us.
I would not enter on my list of friends, though
polished manners and fine sense, yet wanting sensibility,
the man who needlessly sets foot upon a worm.
Kindness is the noblest trait of human nature,
the meanest and lowest. In giving man absolute power
over the creatures beneath him the Creator put humans
to the test and gave them the choice of kindness or
cruelty, of good or evil.
P. P. Baxter
I am convinced that, as we progress further
into an age
governed by the "machine", our hunger for the unspoilt
beauty of nature is going to increase and that it would
be a tragedy if there were nothing left with which to
satisfy that hunger. It is the plain duty of man to guard
and to protect what is at his mercy, and at the same time
guarantee the survival of creatures which have so much
to contribute to his knowledge and pleasure.
He prayeth best who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
Samuel T. Coleridge
Man was born human, but he can learn
to be humane.
Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?
Loved the wood-rose, and left it on its stalk?
Unarmed, faced danger with a heart of trust?
O, be my friend, and teach me to be thine!
Ralph Waldo Emerson
O Lord of love and kindness, who created the
beautiful earth and all the creatures walking and
flying in it, so that they may proclaim your glory,
I thank you to my dying day that you have placed
me amongst them.
Francis of Assisi
Whatever it is that lives
a man, a tree or a bird,
should be touched gently.
He who is cruel to animals is no good to man.
He who is not actively kind, is cruel.
On the arrogance of the human race:
When a human does something smart, that's intelligence;
When an animal does something smart, that's instinct.