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Relevant quotes - statements and thoughts relevant to fruitarianism by various people.
There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties . . . The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.
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.
Thou should eat to live, not live to eat.
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.
I will not kill or hurt any living creature needlessly, nor destroy any beautiful thing, but will strive to save and comfort all gentle life, and guard and perfect all natural beauty upon the earth.
But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
If people are good only because they fear punishment, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
He should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should he incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world.
There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.
The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but "Can they suffer?”
He who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.
As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace.
They are called into existence by human artifice that they may drag out a short and miserable existence of slavery and disease, that their bodies may be mutilated, their social feelings outraged. It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery.
If we stop consuming, they will stop producing.
The thought of two thousand people crunching celery at the same time horrified me.
Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more.
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Isaac Bashevis Singer
What do they know-all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world - about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated.