Historical Figures

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of...

Nobel Prize winner regarded as the father of modern physics & the most influential physicist of the 20th century.

Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy...

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

Author of Jane Eyre, famous English writer in the 19th century.

Greek philosopher

George Bernard Shaw was a Nobel-Prize-winning Irish playwright, critic and passionate socialist whose influence on Western theater, culture and politics stretched from the 1880s to his death in 1950, at 94, one of the world's most famous men.

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. 

“Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.”

Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) — known as H. G. Wells — was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. He is now best remembered for...

My vegetarianism is a great protest. And I dream that there may be a whole religion based on protest … against everything which is not just: about the fact that there is so much sickness, so much...

Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Jewish author in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?

Jeremy Bentham was a British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism.

John Wesleywas an Anglican minister and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. 

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist. He is regarded as one of the greatest in the canon of world literature. His best known works are War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

"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."

1452-1519; genius artist, inventor and scientist

Da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer,...

"I do not regard flesh-food as necessary for us at any stage and under any clime in which it is possible for human beings ordinarily to live. I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. To my...

Led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.

I haven't bought any leather articles for a very long time. My ideal is to be able to avoid all animal products, in food as well as clothing.

“Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.”

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818)....

Inventor

Renowned poet of the Romantic era and husband to Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Wrote essays on the vegetarianism and animal rights, such as A Vindication of the Natural Diet (1813) and On the Vegetable System of Diet (1829).

Plato was a philosopher and mathematician in Classical Greece, and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia, in which he wrote a section called On the Eating of Animal Flesh. He challanged the idea of man as a natural carnivore and argued that animals deserved ethical...

He who abstains from anything animate ... will be much more careful not to injure those of his own species. For he who loves the genus will not hate any species of animals.

Porphyry was, like Pythagoras, an advocate of vegetarianism on spiritual and ethical grounds. These two philosophers are perhaps the most famous vegetarians of classical antiquity. He wrote the On Abstinence from Animal Food, advocating against the consumption of animals, and he is...

Famous ancient greek mathemetician and noted philosopher

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”

was an English physicist and mathematician (described in his own day as a "natural philosopher") who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("...

Sir Isaac Pitman, was an English teacher who developed the most widely used system of shorthand, known now as Pitman shorthand. He first proposed this in Stenographic Soundhand in 1837. He was also the vice president of the Vegetarian Society.

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