Favorite Quotes and Scripture

This is a page of favorite quotes and scripture.   Thanks for reading our blog and following us!  We hope you are blessed by what you read.  There is a complete page with many gems of thought from different people online called The Quote Garden.  The advertisements don’t match our values, but the quotes are great.


 

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

A true sportsman is a hunter lost in the woods and out of ammo. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ~St. Francis of Assisi

The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position. ~Christine Stevens

Amos 5:21-24:  I hate, I reject your festivals, nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; and I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings.  Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.  But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character. ~George Bernard Shaw

Proverbs 7:1-3:  My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.  Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.  Bind them on your fingers;    write them on the tablet of your heart.

Matthew 23:37-39:  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’   This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’   [Surely animals are our neighbors, too!]

“If animals are just commodities, then we are just consumers, with no greater good than material pleasure and no higher law than appetite. And if there is a God and they are His creatures, not ours, then there is indeed a higher law regarding their care and we must answer to it—not just when it suits us, not just when we feel the spirit upon us, and not just when it’s cost-efficient, but always.”  —Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

“Animals are God’s creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but precious beings in God’s sight. …Christians whose eyes are fixed on the awfulness of crucifixion are in a special position to understand the awfulness of innocent suffering.  The Cross of Christ is God’s absolute identification with the weak, the powerless, and the vulnerable, but most of all with unprotected, undefended, innocent suffering.”  ~Andrew Linzey

“The Jewish Holocaust is a unique event in human history; and the best way to honor the Holocaust is to learn from it and to fight all forms of oppression. We may have been victorious in World War II, but the struggle against oppression and injustice is far from over. For me, the Holocaust isn’t a tool in the struggle, but an experience that shaped my personality and my values, made me who I am today, and drove me to fight all forms of oppression, including the oppression of the weakest creatures, the animals.”  ~Alex Hershaft

“While we cannot escape our participation with other creatures in the groaning of this present age, and will never through our efforts be able to achieve an Edenic harmony with them, a Christian appreciation of animal creatures means we must nonetheless take care to walk among God’s other animal creatures in awareness of their status as our fellows, seek to promote their flourishing when we can, and block it only when we must.”
~Professor David Clough (extract from his SSCE paper)

“Once we recognize the essential unity of all living beings, we will see that life can never be considered a commodity – it cannot be possessed, competed for, or purchased… The whole web of life is valued and loved by God, not merely a single strand of it. It must, therefore, also be valued and loved by us.”
~The Revd Dr Trystan Owain Hughes

“Have no fear, on account of your exalted removal from violence – not only from human violence, but also from the violence of any creature, anything living. Your moral weakness, your terrible decline, will be transformed, as promised, into the fine and lofty moral fitness which was your original condition.” ~Rav Avraham Yitzhak Hacohen Kook, “A Vision of Vegetarianism and Peace” (page 13)

 

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