Don’t Just Take My Word For It

Some of the best and brightest are vegetarians.  Check out this A-list of famous vegetarians.

Writers, Artists, Poets, and Philosophers

Albert Einstein – “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

Leonardo daVinci– “Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”

Benjamin Franklin – “My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of the head and quicker comprehension.”
“Flesh-eating is an unprovoked murder.”

The Dali Lama– “People think of animals as if they were vegetables, and that is not right. We have to change the way people think about animals. I encourage the Tibetan people and all people to move toward a vegetarian diet that doesn’t cause suffering.”

Thomas Edison – “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.”

Abraham Lincoln – “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”

Mohandas Gandhi – “I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.”
“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. We err in copying the lower animal world – if we are superior to it.”

Buddha – “To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.”

Henry David Thoreau – “I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.”

Leo Tolstoy – “Flesh-eating is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to moral feeling–killing.”

Confucius – “Anyone who has ever heard the scream of an animal being killed could never again eat its flesh.”

Pythagoras – “As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lowering living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

H.G. Wells, in A Modern Utopia“In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be. But now we cannot stand the thought of slaughterhouses. And, in a population that is all educated, and at about the same level of physical refinement, it is practically impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig… I can still remember as a boy the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughterhouse.”

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

St. Francis of Assisi – “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.”

Vincent Van Gogh – “Since visiting the abbatoirs [slaughterhouses] of South France, I have stopped eating meat.”

Dr. Benjamin Spock, pediatrician and author – After having his own health problems and then going meat free, he updated the seventh edition of his famous Baby and Child Care book to recommend avoiding meat and dairy for babies.


Peter Burwash, champion tennis player – “I’m no shrinking violet. I played hockey until half my teeth were knocked down my throat. And I’m extremely competitive on a tennis court. But that experience at the slaughterhouse overwhelmed me. I knew the physiological, economic, and ecological arguments supporting vegetarianism, but it was firsthand experience of man’s cruelty to animals that laid the real groundwork for my commitment to vegetarianism.”

Joe Namath, football quarterback – “I have been a vegetarian for a few years. Fred Dryer of the Rams has been one for ten years. It shows you don’t need meat to play football.”

Carl Lewis, Olympic track star

Tony Gonzalez, football tight end

Hank Aaron, baseball player

Bill Pearl, bodybuilder and four-time Mr. Universe winner

Martina Navratilova, champion tennis player

Tony La Russa, baseball manager and former MLB player

Robert Parish, basketball center

Prince Fielder, baseball first-baseman

Dave Scott, record holder for most Iron Man World Championship victories ever – Iron Man= 2.4 mile swim + 112 mile bike ride + 26.2 mile marathon run.  Considered one of the most strenuous physical feats in the world.

Billie Jean King, champion tennis player

Peter Brock, race car driver -“I desired the feeling of being healthy so that I could get the best out of my body.”
“I always promote respect for all of creation.”

Ricky Williams, football running back

Scott Jurek, Ultramarathon runner – 50-100 mile run


There are so many that it’s impossible to list them all.  Here are a few quotes and a very long list of names.

Paul McCartney – “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”

John Denver – “Many things made me become a vegetarian, among them, the higher food yield as a solution to world hunger.”

James Cromwell – “If any kid ever realized what was involved in factory farming they would never touch meat again. I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun, and personalities of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian.”

Alec Baldwin – “Every time we sit down to eat, we make a choice: Please choose vegetarianism. Do it for animals. Do it for the environment and do it for your health.”

Richard Gere – “As custodians of the planet, it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness. People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It’s ludicrous. It’s not as bad as mass animal death in a factory.”

Bob Barker – “I became a vegetarian about 25 years ago, and I did it out of concern for animals. But I immediately began having more energy and feeling better.”

Woody Harrelson – “Yeah, milk does a body good – if you are a calf”.

Brad Pitt
Michael Jackson
Alicia Silverstone
Joaquim Phoenix
Pamela Anderson
Bob Dylan
Steve Martin
Micheal J. Fox
The Roots– The whole group, including: Black Thought (MC), Questlove (drums), Kamal (keyboard), F Knuckles (percussion), and Captain Kirk (guitar).
 Andre 3000
Jennie Garth
Liv Tyler
Billy Idol
Jerry Seinfeld
 Dustin Hoffman
 David Duchovny
 Natalie Portman
William Shatner
Lenny Kravitz
River Phoenix
Olivia Newton John
Christy Turlington
Vanessa Williams
Kim Basinger
Orlando Bloom
Meatloaf – isn’t it ironic?!
Shania Twain
The Beatles The whole group, including: John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, Ringo Starr & Barbara Bach, George Harrison
Princess Diana
Steve Jobs
Henry Ford
Chelsea Clinton
Ziggy Marley
Sarah McLachlan
Eddie Vedder
Phil Collen & Rick Savage of Def Leppard
Tobey Maguire
Michael Bolton
Mary Tyler Moore
Reese Witherspoon
Bryan Adams
Weird Al Yankovic
Keenan Ivory Wayans
Betty White & Rue McClanahan of The Golden Girls
Matt Groening & Lisa Simpson
RZA, Raekwon, Ghostface of Wu Tang Clan
Russell Simmons
Demi Moore
Jeff Giuliano, The original Ronald McDonald


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