107 Inspirational & Powerful Vegan Quotes

Sometimes we need quotes to inspire or transform our lives. They often provide a mantra or a different way of looking at things.

Below I’ve gathered over 100 powerful and transformational vegan quotes from celebrities, and famous vegan quotes to help inspire you on your plant-based vegan journey.

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“Animals are not products. Life doesn’t have a price.” -Anonymous

“Compassion is the best side effect of being vegan.” -Anonymous

“World Peace begins in the kitchen.” -Anonymous

“If you can’t stand watching it be produced, you shouldn’t be eating it.” -Anonymous

anonymous vegan quote about not eating what you won't watch be produced

“When you truly understand that your food choices are powerful and life-affirming, you can exercise control and restraint without deprivation.” -Marlene Adlemann

“When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, ‘Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.'” -Cassey Afleck

“There is no greater wrecking ball to the planet than the industries that turn animals into food. No single choice that we make has a bigger or more positive impact.”  -David Agranoff 

“I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends – the fear, the terror, the pain – and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.” -Rai Aren

“Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure.” -Erykah Badu

“The sixteen hundred dairies in California’s Central Valley alone produce more waste than a city of twenty-one million people-that’s more than the populations of London, New York, and Chicago combined.” -Gene Baur 

“Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet” -Marc Bekoff 

“Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.” -Marc Bekoff 

“The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” -Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham vegan quote about can animals suffer

“It takes 12 pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to create a single pound of beef.” -Mayim Bialik 

“I don’t see why someone should lose their life just so you can have a snack.” -Russell Brand

“If your meals consistently revolve around corpses multiple times daily, you might become one sooner than you planned.” -Kris Carr 

“We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.” -Rachel Carson

“People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” -Pino Caruso

Pina Caruso vegan quote about ox growing strong while eating grass

“I’m a vegan. I don’t want to torture anything. I guess it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty of the world.” -Jessica Chastain

“Only when we have become non-violent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.” -Cesar Chavez

“The vegan lifestyle is a compassionate way to live that supports life, supports fairness and equality, and promotes freedom.” -Robert Cheeke 

“Veganism is a brilliant approach for elevating human consciousness and avoiding the energy of death and degeneration associated with killing animals for food, which enters us when we eat their flesh and blood.” -Gabriel Cousens M.D.

“If a kid ever realized what was involved in factory farming, they would never touch meat again.” -James Cromwell

“Be the voice of those who can’t say …’stop.’ Who can’t say ‘that hurts.’ Who can’t say ‘I’m so afraid to die.’ Be the voice of the animals!” -Miley Cyrus

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci vegan quote about body not being a tomb for other creatures

“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.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

“Nothing tastes as good as being Vegan feels” -Dawn

“There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.” -Charles Darwin

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” -Charles Darwin

“You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.” -Harvey Diamond

“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.” -Thomas Edison

“Most people would say they love animals, but the reality is, if you’re using animals for food, clothing, or entertainment, you’re only considering the lives of certain animals, typically those of cats and dogs.” -Melisser Elliott

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson vegan quote about complicity of slaughterhouse

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong in the world.” -Dr. Paul Farmer

“As I improved my diet, I started to learn to love myself, probably for the first time ever.” -Frank Ferrante

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” -Anatole France

“Veganism is not a ‘sacrifice.’ It is a joy.” -Gary L. Francione

“If you really care about animals, then stop trying to figure out how to exploit them ‘compassionately’. Just stop exploiting them.” -Gary Francione

“We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.” -Gary Francione

“Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable.” -Gary L Francione 

“Every time you drink a glass of milk or eat a piece of cheese, you harm a mother. Please go vegan.” -Gary L. Francione

“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 head and quicker comprehension. Flesh-eating is unprovoked murder.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t wait for a better world. Start now to create a world of harmony and peace. It is up to you, and it always has been. You may even find the solution at the end of your fork.” -Sharon Gannon

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi vegan quote about nations being judged by how they treat animals

“Violence begins with the fork.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“The best part of being a vegan is the purity and peace of mind one experiences and the strong connection I feel to the animal kingdom.” -Uri Gellar

“Wearing cosmetics that were tested on animals makes you ugly on the inside.” -Ricky Gervais

“For me, living fully awake means embracing all species with the same level of respect and kindness. Being a joyful vegan doesn’t take willpower – just a willingness to try new things and choose mercy over misery.” -Mark Hawthorne

“Becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and its species.” -Chris Hedges 

“There are no negatives to eating like this. I feel nothing but positive, mentally, and physically. I love it. I feel like it also has a kind of a domino effect on the rest of my life.” -Liam Hemsworth

“After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat.” -Liam Hemsworth

“Veganism is beneficial to the wellbeing of all.” -Lynda Mullaly Hunt

“We choose to eat meat and have therefore built slaughter houses for the animals and hospitals for us.” -Akbarali Jetha

“If one cares about the earth—if one respects nature—it is better to consume vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. If you care about the planet and wish to adopt an earth-friendly lifestyle, it is advisable to focus only secondarily on the car that you drive, or recycling, or turning off lights and turning down heat, and primarily on what you buy at the grocery store. What we eat has a much greater impact on the environment.” -Lisa Kemmerer 

“Vegetarian is better; vegan is the best — A cow says.” -Vinita Kinra

Vinita Kinra vegan quote about vegan is best a cow says

“People are the only animals that drink the milk of the mother of another species. All other animals stop drinking milk altogether after weaning. It is unnatural for a dog to nurse from a mother giraffe; it is just as unnatural for a human being to drink the milk of a cow.” -Michael Klaper

“We all love animals. Why do we call some ‘pets’ and others dinner?” -K.D. Lang

“No animals need to die in order for me to live. And that makes me feel good.”  -Howard Lyman

“Killing and eating animals is a betrayal of our own core humanity…killing an innocent goes against our nature.” -Evanna Lynch

“To face animal suffering is to face our responsibility in their suffering.” -JoAnne McArthur

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.” -Linda McCartney

“When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that’s why I can’t eat it. Simple as that.”  -Paul McCartney

“I’m a vegan. It makes me feel really good and bright.” -Lea Michelle

“Behind every beautiful fur coat, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story.”  -Mary Tyler Moore

“Cruelty to animals is an enormous injustice; so is expecting those on the lowest rung of the economic ladder to do the dangerous, soul-numbing work of slaughtering sentient beings on our behalf.” -Victoria Moran 

“Nobody can possibly be so hungry that they need to take a life in order to feel satisfied – they don’t after all, take a human life, so why take the life of an animal? Both are conscious beings with the same determination to survive. It is habit, and laziness and nothing else.” -Morrissey

“You either approve of violence or you don’t, and nothing on earth is more violent or extreme than the meat industry.” -Morrissey 

“One acre of land can produce either 20,000 pounds of potatoes or a measly 165 pounds of meat.” -Lindsay S. Nixon 

“If intelligence and capability are not criteria for the possession of rights, why would animals -who have the capacity to feel fear and pain- be excluded from our moral consideration?” -Jack Norris 

“Being a vegan just helps me build up my self-esteem. I feel good about it every time I eat a meal.” -Steve-O

“Do you know why most survivors of the Holocaust are vegan? It’s because they know what it’s like to be treated like an animal.” -Chuck Palahniuk 

“If the whole world went vegan, there would be less war. How you eat determines your mood and your outlook on life.” -Alexandra Paul

“Animal rights are not a gift we give to animals. They are a birthright we have taken from them.” -Ryan Phillips

“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” -Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix vegan quote about how it takes nothing to be kind to an animal

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” -Pythagoras

“Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.” -Natalie Portman

“If you think that being vegan is difficult, imagine being a factory farmed animal.” -Davegan Raza

“The horse and the cow, the rabbit and the cat, the deer and the hare, the pheasant and the lark, please us better as friends than as meat.” -Élisée Reclus

“Consider that animals, like us, have one life. It is their life, their only life, and as important to them as our own life is to us.” -Jill Robinson

“I am a vegan because I don’t want to support the cruel industry that goes on on farms every day.” -Zoe Rosenberg

“We strive for a world where every earthling has the right to live and grow. That’s why we don’t eat animals.” -Ruby Roth 

“Many people know that animals around the world are treated badly, yet they turn their minds away. To be vegan means to care deeply about how our choices help or harm animals, how we create peace or suffering in the world. Our choices are powerful. Vegan is love.” -Ruby Roth 

“How would we fare psychologically if the walls of slaughterhouses were made of glass?” -Tom Regan

“Once you come to terms with why you don’t eat cats, dogs, monkeys, and dolphins, you will begin to understand why I don’t eat cows, pigs, chickens, and lambs.” -Edward Sanchez

“To get mud off your hands, use soap and water. To get blood off your hands, go vegan.” -John Sakars

John Sakars vegan quote to get blood off your hands go vegan

“Veganism is not about how hard it is for you. It’s about every animal’s right not to be used as a slave.” -Randy Sandberg

“It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.” -Haile Selassie

“I choose not to make a graveyard of my body for the rotting corpses of dead animals.” -George Bernard Shaw

“A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Science that fails to embrace all living beings is far more dangerous than any virus!” -Steve Simmons

“We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet- for the sake of hamburgers” -Peter Singer

“Vegan is just pure love. Love for animals, love for the planet, and love for yourself.” -Mischa Temaul

“The health reasons are staggering! Do it also to take yourself out of the cycle of killing and abuse to living things. Show some compassion, and act on it.” -Ed Templeton

“Animals are not ingredients.” -Barbara Thompson

“We have plenty of good things to satisfy hunger without bringing corpses upon our table to compose our bill of fare.” -Ellen G. White

“We don’t live like our ancestors did, so why should we base our diet and ethics on how they may or may not have lived? Let’s evolve into a more peaceful, compassionate species and respect all life forms.” -Mango Wodzak

“Being vegan isn’t about restricting oneself in any way, it’s simply about ceasing to take things which clearly are not ours.” -Mango Wodzak

Mango Wodzak vegan quote about how being vegan isn't restrictive, it's about not taking things that aren't yours

“Most people just want to be left in peace to eat their bacon, not realizing that there is no peace behind bacon.” -Mango Wodzak 

“Invalid food choices lead to invalid people.” -Mango Wodzak

“Cows scream louder than carrots.” -Alan Watts

“No other animal on Earth has portrayed such a disregard for life than mankind.”  -Anthony Douglas Williams

“The problem is that humans have victimized animals to such a degree that they are not even considered victims. They are not even considered at all. They are nothing; they don’t count; they don’t matter. They are commodities like TV sets and cell phones. We have actually turned animals into inanimate objects – sandwiches and shoes.” -Gary Yourofsky

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Stephanie Mantilla

Plant-Based Diet & Vegan Lifestyle Expert

Stephanie is the founder of Plant Prosperous, a plant-based vegan living, and parenting blog. She has been eating a plant-based diet for over 24 years along with a B.S. in Biology & Environmental Science. She also has over 14 years of experience working in the environmental and conservation sectors. Stephanie is currently raising her son on a plant-based diet and hopes to help others who are wanting to do the same. You can read more about her here.

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