What better way to generate some existential thoughts then with some good old fashioned quotes. Yes, quotes –  The internet loves them; from the walls of Tumblr unto the walls of our homes, they are plastered everywhere.

‘Be you, everyone else is taken.’

‘Live, love, laugh.’

‘Life isn’t easy for those who dream’

Seriously though, we have all heard them; come up with something original for once?!

Want some actual enlightenment? Well here are 10 words of wisdom taken from philosophers which you can to ponder over.

Forget Tumblr! 10 Words of Wisdom – As Told by Philosophers!


 

1. “Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.” – George Bernard Shaw.

 

2.“By killing, man suppresses in himself unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity, that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself, and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel” – Leo Tolstoy.

3. “The question is not can they reason, nor can they talk, but can they suffer?” – Jeremy Bentham.

 

4. “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 A. Edison.

 

5. “The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds” ― Plato.

6. “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ― Albert Schweitzer.

 

7. “I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes. After all, man can live without meat. It is only some carnivorous animals that have to subsist on flesh. Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides and furs is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality” ― The Dalai Lama.

 

8. “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” ― Leonardo da Vinci.

9. “Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.” – Hippocrates.

10. “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.” – Charles Darwin.