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The ‘enlightened’, beneath the sacred Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya.

Great quotes by great people (on compassionate & conscious living)

  • My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am  – George-Bernard-Shaw
  • If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man’- Mark Twain
  • Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies- Mark Twain
  • Truely 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.  ~Leonardo da Vinci
  • If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian~ Paul McCartney
  • Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.  ~Albert Einstein
  • Would you kill your pet dog or cat to eat it?  How about an animal you’re not emotionally attached to?  Is the thought of slaughtering a cow or chicken or pig with your own hands too much to handle?  Instead, would hiring a hit-man to do the job give you enough distance from the emotional discomfort?  What animal did you put a contract out on for your supper last night?  Did you at least make sure that none went to waste and to take a moment to be grateful for its sacrifice?  ~William Shakespeare
  • How can you eat anything with eyes?  ~Will Kellogg
  • Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.  ~George Bernard Shaw
  • Recognize meat for what it really is:  the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.  ~Ingrid Newkirk
  • We all love animals.  Why do we call some “pets” and others “dinner?”  ~k.d. Lang
  • I won’t eat anything that has intelligent life, but I’d gladly eat a network executive or a politician.  ~Marty Feldman
  • A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from dead, rotten meat.  ~George Bernard Shaw
  • While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?  ~George Bernard Shaw
  • “Thou shalt not kill” does not apply to murder of one’s own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai.  ~Leo Tolstoy
  • Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh?  For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived.  How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb?  How could his nose endure the stench?  How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?  ~Plutarch
  • To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.  I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.  ~Mahatma Gandhi
  • 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, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other….  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
  • As long as human society continues to allow animals to be regularly killed in slaughterhouses, there cannot be any question of peace and prosperity- Issac Newton
  • Refrain from killing knowingly even the trifling insects like a louse, a bug or a mosquito. Use no violence even to gain possession of  wealth or kingdom. Never kill any animals even for the purpose of sacrifice. Non-violence is the greatest of all religions- Mahavir
  • My situation is a solemn one.  Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks.  But death is better than cannibalism.  My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures.  ~George Bernard Shaw
  • Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops or crawls.  God knows that I’ve crawled on occasion, and I’m glad that no one ate me.  ~Alex Poulos
  • I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.  ~Isaac Newton
  • We don’t need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.  ~James Cromwell
  • Heart attacks… God’s revenge for eating his little animal friends – Albert Einstein
  • Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn!  You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak!  Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.  ~George Bernard Shaw
  • Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.  ~Samuel Butler
  • 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 the most expensive new car.  ~Harvey Diamond
  • The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way in which its animals are treated– Mahatma Gandhi
  • What Indian Scriptures tell about the meat eaters (or the mansaharis), it has been described in the following passage from the Mansahara Parihasajalpita Stotram: “Those who eat the flesh of other creatures are nothing less than gristle-grinders, blood-drinkers, muscle-munchers, sinew-chewers, carcass-crunchers, flesh-feeders-those who make their throat a garbage pit and their stomach a graveyard-mean, angry, loathsomely jealous, confused and beset by covetousness, who without restraint would lie, deceive, kill or steal to solve immediate problems. They are flesh-feeders, loathsome to the Gods, but friendly to the asuras, who become their Gods and Goddesses, the blood-sucking monsters who inhabit Naraka and deceptively have it decorated to look like the pitriloka, the world of the fathers. To such beings the deluded meat-eaters pay homage and prostrate while munching the succulent flesh off bones.”

  • The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.  ~Michael Klaper
  • My perspective of veganism was most affected by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dairying, and that in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what I had thought was an innocuous white liquid – milk.  ~Rynn Berry, quoted in Joanne Stepaniak, The Vegan Sourcebook, 1998
  • There is no substitute for mother’s milk.  ~Martin H. Fischer

Useful Links (Enlightenment Guaranteed!)

Below are some really useful, super informative links that you might want to go through.
When free (not necessarily), browse through them, for its all about compassionate living & minimizing your carbon footprints on our planet. There are also E-petitions that you can sign (like ‘no plastic’, ‘save coral reefs’, ‘protect rain forests’ etc). Its a very constructive way to spend our spare time, knowing you have done your bit to save the planet. Because I feel compassion is never limited for humans alone, for its ‘their’ planet too… You might be shocked to know that every second, 1.5 acres of rain forests are destroyed forever.  Act now!

Take action online and do your bit, today !!


need more inspiration? check out this list of famous compassionate people~

Famous Vegetarians:
Dr. Abdul Kalam Dr., President of India and Space Scientist
AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON/Hare Krishna
Adam Ant, musician
Adam Carson, drummer of AFI
Adam Russell, bassist of Story of the Year, vegan
Adam Yauch, musician of Beastie Boys, vegan
Adam Young, singer from Owl City
Adriana Karembeu, model
Adriano Celentano, singer
Ahmet Zappa, musician and actor
Alan Cumming, Actor, director, entertainer
Alan Donohue, singer of British rock band The Rakes, vegan
Alan Ford, actor, British
Alan Park, comedian, Canadian TV Personality, vegan
Alanis Morissette, singer, vegan
Albert Einstein, renowned scientist
Albert Schweitzer, theologian, philosopher, and physician
Alexandra Paul, actress and environmental activist
Alex Greenwald, actor, musician, vegan
Alicia Silverstone, actress, vegan
Alison Lohman, actress
Alkaline Trio, Punk bank
Allen Ginsberg, poet
Ally Sheedy, actress
Alyssa Milano, actress, vegan
Amber Benson, actress
Amber Valetta, model and actress
Amitabh Bachchan, Indian celebrity superstar
Amy Ray, musician from Indigo Girls
Andre Tonelli, musician and instrumental guitarist, vegan
Andre 3000 Benjamin, musician from OutKast, vegan
Andre Moraweck, singer, vegan
Andrew G, actor, vegan
Andrew (Whitey) White, musician and guitarist of Kaiser Chiefs
Andy Dick, comedian and actor
Andy Hurley, musician and drummer of Fall Out Boy, vegan
Andy Serkis, actor
Angela Bassett, actress
Angelica Segerbäck, singer
Angie Everhart, model and actress
Anna Paquin, actress and Oscar winner of The Piano
Anna Nicole Smith, actress, model
Annalise Braakensiek, model
Anne Hathaway, actress
Anoushka Shankar, musician and sitar virtuoso, vegan
Antoni Gaudí, architect
Anthony Grayling, writer and columnist
Anthony Kiedis, singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, vegan
Anthony Peeler, NBA Player
Anthony Perkins, actor
Anthony Rapp, actor, vegan
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, actor (fictional) of Simpsons, vegan
Ariana Huffington, writer and polictical activist
Aristotle, Greek philosopher
Ashley Judd, actress
Avril Lavigne, singer and musician
Axella Johannesson, folk musician
B.B. King, musician
Barbara Bouchet, actress
Barry White, musician, vegan
Beatrice Wood, artist
Belinda Carlisle, singer of the Go-Go’s
Benjamin Spock, M.D., pediatrician, vegan
Benjamin Zephaniah, performance poet and author, vegan
Benji Madden, musician and guitarist of Good Charlotte
Berkeley Breathed, cartoonist
Bernadette Peters, actress
Bif Naked, punk rocker, vegan
Bill Kaulitz, musician
Bill Pearl, bodybuilder
Bill Walton, NBA All-Star basketball player
Billie Jean King, tennis player
Billie Joe Armstrong, musician and singer of Greenday
Billy Idol, musician
Billy Martin, rock musician of Good Charlotte
Billy West, voice actor, vegan
Bob Barker, US TV show host
Bobby Rock, musician and drummer
Bobcat Goldthwait, comedian actor
Bonnie Raitt, musician and singer
Boy George, singer
Brad Pitt, actor
Brandon Barnes, musician of Rise Against
Brandon Boyd, musician of rock band Incubus
Brandy, R&B artist and singer
Brendon Urie, lead singer of Panic! at the Disco
Brian Bell, musician of Weezer, vegan
Brian Fair, singer of Shadows Fall
Brian Greene, theoretical physicist, vegan
Brian May, musician ex-Queen
Brigitte Bardot, French actress
Brooke Shields, actress
Bryan Adams, singer and songwriter, vegan
Bryan Money, Musician, vegan
Bryce Dallas Howard, actress
Buddha, Indian Saint and Spiritual Master
Candice Bergen, actress
Captain Sensible, musician of The Damned
Carmen Garcia, model
Carmen Miranda, Brazilian bombshell
Carole Bouquet, French actress
Carrie Underwood, country singer
Carrie Anne Moss, actress in Matrix trilogy, vegan
Casey Affleck, actor, vegan
Casey Kasem, US radio host, vegan
Catherine Spaak, actress
Cathy Guisewaite, writer of the comic CATHY
Cedric Bixler-Zavala, singer of The Mars Volta, vegan
Cesar Chavez, United Farm Workers union organizer
Chantal Coutier, makeup artist
Charles Darwin, renowned scientist
Charlie Heather, musician and drummer of Levellers
Charlie Watts, musician and drummer of Rolling Stones
Charlotte Bronte, novelist
Charlotte Laws, author, actress
Charlotte Ross, actress
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton
Chia Collins, founder and COO of Lightlife Foods vegetarian products
Chris Evans, actor from Cellular and Fantastic Four
Chris Evert, American tennis legend
Chris Head, musician and guitarist of Anti-Flag
Chris Martin, lead singer and musician of Coldplay
Chris No2, musician and bassist of Anti-Flag
Chris Pontius, actor on MTV
Chris Walla, guitarist of Death Cab for Cutie
Chrissie Hynde, rock singer, vegan
Christian Bale, actor
Christian Serratos, actress
Christie Brinkley, model
Christina Applegate, actress
Christopher Amott, musician of Arch Enemy
Christopher Hills Dr., doctor who popularized microalgaes
Christopher Ingle, Singer, Musician, vegan
Christy Turlington, supermodel
Cicely Tyson, actress
Cillian Murphy, Irish actor
Cindy Jackson, cosmetic surgery pioneer and author
Claudia Cardinale, Italian film star
Claudia Schiffer, supermodel
Clint Walker, actor
Colin Morgan, actor
Coretta Scott King, activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., vegan
Coral Smith, MTV personality, vegan
Corey Feldman, actor
Crispian Mills, rock musician
Daphne Willis, musician, vegan
Dalip Singh Rana, aka “Great Khali”, professional Indian wrestler
Daman Albarn, singer for Blur
Dan Piraro, cartoonist, vegan
Dana Daurey, actress
Daniel Johns, musician of Silverchair, vegan
Daniel Kessler, musician and guitarist of Interpol
Daniel Negreanu, professional poker player, vegan
Daniela Sea, musician and actor, vegan
Danny Garcia, professional skateboarder
Danny Nova, singer and songwriter, vegan
Darren Boyd, actor, vegan
Dario Argento, writer, vegan
Daryl Hannah, actress and environmental activist, vegan
Dave Gorman, Comedian
Davey Havok, singer of AFI, vegan
David Johansenn, singer
Dean Ornish MD, doctor and author of The Life Choice Diet
Deepak Chopra, author and doctor
Dennis Kucinich, politician, vegan
Dennis Weaver, TV actor
Devin Townsend, Musician, guitarist, producer
Diane Keaton, actress
Diane Warren, songwriter
Dick Gregory, comedian and civil rights activist
Dick Lucas, musician of Subhumans
Diogenes, Greek philosopher
Dirk Bach, German actor and comedian
Dizzie Gillespie, famed jazz musician
Doctah B Sirius, music producer and natural health researcher
Doris Day, actress
Dustin Hoffman, actor
Dyan Canyon, actress
Ed Asner, actor and rights activist
Ed Begley Jr., actor and environmental activist, vegan
Ed Templeton, professional skateboarder, vegan
Eddie Jackson, musician of Queensryche
Eddie Lama, film maker
Eddie Vedder, singer and songwriter of Pearl Jam
Edward Furlong, actor
Edwin Moses, athlete
Elizabeth Berkley, actress
Ellen Degeneres, TV personality, vegan
Ellen White, American Christian pioneer, founder of Seventh-day Adventist church
Elvira Mistress of the Dark, actress
Emily Deschanel, actress, vegan
Emilie Autumn, musician, vegan
Emily Dickinson, writer and poet
Emmylou Harris, singer
Epicurus, Greek philosopher
Eric Johnson, guitarist
Eric Roberts, actor, vegan
Eric Stoltz, actor
Erykah Badu, R&B singer, vegan
Fat Mike, musician from NOFX
Fiona Apple, singer and songwriter, vegan
Fiona Oakes, athlete, ex-Olympian, vegan
Forest Whitaker, actor
Forrest Kline, vocalist and guitarist for Hellogoodbye, vegan
Francis Lalanne, French singer
Frank Iero, musician of My Chemical Romance
Frank Marino, entertainer and drag queen
Franz Kafka, Jewish writer
Fred Mascherino, musician of Taking Back Sunday, vegan
Fred Schneider, musician of B-52’s
Gabe Saporta, singer and lyricist of Cobra Starship, vegan
Gabrielle Miller, actress, vegan
Gandhi, Hindu spiritual leader
Gavin Rossdale, singer of BUSH
Geoff Rickly, singer of Thursday
Geoffe Tate, singer of Queensryche
George Harrison, musician of the Beatles
George Bernard Shaw, writer
Georges Laraque, NHL player, vegan
Gianni Morandi, Italian musician
Gillian Anderson, actress
Gina Lee Nolin, actress
Ginnifer Goodwin, actress, vegan
Gloria Swanson, actress
Grace Slick, singer and songwriter, vegan
Grant Morrison, Scottish comic book writer
Greg Cipes, actor and musician, vegan
Greg German, actor
Gregory Smith, Child Prodigy
Gustave Flaubert, French novelist
H.G. Wells, English writer
Hannah Teter, athlete, Olympic snowboarder
Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer
Hayden Panettiere, actress
Hayley Mills, actress
Heather Mills, model, celebrity, and activist, vegan
Heather McAdams, author, cartoonist
Heather Small, singer, vegan
Helen and Scott Nearing, authors of The Good Life
Howard Lyman, former cattle rancher turned activist and author , vegan
Huey Freeman, fictional cartoon character, vegan
Hunter Burgan, musician and bassist of AFI, vegan
Ian MacKaye, musician, vegan
Ian McKellan, British actor from Lord of the Rings
Immanuel Kant, philosopher
India Arie, singer and songwriter
Ingrid Newkirk, animal rights activist, vegan
Ira Glass, NPR’s This American Life
Isa Chandra Moskowitz, punk rocker and vegan cookbook author , vegan
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize winner
Issa, musician from Good Clean Fun, vegan
Jack Johnson, singer
Jade Puget, guitarist of AFI
Jake Shields, mixed martial artist
James Cromwell, actor and animal rights advocate, vegan
Jamie Kennedy, comedian and actor
Jamie Lee Curtis, actress
Jane Goodall, primatologist, educator, and animal rights advocate
Jane Velez-Mitchell, TV News, vegan
Jane Wiedlin, musician of the Go-Go’s
Jared Leto, actor and singer of 30 Seconds to Mars
Jason Mraz, singer, vegan
Jay Kordich, aka the Juiceman raw foodist
JD Fortune, singer of INXS
JD Salinger, American novelist
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher
Jeff Beck, guitarist
Jenna Jameson, porn actress
Jenny Lewis, singer and composer for Rilo Kiley
Jenny McCarthy, actress, model, vegan
Jenny Seagrove, actress
Jeph Howard, musician and bassist for The Used
Jeremy Cunningham, musician and bassist of Levellers
Jesse Malin, rock musician
Jesus Christ, Christian saint and mystic
Jiddu Krishnamurti, spiritual teacher Eastern Indian
Joan Armatrading, singer
Jim James, singer
Joan Baez, American folk singer
Joan Jett, punk rock musician and singer, vegan
Joanne Rose, actor, vegan
Joaquin Phoenix, actor, vegan
Joe Principe, musician of Rise Against
Joel, musician of Good Charlotte
John Abraham, actor Bollywood
John Cleese, British actor and comedian of Monty Python
John Maxwell Coetzee, author/novelist
John Feldmann, musician of Goldfinger, vegan
John Lennon, Beatles singer and songwriter
John McDougall Dr., physician and author
John Melton, writer and politician
John Norris, MTV personality
John Peel, British DJ, vegan
John Robbins, activist and author, vegan
John Robb, musician and actor, vegan
John Tesh, TV personality/host
John Salley, NBA Champion, vegan
Johnny Marr, guitarist
Jon Anderson, musician of Yes
Jonathan Safran Foer, author
Jon Sevink, musician fiddle player of Levellers
Jonathan Richman, musician and singer, vegan
Jonathan Taylor Thomas, actor
Jónsi Birgisson, musician
Jorja Fox, actress, vegan
Joss Stone, British musician
Jovanotti (Lorenzo Cherubini), Italian singer/rapper
Julianna Margulies, actress
Julie Christie, English actress
Justin Sane, singer of Anti-Flag
Kal Penn, actor
K D Lang, singer, vegan
Kate Bush, singer and songwriter
Kate Winslet, actress
Kathy Johnson, gymnast
Kathy Kolla, Director, screenwriter, vegan
Kayla Laws, Actress, vegan
Keenan Ivory Wayans, actor and comedian
Kelly Clarkson, pop singer
Ken Bradshaw, Pro Surfer
Kenneth KB Charman, musician of Nonpoint
Kevin Eubanks, musician of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Kevin Nealon, comedian and actor, vegan
Killer Kowalski, professional wrestler
Kim Basinger, actress
Kirk Hammett, musician and guitarist of Metallica
Krist Novoselic, musician, bassist for Nirvana
Kirsten Johnson, actress
Kristen Bell, actress
KRS-One, musician Boogey Down Productions rapper
Kurt Halsey, artist, vegan
Kyle Vincent, singer and songwriter, vegan
Lady Bunny, entertainer and drag queen
Larry Hagman, actor
Larry Mullen Jr, musician of U2
LaToya Jackson, sister of Michael Jackson
Laura Nashman, musician
Laura Theodore, musician, tv personality
Lauren Bush, niece of George W. Bush
Lea Michele, Actress and Singer, vegan
Leilani Munter, female race car driver
Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer and philosopher
Leonard Cohen, singer and songwriter
Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian painter and inventor, vegan
Leona Lewis, British Popstar
Liam Wilson, musician, vegan
Linda Blair, actress, vegan
Linda Carter, actress known as Wonder Woman
Linda McCartney, cookbook author and wife of Paul McCartney
Lindsay Wagner, actress
Lisa Bonet, actress
Lisa Edelstein, actress, vegan
Lisa Simpson, fictional cartoon character
Liv Tyler, actress/model, vegan
Lord Byron, writer
Lori Petty, actress, vegan
Louisa May Alcott, American writer
Louise Burns, musician of Lillix
Luke Cummo, contender in UFC Ultimate Fighter, vegan
Lynda Stoner, actress, animal rights activist, vegan
Ma’ari Abul Ala’a al, Arabian poet
Mac Danzig, athlete, vegan
Marc Lavoine, French singer
Marcus Patrick, actor
Marcus Schankenberg, supermodel
Margi Coleman, singer and producer
Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Italian actress
Mariana Tosca, actress and activist, vegan
Marilu Henner, actress and author
Mark Millar, Scottish comic book writer
Mark Twain, renowned American writer
Martha Plimpton, actress
Martin Shaw, actor, vegan
Marty Feldman, actor and comedian
Marv Levy, football coach
Mary Shelley, novelist
Mary Tyler Moore, actress
Masami Akita, musician, vegan
Matthew Scully, conservative political speechwriter and author
Maurice Maeterlinck, writer
Melanie Griffith, actress
Melissa Etheridge, musician, singer and songwriter
Meredith Baxter, actress
Michael Amott, musician and guitarist of Arch Enemys
Michael Bolton, singer and songwriter
Michael Eisner, entertainment businessman and former Disney CEO
Michael Franks, jazz musician
Michael Franti, singer of Spearhead, vegan
Michael Jackson, singer and The King of Pop
Michael Guy Chislett, musician, of The Academy Is…
Michael “Mickey” Madden, bassist for Maroon 5, vegan
Michel Sardou, French singer
Michelle Forbes, actress
Mike Farrell, actor
Mike Gordon, musician and bass player of Phish
Mike Ness, musician, Social Distortion
Milo Ventimiglia, actor
Mireille Darc, French singer and actress
Missy Higgins, Australian singer and songwriter
Moby, musician and co-author, vegan
Montserrat Caballe, Spainsh opera singer
Morrissey, singer, vegan
Mr.(Fred) Rogers, TV personality/host and educator
Mr. Spock, fictional TV character of Star Trek
Naomi Watts, actress
Nastassja Kinski, actress
Natalie Merchant, songwriter and singer of 10000 Maniacs
Natalie Portman, actress
Nathalie Baye, French actress
Nellie McKay, actress, singer and songwriter, vegan
Nelly, rap musician
Nick Rhodes, musician of Duran Duran
Nico, model, actress
Nicole Lapin, Journalist, CNN Anchor, vegan
Nikola Tesla, physicist and inventor
Nina Hagen, German punk rock singer
Noah Wyle and his wife Tracy, actor
Nolwenn Leroy, French singer
Norman Walker, doctor and longest lived raw foodist
Ocean, Indie musician and singer, vegan
Oleg Cassini, designer
Oliver Stone, American film director
Oliver Sykes, Lead singer, vegan
Olivia Wilde, actress, vegan
Omar Epps, actor
Omar Hakim, singer, writer. and drummer
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, musician of The Mars Volta, vegan
Orlando Bloom, actor
Orlando Jones, actor
Ornella Muti, Italian actress
Owain Yeoman, actor
Pamela Anderson, actress
Pamelyn Ferdin, actress and voice in Charlotte’s Web, vegan
Paramahansa Yogananda, spiritual teacher and yogi from East India
Pat Neshek, professional baseball player, vegan
Pat Thetic, musician and drummer of Anti-Flag, vegan
Patrick Bauchau, actor
Patrick Flanagan, childhood genius and scientist
Patrick McDonnell, cartoonist and creator of Mutts
Paul McCartney, musician, singer and songwriter, Beatles guitarist
Pauly Shore, comedian and actor
Percy Bysshe Shelley, writer
Persia White, singer and actress, vegan
Peter Gabriel, singer and songwriter
Peter Max, artist
Peter Sellers, actor and comedian
Peter Singer, Philosopher and Writer
Petra Nemcova, model
Philip Collen, musician, guitarist of Def Leppard
Phil Lesh, musician and bass player of The Grateful Dead
Phil Ramone, record producer
Phylicia Rashad, actress
Pierce Brosnan, actor
Pink, American pop singer
PJ Harvey, musician, singer and songwriter
Plato, Greek philosopher and student of Socrates
Plutarch, Greek philosopher
Poly Styrene(Marion Elliot), musician of punk rock band X-ray Spex
Porphyry, Greek philosopher
Portia de Rossi, actress, vegan
Prince, musician, singer and songwriter
Prince Fielder, professional baseball player
Propagandhi Band, political punk rock band Ö all members, vegan
Pythagoras of Samos, Greek mathematician of Pythagorean Theorem
Quinn Allman, musician ot The Used, vegan
Rabindranath Tagore, Eastern Indian philosopher
Radha Mitchell, actress
Raffi, musician childrens tunes
Rainer Maria Rilke, writer
Raja Bell, NBA athelete
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and poet
Ramana Maharshi, Indian Saint and Spirtual Master
Richard Thompson, musician and songwriter
Richie Havens, musician
Rick Allen, musician, drummer of Def Leppard
Ricki Lake, TV personality and actress
Ricky Williams, professional football player
Rider Strong, actor
Rikki Rocket, musician and drummer of Poison, vegan
Ringo Starr, musician and drummer of Beatles
Rita Moreno, actress
River Phoenix, actor, vegan
Rivers Cuomo, singer of Weezer
Rob Bigwood, Pro Arm-wrestler, vegan
Rob Stuart, Documentarian
Rob Zombie, musician and film director
Robert Redford, actor and film producer
Robert Smith, lead singer of The Cure
Robin Gibb, musician of Bee Gees, vegan
Robin Quivers, radio personality, vegan
Rosa Parks, civil rights activist
Ru Paul, entertainer, drag queen, and activist
Ruben Studdard, American Idol singer, vegan
Russel Simmons, music producer and co-founder Def Records
Russell Brand, actor
Ryland Bouchard, musician, vegan
RZA, musician and producer of The Wu-Tang Clan
Sade Adu, singer
Sadie Frost, ex-wife of Jude Law (formerly vegetarian)
Saint Angela Merici Saint
Saint David, Christian Welsh Saint, vegan
Saint Francesco d’Assisi, Saint
Salim Stoudamire, vegan, athelete
Samantha Eggar, actress
Samuel L. Jackson, actor ;
Sandra Bernhardt, comedian and actress
Sandra Oh, actress
Sant Kirpal Singh Ji, Indian Saint and mystic
Sarahbeth Purcell, author
Sarah Connor, fictional character from Terminator film
Saul Williams, vegan, musician
Scott Adams, cartoonist and creator of ‘dilbert’
Scott Goldberg, filmmaker, vegan
Scott Jurek, athlete, vegan
Scott Westerfeld, author
Seal, singer and songwriter
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, actor
Sean Conant, actor, vegan
Sean Lennon, musician and son of Yoko and John Lennon
Seba Johnson, Olympian, actress, and writer, vegan
Sebastian Grund, musician, vegan
Serenity, actress and porn star
Serge Raynaud de la Ferriere, Dr., founder of Universal Great Brotherhood
Serj Tankian, musician of System of a Down
Shane MacGowan, singer of The Pogues
Shane Sweet, actor, vegan
Shane Told, musician of Silverstein, vegan
Shania Twain, Canadian country singer
Shannon Elizabeth, actress
Sinead O’Connor, Irish singer, vegan
Sir Isaac Newton, physicist
Sir Stafford Cripps, British statesman
Sky Valencia, model and founder of Vegan Vixens
Socrates, Greek philsopher
Sonya Fitzpatrick, aka the Pet Psychic
Sophie Monk, Australian singer and actress
Spice Williams-Crosby, actress and stunt performer
Spike Milligan, comedian
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spriritual leader
Stella McCartney, designer and daughter of Paul McCartney
Steve Bellamy, tennis coach and founder of The Tennis Channel
Steve Freund, Blues musician
Steve Howe, musician
Steve Kilbey, singer and lyricist of The Church, vegan
Steve Perry, musician
Steve Vai, musician
Steve-O, Stunt performer & tv personality, vegan
Steven Wilson, musician, musician of Dead Prez , vegan
Sue Coe, New York City artist
Summer Phoenix, actress, vegan
Superman/Clark Kent, fictional superhero
Supreme Master Ching Hai, Spiritual leader, vegan
Susan St. James, actress
Susan B. Anthony, women’s suffrage pinoeer
Suzanne Vega, singer and songwriter
Sydne Rome, actress
Taran Noah Smith, actor
Ted Leo, musician, vegan
Terry Geezer Butler, musician of Ozzy Osbourne Band, vegan
The Roots, all veg band
Thom Yorke, singer of Radiohead, vegan
Thomas Alva Edison, renowned inventor
Thomas Dekker, actor, vegan
Thora Birch, actress
Tim Butler, musician of Psychedelic Furs
Tim Commerford, musician of Rage Against the Machine, vegan
Tim McIlrath, musician of Rise Against, vegan
Tobey Maguire, actor, vegan
Todd Oldham, American fashion designer
Tom Delonge, musician, Blink 182
Tom Gabel, singer, Against Me!, vegan
Tom Kaulitz, musician
Tom Lenk, TV actor of buffy vampire slayer villian
Tom Morello, activist and guitarist of Rage Against The Machine
Tom Scholz, musician and guitarist for Boston
Tommy Lee, musician of Mötley Crüe
Tony LaRussa, baseball
Tony Levin, musician
Tracy Chapman, singer and songwriter
Travis Barker, muscian and drummer of Blink 182
Tyrone Willingham, football coach of Notre Dame
Uri Geller, actor and trick performer
Valerie Harper, actress
Valerie Kaprisky, actress
Vanessa Lengies, actress, vegan
Vanessa A. Williams, actress and dancer, vegan
Vanna White, actress and TV personality
Victoria Moran, author, vegan
Ville Valo, singer
Vincent van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist artist
Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion
Voltaire, French writer and philosopher
Wayne Static, singer of the metal group Static-X
Weird Al Yankovic, comedian and musician, vegan
Wendy Malick, actress of Just Shoot Me
Wendy O’Williams, singer of Plasmatics
Wendy Turner, artist
William Blake, writer
William Clay Ford Jr., CEO of Ford Motor company
Wolfgang Peterson, director
Woody Harrelson, actor and environmental activist, vegan
Yasmin Le Bon, supermodel
Yoko Ono, artist and wife of Beatles John Lennon
Zach Blair, musician of Rise Against
Zearle, hip hop artist and poet
Peta’s list:
Alicia Silverstone
Amber Benson
Angela Bassett
Brigitte Bardot
Chrissie Hynde
Elizabeth Berkley
Emmylou Harris
Gwyneth Paltrow
India.Arie (musician)
Kim Basinger
Lauren Bush
Liv Tyler
Pamela Anderson
Persia White
Rachael Leigh Cook
Sadie Frost
Shania Twain
Shiri Appleby
Stella McCartney
Thora Birch
Traci Bingham
Zeenat Aman
Aditi Govitrikar
Amala Akkineni
Amrita Rao
Archana Puran Singh
Avanti Birla
Hema Malini
Juhi Chawla
Mahima Choudhary
Mandira Bedi
Manpreet Brar
Priya Gill
Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar
Ruby Bhatia
Shonali Nagrani
Simone Singh
Mallika Sherawat
Alec Baldwin
Anthony Peeler
Bill Ford (CEO of Ford Motor Company)
Bryan Adams
Casey Affleck
David Duchovny
Dre (OutKast)
Dustin Hoffman
Ian McKellen
James Cromwell
John Salley
Kamal Sadanah
Ketan Desai
Kevin Eubanks
Lenny Kravitz
Michael Eisner (Disney CEO)
Milo Ventimiglia
Mos Def
Orlando Bloom
Richard Gere
Rider Strong
Steve Jobs (Apple Computers founder and CEO)
Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
Tobey Maguire
Todd Oldham
Abdul Kalam
Amar Deb
Amitabh Bachchan
Anil Ambani
Anil Kumble
Dev Anand
Feroze Varun Gandhi
Harsha Bhogle
Hemant Trivedi
Jatin Kampani
Luke Kenny
Mahesh Bhatt
Rajneesh Duggal
R Madhavan
Shahid Kapoor
Yash Birla
Adnan Sami
S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
Rahul Dev
Pankaj Kapoor
Sooraj Barjatya
Gautham Buddha
King Ashoka

…and many others, look up on the internet to find many others!



May 23rd

Where were you when the great whales were crying out for mercy and the fish were disappearing from our poisoned rivers and stream? did you write one letter? did you sing one song? or did you just sit there telling yourself that your letter would not be read or your song would not be heard? Where were you when the Earth began to die?… -Robert A Brewer

Today is ‘World Turtle Day’, lets hope & pray the conservation efforts are a grand success & that we may not have any more days dedicated to our lovely ‘soon-to-disappear’ species…


The greatness & the moral progress of a nation can be judged by the way it's animals are treated.

The greatness & the moral progress of a nation can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated.


20 Responses to “Bodh Gaya online”

  1. My Wiz Mind's Wit September 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Meaningful quotes…by great persons…nice post 🙂

    • Teju September 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

      Thanks Anurag, I’m glad you liked them! thanks for stopping by & hope to see you around more often! 🙂

  2. Photographs by Peter Knight September 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I really love this section of your blog Teju! You have complied a brilliant list of quotes, the wisdom of which is hard to ignore. I am actually a semi-vegetarian (if such a thing exists) in that I do eat fish and eggs but not red meat for quite a while and more recently not white either. I have to confess that having been bought up eating anything (I shudder to think of some of the things I was fed as a child) it was difficult to finally become vegetarian (well, semi-vegetarian)
    I wish that my parents could have seen this list and I had been able to have the benefit of it earlier in my life.
    I think the problem here in the UK and in many places is that when you go into a supermarket and buy meat, its packaged up in such a way that it no longer looks like what it actually is, a dead animal. I saw a very interesting tv documentary here recently that took a group of teenagers to a slaughter house and showed them the entire process from start to finish. All but one of them were very upset by what they saw. I have to admit it was very uncomfortable viewing. Bear in mind also that this was in the UK where there are extremely tight controls and regulations in place. Even vets and animal welfare agencies make random visits to check that these are being maintained. It must be worse in many counties that do not have these measures in place!
    Anyway, I must make sure I memorise one or two of these quotes for the next time somebody can’t understand why I eat only veggeburgers!!

    • Teju September 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      I consider that the purpose of this page has been served, even if it has kick started the whole thinking process in anyone who reads it. If it was able to at least make them stop and think and introspect- if it’s really needed to kill an animal only & only to satisfy one’s taste buds, when we can easily live & thrive on a total vegetarian diet. I’d be elated, if someone decides to give up eating animals and birds altogether!
      But, like you rightly said, we are all made to believe that there’s nothing unethical about eating meat, because they are all (meat) so nicely dressed & packed in the supermarkets, we don’t even realize what happened to the animal, the excruciating & unimaginable pain it had to go through before it landed there or on our plates. They all cried, defecated out of fear on seeing others of their own kind get slaughtered right before their eyes, plead to be spared. They were dragged to the abattoir! But, no one ever gets to know these, unless he/she really cares to find out. They call the dead meat differently- like veal for example. Why not call it a new born calf’s flesh instead? These are terms invented by ‘man’ to cover up the guilt. We have all been bought up in way we don’t even realise what we are contributing to. Meat is made to look like just any other vegetable, say a cauliflower or something. I know of many, who after watching the horrendous video of animal slaughter gave up on meat altogether while some even gave up dairy products & turned vegans too. There are others, who want to run away from the truth. They don’t even want to watch the video of these cruelties, in the fear that they might feel guilty for what they are adding to. i can write about these issues eternally! Anyways, enlightenment is something that comes from within… I’m glad to know that you’ve turned ‘semi-vegetarian’ which is still many many times better than a non-vegetarian 🙂 please do spread the message…

  3. jennybourne September 26, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Great quotes! Very inspiring 🙂

    • Teju September 26, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks Jenny, I’m glad you like them & found them inspiring 🙂 looking forward to seeing you around more often!

      • jennybourne September 27, 2012 at 5:50 am #

        You are welcome! Glad to connect 🙂

  4. sapphicscientist October 4, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Some great and poignant quotes.

    • Teju October 4, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks, I’m really glad that you liked them.

  5. Anant Awasthi October 4, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    superb presentation of quotes from my dearest blogging friend…………………

    • Teju October 4, 2012 at 9:52 am #

      hey dear pal, thanks, it really means a lot to me, esp. when someone loves this page. I’m really happy that you liked them! 🙂

  6. travelgardeneat November 19, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Teju, some beautiful and thought-provoking quotes you have compiled. As you have gathered from my blog, I am not a vegetarian, but we have increasingly tried to become more aware and sensitive as to the sources of our food, and seek out humanely raised and sustainably grown/harvested animals. I appreciate the respectful dialogue you encourage, and tolerance toward other views. ~ Kat

    • Teju November 19, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Thank you dear Kat, I’m really glad that you liked this page.

  7. Tassem July 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    You clearly spent a lot of time on this. Excellent compilation. Thanks!!

    • Teju July 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Thank you, friend! 🙂

  8. Yash November 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Feels good to see a mention of one’s hometown while stumbling across random blogs. 😀 Great post.

    • Teju November 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

      Thank you, dear Yash. Glad to know that we hail from the same place! 🙂

      • Yash November 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

        Yeah it’s good to know that the world is indeed small!

      • Teju November 29, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

        You bet!

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