— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 a.C.
— Brigitte Bardot French model, actor, singer and animal rights activist 1934
„If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil. He cannot stop at the beast. The most savage of men are not beasts; they are worse, a great deal worse.“
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
30 August 1833.
„If you once admit that all that is most wonderful in the actions of beasts, may be done by means of a material soul; will you not soon grant what follows, and say, that all that passes in man may be also done by a material soul? … If you once grant that beasts, without any spiritual soul, are capable of thinking, of acting for an end, of foreseeing things to come, of remembering what is past, of acquiring experience by the particular reflection they make upon it; why will you not grant that men are capable of exercising their functions without any spiritual soul?“
— Ignace-Gaston Pardies French physicist 1636 - 1673
On the Cognition of Beasts (De la connoissance des bestes, 1672); quoted in Pierre Bayle, Historical and Critical Dictionary (1697), London, 1737, vol. 4, ch. Rorarius, p. 907 https://books.google.it/books?id=JmtXAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA907.
„Religion, which should most distinguish us from the beasts, and ought most particularly elevate us, as rational creatures, above brutes, is that wherein men often appear most irrational, and more senseless than beasts.“
— John Locke English philosopher and physician 1632 - 1704
Book IV, Ch. 18
„Foolish love makes beasts of men:
It once caused Solomon to worship idols,
And Samson to lose his eyes.
That man is lucky who has nothing.“
— Francois Villon Mediæval French poet 1431 - 1463
Line 629; "Double Ballade".
— Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363
As quoted by Ammianus Marcellinus, as translated in Barbarians: An Alternative Roman History (2006) by Terry Jones, p. 205 <!-- BBC Books, Reprint: Ebury Publishing (2007) -->
„!--57. -->Strength of body is nobility in beasts of burden, strength of character is nobility in men.“
— Democritus Ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Leucippus, founder of the atomic theory 460
„But with the passing of time, a peasant became a tribal and from tribal a beast. William Finch, writing at Agra about 1610 C. E., describes how Jahangir and his nobles treated them - during Shikar. A favourite form of sport in Mughal India was the Kamargha, which consisted in enclosing a tract of country by a line of guards, and then gradually contracting the enclosure until a large quantity of game was encircled in a space of convenient size. “Whatever is taken in this enclosure” (Kamargha or human circle), writes Finch, “is called the king’s shikar or game, whether men or beasts… The beasts taken, if man’s meat, are sold… if men they remain the King’s slaves, which he sends yearly to Kabul to barter for horses and dogs: these being poor, miserable, thievish people, that live in woods and deserts, little differing from beasts.”89 W. H. Moreland adds: “Other writer (also) tell it besides Finch.”“
— Jahangir 4th Mughal Emperor 1569 - 1627
Finch, William, quoted from Lal, K. S. (1992). The legacy of Muslim rule in India. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan. Chapter 7
„Because reason... is the only thing that makes us men, and distinguishes us from the beasts, I would prefer to believe that it exists, in its entirety, in each of us...“
— René Descartes French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist 1596 - 1650
— Edmund Spenser English poet 1552 - 1599
Canto 12, stanza 37
„Such things had occasionally been said by some political enthusiast in the olden time, but, for the first time in the history of the world, the representatives of a nation, the representatives of a real, living, breathing, hoping people, declared that all men are created equal. With one blow, with one stroke of the pen, they struck down all the cruel, heartless barriers that aristocracy, that priestcraft, that king-craft had raised between man and man. They struck down with one immortal blow that infamous spirit of caste that makes a God almost a beast, and a beast almost a god. With one word, with one blow, they wiped away and utterly destroyed, all that had been done by centuries of war — centuries of hypocrisy — centuries of injustice.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980
Act 11, sc. 2
„I am not meet for petty men, slack their spirit:
They know not, they, what day the Chief was made,
what hour of the fine day was born the owner,
what a beast they keep with its silver head.
When we went with Arthur, a sorry strife,
Save for seven none came up from Fort Hoar-side.“
— Taliesin Welsh bard 518 - 599