Some Quotes From Famous Individuals
Relating to Animal Rights
I am not young enough to know everything."
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)
"To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me."
- Charles William Stubbs
"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"The graveyards are full of indispensable men."
- Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970)
"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
- Will Durant
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Look deep into the eyes of any animal, and then for a moment, trade places, their life becomes as precious as yours and you become as vulnerable as them. Now smile if you believe all animals deserve our respect and our protection, for in a way, they are us, and we are them.
--Philip Ochoa, Board Member, ALL FOR ANIMALS
The thinking [person] must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another...
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.
-- Alice Walker
Whenever people say 'We mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add 'We must be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it.
-- Brigid Brophy
There can be no justification for causing suffering to animals simply to serve man's pleasure or simply to enhance man's lifestyle.
-- The Dean of York
I have reached zero tolerance for the cruelty against our animal brothers. If we are to nurture our culture, let's begin with the animals who have been nothing but our beasts of burden for so long.
-- Riki Rockett
Please put the ladybug outside without harming her. (to his butler)
-- Winston Churchill
Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence. I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf.
-- Dick Gregory
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
-- Mohandas Gandhi
When a human being kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice. Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others. Why then should man expect mercy from God? It is unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give.
-- Isaac B. Singer
In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.
-- Ruth Harrison, author of Animal Machines
I don`t hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice - and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals.
-- Brigid Brophy
The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.
-- Albert Schweitzer
Will we rise to the challenge and prove our capacity for genuine altruism by ending our ruthless exploitation of the species in our power?
-- Peter Singer, Ph.D.
Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals' suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote.
-- Paul Harvey
The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.
-- Emile Zola
A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
-- Albert Schweitzer
The worst sin towards or fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity.
-- George Bernard Shaw
The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny.
-- Jeremy Bentham
How narrow we selfish, conceited creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to the rights of all the rest of creation!
-- John Muir
Men who have practiced tortures on animals without pity, relating them without shame. How can they still hold their heads high among human beings?
-- Samuel Johnson
No truth appears to me more evident than that beasts are endowed with thought and reason as well as men. The arguments are in this case so obvious, that they never escape the most stupid and ignorant.
-- David Hume
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
All the arguments to prove man's superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.
-- Peter Singer
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
-- Albert Einstein
Perhaps the time has come to formulate a moral code which would govern our relations with the great creatures of the sea as well as with those on dry land. That this will come to pass is [my] dear wish.
-- Jacques Cousteau
We and the beasts are kin.
-- Ernest Thompson Seton
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
-- Albert Schweitzer
I saw a muskrat come out of a hole in the ice ... While I am looking at him, I am thinking what he is thinking of me. He is a different sort of man, that's all.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them wherever they require it.
-- Francis of Assisi
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
It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else.
May those who oppose capital punishment for humans extend that protection to animals as well. May those who oppose germ and other biological warfare work to end the unconscious biological warfare unwittingly waged on those who eat animal products. Those who are prolife would logically become vegetarian. Those who are prochoice would not want to impose their wills upon the body of a cow, sheep or pig.
As custodians of the planet it is our responsibity to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.
-- Richard Gere
When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.
-- Ingrid Newkirk (PETA director)
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
Every civilizing step in history has been ridiculed as 'sentimental', 'impractical', or 'womanish', etc., by those whose fun, profit or convenience was at stake.
-- Joan Gilbert
Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?
-- Jean Paul Richter
In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with man's, I find the result humiliating to me.
-- Mark Twain
It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.
-- Albert Schweitzer
Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.
-- George Bernard Shaw
The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it.
-- Axel Munthe
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
Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: "Because the animals are like us." Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: "Because the animals are not like us." Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.
--Professor Charles R.Magel (1920- )
"What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty."
--Leo Tolstoy, author
"I despise and abhor the pleas on behalf of that infamous practice, vivisection... I would rather submit to the worst of deaths, so far as pain goes, than have a single dog or cat tortured to death on the pretense of sparing me a twinge or two."
--Robert Browning (poet)
Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.
--George Bernard Shaw (playwright, Nobel 1925)
"I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures."
"The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, faithful animal race, form the blackest chapter in the whole world's history."
--Edward Augustus Freeman
At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society."
--Arthur Conan Doyle
"Not having known anything better does not alleviate the suffering of the animal. Its fundamental desires remain and it is the frustration of those desires that is a great part of its suffering. There are so many examples: the dairy cow who is never allowed to raise her young, the battery hen who can never walk or stretch her wings, the sow who can never build a nest or root for food in the forest litter, etc. Eventually we frustrate the animal's most fundamental desire of all - to live."
"Some will take refuge in the old clichï¿½ that humans are different from other animals. But when did a difference justify a moral prejudice? When did those with black hair have a right to mistreat those with red hair...or even those with blue or purple hair...Surely the crucial similarity that men share with other animals is the capacity to suffer? Regardless of the number of legs or the woolliness of our fur, we can all suffer..."
"How long can you hear someone crying - how long can you hear someone dying - before you ask yourself why?"
Humans - who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals - have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and "animals" is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them - without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.
--Dr. Carl Sagan & Dr. Ann Druyan, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, 1992
To one whose mind is free, there is something even more intolerable in the suffering of animals than in the sufferings of humans. For with the latter, it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the person who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any person were to refer to it, they would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime. That alone is the justification of all that humans may suffer. It cries vengeance upon all the human race. If God exists and tolerates it, it cries vengeance upon God.
--Romain Rolland (from his 1915 Nobel Prizewinning novel, Jean-Christophe)
"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."
"All the arguments to prove man's superiority can not shatter this hard fact: In suffering, the animals are our equals."
--Peter singer - Animal Liberation
"The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? But rather, Can they suffer?"
--Jeremy Bentham, 19th century Philosopher, Oxford University
Cruelty has cursed the human family for countless ages. It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans. If children are permitted to be cruel to their pets and other animals, they easily learn to get the same pleasure from the misery of fellow-humans. Such tendencies can easily lead to crime.
--Fred A.McGrand (1895- )
Out of 135 criminals, including robbers and rapists, 118 admitted that when they were children they burned, hanged and stabbed domestic animals.
--Ogonyok(1979) (Soviet anti-cruelty magazine)
"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals."
Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
--Arthur Schopenhauer (philosopher)
Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them whenever they require it... 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.
--Saint Francis of Assisi (mystic and preacher)
The butcher relenteth not at the bleating of the lamb; neither is the heart of the cruel moved with distress. But the tears of the compassionate are sweeter than dew-drops, falling from roses on the bosom of spring.
--Akhenaton? (c.BC 1375)
Respect the old and cherish the young. Even insects, grass and trees you must not hurt.
--Attr. Ko Hung (284-363 AD) (Confucian-Taoist)
When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.
--Buddha (563? - 483? B.C.)
All beings seek for happiness; so let your compassion extend itself to all.
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.
--His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet (1935-)
The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
--Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
... the art of angling, the cruelest, the coldest, and the stupidest of pretended sports.
--Lord (George) Byron (1788-1824)
When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him it's called ferocity.
--George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.
--Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904- )
A Native American saying: "We do not inherit the land, we borrow it from our children."
Quote from Samuel Butler: "Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them."
From Mark Twain: "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
Quote from Mark Twain: "The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."
Quote from Albert Einstein: "Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Quote from Isaac Bashevis Singer: "As long as human beings will go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace. There is only one little step from killing animals to creating gas chambers a la Hitler and concentration camps a la Stalin...all such deeds are done in the name of 'social justice.' There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is."
Quote from Leonardo da Vinci: "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."
Quote by Aldo Leopold. "Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness to heaven; one may never get there."
Quote from Abraham Lincoln: "I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
Quote from Theodore Roosevelt: "To educate a man in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society."
Quote from Martin Luther King: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Quote from Henry David Thoreau: "Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."
Quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Moral principles can never be compromised; they can only be abandoned."
Quote from Napoleon Bonaparte: "History is a set of lies agreed upon."
Quote from Tolstoy: "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
Quote from Rear Admiral Grace Hopper: "The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'"
An African proverb: "Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter."
Quote from Thomas Henry Huxley: "Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority."
George Bernard Shaw said, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
Aldo Leopold, one of the leading figures of modern conservation, said, "The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, 'What good is it?'...Who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering."
Ghandi wrote, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Only humans have the arrogance and ability to deem another living thing "useless" and to condemn it to extinction simply because it's in the way of something we want more.
"Well done is better than well said."
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
"When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble."
The Buddha (6th cent BCE).
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident...
The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality...
Boundless compassion for all living things is the surest and most certain guarantee of pure moral conduct. Whoever is filled with it will assuredly injure no one...
Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860).
Those who are the happiest are not neccessarily those for whom life has been easiest." - James Dobson, 38 Values to Live By
"Try to fix the problem, not affix the blame." - Kate West , The Real Witches' Year
"Animal experimentation is the blackest of all the black crimes that a man is at present committing...
We should be able to refuse to live if the price of living be the torture of sentient beings...
I abhor [animal] experimentation with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence...
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).
"For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower 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...
Primoque a caede ferarum incaluisse puto maculatum sanguine ferrum ('I think the blood of animals was the first to stain our weapons')."
Pythagoras (ca. 580-520 BCE).
"No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62)
"True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation."
"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.
Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
"The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, faithful animal race, form the blackest chapter in the whole world's history."
Edward Augustus Freeman
"Cruelty is the obvious cancer of modern civilization."
Rev. A. D. Beldon
"Anything that can feel pain should not be put to pain."
R. M. Dolgin
"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs ...[they] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty."
"We can not have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature."
"I am sometimes asked 'Why do you spent so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?' I answer: 'I am working at the roots.' "
"He who harms animals has not understood or renounced evil..Those whose minds are at peace...do not desire to live at the expense of others."
Acharanga Sutra (Jainism).
"Cruelty has cursed the human family for countless ages. It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans. If children are permitted to be cruel to their pets and other animals, they easily learn to get the same pleasure from the misery of fellow-humans. Such tendencies can easily lead to crime."
Fred A. McGrand.
"There can be no justification for causing suffering to animals simply to serve mans' pleasure or simply to enhance mans' lifestyle."
The Dean of York
"The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit."
"Animals form an inalienable fragment of nature, and if we hasten the disappearance of even one species, we diminish our world and our place in it."
"The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position."
"Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself."
James A. Froude (1818-1894)
"First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and the animals."
Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
"I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground" (President Lincoln's reply to friends who chided him for delaying them by stopping to return a fledgling to its nest).
President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
"If [man] is not to stifle human feelings, he must practice kindness toward animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of man by his treatment of animals."
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
"Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President
"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."
Hippocrates (ca. 460-377 BCE).
"We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us." - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
"It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
"You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day." - Marian Wright Edelman , Roar Softly and Carry a Great Lipstick
"What you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do." - Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
"When life is busy, focus on the task ahead, not the one passed." - Kate West, The Real Witches' Year
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
Quintilian, De Institutione Oratoria
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Parts of Animals
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.
Zeno (335 BC - 264 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818), 1780
Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.
W. Edwards Deming (1900 - 1993)
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
That best portion of a good man's life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
Greek Fable Writer
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.
Edward Everett Hale
American Author, Clergyman
"You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.
~ The Bhagavad Gita
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds.
The difference between those who succeed and those who fail isn’t what they have—it’s what they choose to see and do with their resources and their expertise of life.
~ Anthony Robbins
It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
~ W. Somerset Maugham
It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
~ J. K. Rowling
People are not lazy. They simply have goals that do not inspire them. Remember to follow you heart. What inspires you?
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
~ Henry David Thoreau
What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.
~ Zig Ziglar