Walking With Angels

The words and spirit of these beautiful quotations touched my soul.  I hope they will touch your soul also …

‘All creatures fear before danger, life is dear to all.  When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill’ – Gautama Buddha

‘I wish no living thing to suffer pain’ – Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘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

‘Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s  soul remains unawakened’ – Anatole France

‘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. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.’ – Mahatma Gandhi

‘This was a horrible proposal [that the eight-year-old Albert join a friend in killing birds with a sling]  … but I dared not refuse for fear he would laugh at me.  So we came to a tree which was still bare, and on which the birds were singing out gaily in the morning, without any fear of us. Then stooping low like Indians on the hunt, my companion placed a pebble in the leather of his sling and stretched it.  Obeying his peremptory glance I did the same, with frightful twinges of conscience, vowing firmly that I would shoot when he did.  At that very moment the church bells began to sound, mingling with the song of the birds in the sunshine. It was the warning bell that came a half-hour before the main bell.  For me it was a voice from heaven.  I threw the sling down,  scaring the birds away,  so that they were safe from my companion’s sling and fled home.  And ever afterwards when the bells of Holy Week ring out amidst the leafless trees in the sunshine I remember with moving gratitude how they rang into my heart at that time the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ –  Dr Albert Schweitzer

‘The thinking man 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, even the lowliest creature;  to do so is to renounce our manhood  and shoulder a guilt which nothing  justifies’ –  Dr Albert Schweitzer

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow  us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognise it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace – Albert Schweitzer

The unity of all life: ”There are millions of people on earth who do not realise that the spirit which animates them is the same one that animates all creatures who share the planet with them. They do not see them as spirits with earthly bodies, just as they are’  – Silver Birch

Man’s Sacred Trust:  ‘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’ – St Francis of Assisi

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