"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
"If you have men who will exclude His creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity....you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellowman."St Francis of Assisi
"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul
of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had
been born into the world to enjoy."
"To believe that God made many of the lower creatures merely for prey, or to be the slaves of a slave, and writhe under the tyrannies of a cruel master who will not serve his own master; that he created and is creating an endless succession of them to reap little or no good of life but its cessation - a doctrine held by some, and practically accepted by multitudes - is to believe in a God who, so far as one portion at least of his creation is concerned, is a demon."
George MacDonald, 1892
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