A Wise Man Once Said….
This blog is dedicated to a man who sometimes spoke volumes with just a few words.
John Henry Newman was a Catholic cardinal and theologian who was an important figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century.
I knew almost nothing about this man until I stumbled upon his words in a google search for “animal rights quotes”, although I had certainly heard his name before.
I thank him for his compassionate voice for the voiceless all those years ago, the echoes of which still beg to be heard and contemplated today.
“Cruelty to animals is as if a man did not love God.”
“Animals have done us no harm and they have no power of resistance…..there is something so very dreadful, so Satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power, who have weapons neither of offence nor defense, that none but very hardened persons can endure the thought of it.”
“Now what is it moves our very heart and sickens us so much as cruelty shown to poor brutes? I suppose this: first, that they have done us no harm; next, that they have no power whatever of resistance; it is the cowardice and tyranny of which they are the victims which make their sufferings so especially touching…”
“It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say he is one who never inflicts pain.”
This last quote speaks to so many people who care about animals but haven’t yet found it in their hearts to make a change on their behalf:
“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”
~Cardinal John Henry Newman
English Roman Catholic Cardinal
P.S. The quotes above were found at all-creatures.org, where they open with these words:
“This Quotations Archive contains words from famous and some not so famous people who have expressed a sense of love, compassion, and respect for all of God’s creation: for people, for animals, and for the environment. They speak of our teaching methods and philosophy. They speak of a lifestyle of non-violence. They seek to eliminate cruelty and suffering. They seek to wake us up. They seek to give us hope.”