Quid pro Quotes

“The story of English spelling is the story of thousands of people – some well-known, most totally unknown – who left a permanent linguistic fingerprint on our orthography.”  –David Crystal

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder acceptable”-George Orwell

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”  – Marilyn Monroe 

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.” ― Leo Tolstoy

“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and 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.”
Leonardo da Vinci

“The most staggering linguistic turnabout for me is the one that equates green economy with ‘sustained economic growth.” Tim Jackson

“Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservation about the proper application of the word human”. Suzanne La Follette, “Concerning Women”

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  From The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”
-George Bernard Shaw

“In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.”
Catharine A. MacKinnon

“The eating of animal flesh, an easy matter of course for most people unless made complex by ritual warnings, may yet turn out to be a problem of psycho-social evolution when humankind comes to review and reassess the inner and outer consequences of having assumed the life of an armed hunter, and all the practical and emotional dead ends into which this has led us. Only then will it be possible to separate the superstitious, neurotic and faddish aspects of vegetarianism from its possible ethical persuasiveness.” —Erik H. Erikson, Gandhi’s Truth

“We should not kill, eat, torture, and exploit animals because they do no want to be so treated, and we know that if we listen, we can hear them”.  – Donovan, 1993

“To refer to the Earth, including its wealth of living systems, as ‘ecological capital’ is already to devalue it’.” – Ekins, Hillman and Hutchinson, 1992

“The wellbeing and flourishing of human and nonhuman Life on Earth have value in themselves (synonyms: intrinsic value, inherent value). These are independent of the usefulness of the nonhuman world for human purposes.” – Devall and Sessions, 1985

“So long as humanism is constructed through contrast with the object that as been abandoned to epistemology, neither the human nor the nonhuman can be understood”. –Bruno Latour

“We are forgetting how to give presents. Violation of the exchange principle has something nonsensical and implausible about it;here and there even children eye the giver suspiciously,as if the gift were merely a trick to sell them brushes or soap. Instead we have charity, administered beneficence, the planned pastering over of society’s visible sores. In its organized operations there is no longer room for human impulses, indeed, the gift is necessarily accompanied by humiliation through its distribution, its just allocation, in short, through treatment of the recipient as an object.” Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia