Vegetarians in History

If you were to list every famous vegetarian, you would fill a large city's phone book. Here are a few particularly notable ones.

Pythagoras
580 500 BC
Greek mathematician and philosopher

Plato
428 347 BC
Greek philosopher

Plutarch
46 120 BC
Greek philosopher and biographer

St. Frances of Assisi
1182 1226
Italian founder of Franciscan order of friars

Leonardo da Vinci
1452 1519
Italian painter, architect and engineer
"One day the world will look upon research upon animals as it now looks upon research on human beings."

Martin Luther
1483 1546
German church reformer; founder of Protestantism

Sir Isaac Newton
1642 1727
English physicist and mathematician

Voltaire
1694 1778
French writer

John Wesley
1703 1791
English founder of Methodism

Benjamin Franklin
1706 1790
US scientist and diplomat; inventor of the lightning conductor

Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803 1882
US philosopher, essayist and poet

Hans Christian Andersen
1805 1875
Danish writer of fairy tales

Charlotte Bronte
1816 1855
English writer; author of Jane Eyre

Henry David Thoreau
1817 1862
US writer; back-to-nature exponent

Susan B. Anthony
1820 1906
US feminist and anti-slavery campaigner

Leo Tolstoy
1828 1910
Russian novelist; author of War and Peace
"A human can 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."

Vincent Van Gogh
1853 1890
Dutch Post-Impressionist painter

George Bernard Shaw
1856 - 1950
Irish dramatist, novelist and socialist
"It is nearly fifty years since I was assured by a conclave of doctors that if I did not eat meat I should die of starvation." (He lived a healthy life and died aged 94.)

Henry Ford
1863 1947
US car manufacturer

Mahatma Gandhi
1869 1948
Indian nationalist leader and advocate of non-violence

Albert Schweitzer
1875 1965
French theologian, missionary and Nobel Peace Prize winner

Albert Einstein
1879 1955
Swiss-German scientist; author of the theories of relativity
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."

H.G. Wells
1886 1946
English science fiction writer

Tony Benn
1925 - 2014
British socialist politician

March 2003

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