'The way the animals live, everybody envies them, because look, a cat, when it walks—did you ever see a cat making an aesthetic mistake. Did you ever see a badly formed cloud? Were the stars ever misarranged? When you watch the foam breaking on the seashore, did it ever make a bad pattern? Never. And yet we think in what we do, we make mistakes.'
— Alan Watts, The Nature of Consciousness
'You think you own whatever land you land on, the Earth is just a dead thing you can claim. But I know every rock and tree and creature, has a life, has a spirit, has a name'
— Pocahontas’s song
'People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.'
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky