Albert Einstein said “Man Was Not Born to be a Carnivore”

Albert Einstein about veganism

Albert Einstein said, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

In a letter written to Hans Muehsam in 1954, Einstein said about adopting a vegetarian diet:

“So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.”

And about the broader concern and inclusion for the well-being of all beings, and compassion for animals, Einstein writes, “A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” (Letter dated 1950 by Albert Einstein, quoted in H. Eves, Mathematical Circles Adieu, 1977)

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2 Responses

  1. Mohan Gurunathan says:


    Great website. I am giving a TedX talk promoting veganism to a group of high school students. I’d like to re-use some of the info graphics from your webstite, such as the Albert Einstein quote, and some others. Can you give me permission to reuse the graphics on your site?

    Keep up the great work.


    • Jennie Richards says:

      Hi Mohan, thanks and congrats on giving a talk at TedX promoting veganism! The graphics are out in the public domain, produced by AZQuotes and other large sites dedicated to quotations. They are to be shared. Good luck with your talk!

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