Food for Thought: Eight Veg Brainiacs

by Sarah Von Alt|
June 16, 2014

1. Pythagoras


They probably didn’t teach you in math class that in addition to being a brilliant mathematician, Pythagoras was one of the most famous and influential ancient Greek philosophers. He and his followers were also famous for being vegetarians. In fact, the term “Pythagorean diet”
was used instead of “vegetarian” for many years.

2. Leonardo da Vinci


Like Pythagoras, Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian for ethical reasons. The lifelong inventor and artist famously said: “My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.”

3. Nikola Tesla


Another prolific and genius veg inventor,
Tesla created hundreds of electrical devices and spoke against animal cruelty, declaring: “[E]very effort should be made to stop the wanton, cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals.”

4. Jane Goodall

The brilliant scientist, activist, and adventurer Jane Goodall says of eating animals: “Thousands of people who say they ‘love’
animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and terror of the abattoirs.”

5. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein,
was a vegetarian and a strong advocate for animal rights.
In fact, Frankenstein’s monster was vegetarian. The Creature explained his food choices: “My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid, to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment. … The picture I present to you is peaceful and human.”

6. Hans Christian Andersen


Hans Christian Andersen authored multiple works, but is best known for his fairy tales, which include classics like The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, and The Ugly Duckling.

7. Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein, one of the most highly regarded scientists of all time, 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.”

8. Spock! I mean, uh, Leonard Nimoy

Both the actor and his famous character were vegetarian. Of course, unlike Nimoy, Spock came from an all-vegetarian planet.

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