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Between us and the animals there is a great gulf fixed. The most important thing about man is that he is NOT an animal. He is different, and in this difference lies his ultimate hope and promise. A miracle happened to man when he was an animal. That miracle was the BIRTH OF LANGUAGE. This has made his life incomparable with any animal. We are not concerned merely with the difference to him which this miraculous event has made in the ordering of his life. It is the difference in him that is crucial. For this was the sign of the birth of consciousness. Not of intelligence, but of consciousness. Something broke in on man. It may have evolved, but it is not strictly a question of evolution. It is something outside evolution.

John Stewart Collis

He may not deny his bestial relationship with animals, the invocation of which revolts him: he must make himself its master.

Walter Benjamin

there is no folly of the beasts of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.

Hermann Melville

Animals are closer to us than human beings. That’s where our prison bars are.

Franz Kafka