24 June 2010

Ben Franklin on being Vegetarian

"...I balanced some time between principle and inclination, till I recollected that, when the fish were opened, I saw smaller fish taken out of their stomachs; then thought I, "if you eat one another, I don't see why we mayn't eat you.". So I dined upon cod very heartily, and continued to eat with other people, returning only now and then ocasionally to a vegetable diet.  So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.

- Ben Franklin in his autobiography


Radarman said...

Franklin just looks better and better. Thanks for unearthing this excellent - really excellent - quotation.

catherine said...

I prefer reasonable people myself. I also prefer convenience.