Fun fact- vegetarianism has been a common practice for centuries!  Some truly great historical figures practiced vegetarianism and were not afraid to challenge societal norms in order to make an impact on the world. We took a quick peek into the lives of these trailblazers and discovered some incredible reasons as to why they chose a plant-based diet!

 

 

1)Leonardo da Vinci

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 Huge animal lover!

Leonardo would purchase caged birds just so that he could set them free. He once said, “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” Whoa, what a profound statement!

 

2) Sir Isaac Newton

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Failed as farmer

Most people know of Sir Isaac Newton as an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, and alchemist. What most people don’t know is that Newton did this after failed as a farmer! Good thing that did not discourage him from eating food from the earth. All that good food paid off as he lived about twice as long as other people during the 17th century!

 

3) Albert Einstein

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Survivalist.

Einstein once said he believed that “nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” We couldn’t agree more Mr. Einstein!

 

4) Mahatma Gandhi

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Compassion for all creatures.

Gandhi had an undying compassion for fellow man and for animals- “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Gandhi’s campaign for non-violence and his avid vegetarianism serve as an incentive for us all to promote a healthier plant-based diet for the betterment of our planet and for all of its creatures.

 

5) Pythagoras

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 Diet Doctor.

The “Pythagorean diet” was used as a common term before the word “vegetarian” was coined in the 19th century. As one of the first prominent modern vegetarians, he believed that animals had souls, and that men who harmed animals will harm other men. Do you think it’s possible to coin our own phrase, “The Gardein Diet”?

 

6) Voltaire

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Mad Cow.

He believed meat consumption promoted carnage and madness. His choice to stick to a healthy diet of grains and vegetables can be linked to the fact that he lived an extremely long life for a man surrounded by constant death and disease in 18th century France.

 

Impact, Longevity, and Vegetarianism

After reading some motivating quotes by these famous vegetarians and investigating their quality of life, we think it’s safe to say that sustaining a plant-based diet was a main contributor in their notably longer life span and success in their respective fields. We hope that these impressive veggie revolutionaries have inspired you to eat more veggies and be meatless with Gardein!