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    The fact that there are bigger injustices and wrongs doesn't make it right to sacrifice an innocent monkey. It doesn't alter the case at all.
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: sacrifice  right  wrong  facts 
     
    "Sentimentalist" is the abuse with which people counter the accusation that they are cruel, thereby implying that to be sentimental is worse that to be cruel, which it isn't.
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: people  abuse 
     
    By the age of three ... I was already an addicted reader. I still crave daily immersion in experience other than my own; (it needn't be more pleasant, exciting or illuminating - merely other) and I still fall into books as though into catalepsy.
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: experience  age  book 
     
    We Irish had the right word on the tip of our tongue, but the imperialist got at that. What should trip off it we trip over.
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: right 
     
    The thriller is the cardinal twentieth-century form. All it, like the twentieth century, wants to know is: Who's Guilty?
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: thriller 
     
    To my mind, the two most fascinating subjects in the universe are sex and the eighteenth century.
    — Brigid Brophy
    In a sense, the first (if not necessarily the prime) function of a novelist, of ANY artist, is to entertain. If the poem, painting, play or novel does not immediately engage one's surface interest then it has failed. Whatever else it may or may not be, art is also entertainment. Bad art fails to entertain. Good art does something in addition.
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: bad  novel  poem  artist  painting  fail 
     
    A medical profession founded on callousness to the pain of the other animals may eventually destroy its own sensibility to the pain of humans.
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: animals  pain  profession 
     
    I don't myself believe that, even when we fulfill our minimum obligations not to cause pain, we have the right to kill animals. I know I would not have the right to kill you, however painlessly, just because I liked your flavour, and I am not in a position to judge that your life is worth more to you than the animal's to it.
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: animals  pain  believe  right  worth 
     
    To argue that we humans are capable of complex multifarious thought and feeling, whereas the sheep's perception is probably limited by lowly sheepish perceptions, is no more to the point than if I were to slaughter and eat you on the grounds that I am a sophisticated personality able to enjoy Mozart, formal logic and cannibalism, whereas your imaginative world seems confined to True Romances and tinned spaghetti.
    — Brigid Brophy
    I refuse absolutely to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. ... I obdurately insist on believing that some men are my equals.
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: men  sex 
     
    The person who kills for fun is announcing that, could he get away with it, he'd kill you for fun. Your...life may be of no consequence to anyone else but is invaluable to you because it's the only one you've got. Exactly the same is true of each individual deer, hare, rabbit, fox, fish, pheasant and butterfly. Humans should enjoy their own lives, not taking others'.
    — Brigid Brophy
    Whenever people say, 'We mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, 'We must be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it.
    — Brigid Brophy
    tags: people  money 
     
    I don't hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice - and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals.
    — Brigid Brophy
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