All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
Spiritual power begins by directing animal power to other than egoistic ends.
All men who would surpass the other animals should do their utmost not to go through life unheralded like the brutes whom nature made to face the ground, obedient to their bellies.
Man may be defined as the animal that can say I, that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.
You wouldn’t consider all the bipeds you pass on the street human beings simply because they walk upright and carry their young in their bellies nine months! It is obvious how many of them are fish or sheep, worms or angels, how many are ants, how many are bees!
From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.