One of the small pleasures of going to biology class is the expectation of a good quote...the professor likes to quote a learned figure to create context for the day's lecture, and it's been very informative.
So, a few weeks ago, when we were beginning the last part of the course, we walked into the auditorium and saw this projected on the wall:
Seems kinda harsh...
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)