Hunting is a sport and at times a necessity, and in the past this was an activity engaged in by royals and commoners alike. Today hunting is far less popular as a sport because more people in modern society value life and prefer to buy their food in markets rather than killing it in the fields and forests. There are many hunting quotes that reveal the long and rich history that this activity has, dating back thousands of years. In the past hunting was needed for the survival of early humans. Without food the species would die off and early civilization did not have stores and large reserves of food, and some animals were hunted in order to protect the population. Many early populations understood how sacred life was, and they gave profuse thanks when hunting was successful and made sure not to waste even a sinew or bone piece after a kill.