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Rights Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Rights.

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

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The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

Property is intended to serve life,
and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect,
it has no personal being.
It is part of the earth man walks on.
It is not man.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

 

Women have a lot to say about how to advance women's rights,
and governments need to learn from that,
listen to the movement and respond.
- Charlotte Bunch

There are only two things we should fight for.
One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.
- Smedley Butler

Women's rights is not only an abstraction,
a cause; it is also a personal affair.
It is not only about us; it is also about me and you.
Just the two of us.
- Toni Morrison

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A democracy is nothing more than mob rule,
where fifty-one percent of the people
may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
- attributed to Thomas Jefferson

Rights that do not flow from duty
well performed are not worth having.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I'm strongly for a patient Bill of Rights.
Decisions ought to be made by doctors,
not accountants.
- Charles Schumer

A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man.
An intelligent woman gives up.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing
and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The battle for women's rights has been largely won.
- Margaret Thatcher

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy,
because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
- Jimmy Carter

There is no person in this room whose basic rights
are not involved in any successful defiance
to the carrying out of court orders.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests;
you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking
a dangerous blow at your own.
- Carl Schurz

I think this society suffers so much from too much freedom,
too many rights that allow people to be irresponsible.
- Boyd Rice

America did not invent human rights.
In a very real sense, it is the other way around.
Human rights invented America.
- Jimmy Carter

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier

A Bill of Rights is what the people are
entitled to against every government,
and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
- Thomas Jefferson

Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent
and unalienable rights of man.
- Thomas Jefferson

The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.
- J. Paul Getty

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

Deny human rights, and however little you may wish to do so,
you will find yourself abjectly kneeling at the feet of that old-world god,
Force.
- Auberon Herbert

Whose rights will we acknowledge? Whose human dignity
will we respect? For whose well-being will we,
as a people, assume responsibility?
- Robert Casey

In Uzbekistan, hundreds of protesters were recently
killed under the corrupt regime of President Karimov
in what human rights groups are calling a massacre.
- Ed Markey

The Good Friday Agreement and the basic rights and
entitlements of citizens that are enshrined within
it must be defended and actively promoted by London and Dublin.
- Gerry Adams

Away with that folly that her rights would be detrimental to her character -
that if she were recognized as the equal to a man she
would cease to be a woman!
- Ernestine Rose

Non-citizen terrorist suspects are not members of the
American national community,
and they have no proper claim on the rights Americans accord one another.
- Richard Perle

The right to be let alone is the underlying principle
of the Constitution's Bill of Rights.
- Erwin Griswold

As is the case with many Middle Eastern nations,
women are nowhere near equal to men when it comes to
basic freedoms and rights that we take for granted every day.
- Ginny B. Waite

Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding
only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others,
rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.
- Thomas Carlyle

"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole
philosophy of human rights.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind,
and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people.
- Jinato Hu

I'm involved in the work around prison rights in general.
- Angela Davis

It is time in the West to defend not so much human
rights as human obligations.
- Alexander Solzehnitsyn

We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights.
It is time now to write the next chapter -
and to write it in the books of law.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

As a civil rights leader, Mrs.
King's vision of racial peace and nonviolent social
change was a fortifying staple in advancing the civil rights movement.
- James T. Walsh

And also a lot of Muslims are no more religious then the average Swede.
For them it's natural that human rights come first.
- Bjorn Ulvaeus

No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian
religion must be the basis of any government intended
to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
- Noah Webster

Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual
to protect his own rights;
American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.
- William Jennings Bryan

Mr. President how long must women wait to get their
liberty? Let us have the rights we deserve.
- Alice Paul

The French revolution taught us the rights of man.
- Thomas Sankara

The civil rights movement would experience many important victories,
but Rosa Parks will always be remembered as its catalyst.
- Jim Costa

Some of the folks on both sides might be sincere,
but it does seem as if it is only the opposition that
cares about the Bill of Rights most of the time.
- James Bovard

The public good is in nothing more essentially interested,
than in the protection of every individual's private rights.
- William Blackstone

If China wants to be a constructive,
active player in the world economy,
it's got to respect intellectual property rights or
it makes it pretty impossible to do business with them.
- Dan Glickman

Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights:
it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force
against legally disarmed victims.
- Ayn Rand

Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights,
science and its offspring technology have been used
in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
- John Charles Polanyi

Nothing could be more insulting to me than the concept of civil rights.
It means perpetual second-class citizenship for me and my kind.
- James H. Meredith

The Saudi government's denial of basic rights to women is not only wrong,
it hurts Saudi Arabia's economic development,
modernization and prosperity.
- Barbara Boxer

Prejudice and passion and suspicion are more dangerous
than the incitement of self-interest or the most stubborn
adherence to real differences of opinion regarding rights.
- Elihu Root

Without amendments we would never even have had the Bill of Rights.
- Adrian Cronauer

The belief in some being who can be the judge of all
human matters is a very comfortable one -
all wrongs will be righted and all rights will be rewarded.
- Eli Khamarov

The smallest minority on earth is the individual.
Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
- Ayn Rand

No!
on Human Rights and Freedom, on a subject that is as
self-evident as that two and two make four,
there is no need of any written authority.
- Ernestine L. Rose

I, like many members of my generation,
was concerned with segregation and the repeated violation of civil rights.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

The pure connecting factor is that those of us who
describe ourselves as feminists want equal rights for all people.
- Betty Buckley

The predominant yardstick of your government is not
human rights but national interests.
- Breyten Breytenbach

There are two things that I put my focus on.
One is the fight against AIDS and finding a cure.
The other is human rights.
- Judith Light

But if USA has 1.3 billion people, USA would have the
same human rights problem just like China.
- Alex Chiu

We wish to be citizens of the United States or citizens of Puerto Rico.
In either case, with all the inherent rights of a natural sovereignty.
- Jose de Diego

A lot of things happened in a lot of places.
And to see how well it was handled in Atlanta.
There are a lot of reasons for Atlanta being a special
town in the Civil Rights era.
- Ivan Allen

For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy
and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point -
if not a commodity -
of political groups aiming to rise to power.
- Omar Bongo

We really have to be willing to find out who we are
instead of rebelling for the equal rights that we've been denied,
that we do deserve.
- Andrew Cohen

Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort;
rather,
it concerns the basic human rights of family,
country, justice and human dignity.
- Imelda Marcos

We must take proactive steps to promote democracy and human rights abroad.
- Sam Brownback

The success of those doctrines would also subvert the Federal Constitution,
change the character of the Federal Government,
and destroy our rights in respect to slavery.
- John H. Reagan

I am in favor, heartily in favor, of our Constitution
and Bill of Rights and I owe my allegiance to my country at all times.
- Julius Rosenberg

I AM what is called a Feminist.
Thirty years ago I left a monastery and began a sane human existence.
Within two or three years, I find, I was defending the rights of women.
- Joseph McCabe

It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond
these failings that Black citizens and civil rights
workers risked unemployment,
violence and death.
- Elijah Cummings


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