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Rights Quotes
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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

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Government Political

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.

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.

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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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am persuaded that the world has been tricked into adopting
some false and most pernicious notions about consistency -
and to such a degree that the average man has
turned the rights and wrongs of things entirely around
and is proud to be "consistent," unchanging, immovable, fossilized,
where it should be his humiliation.
- Mark Twain

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment,
resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as
the connection we see today between human rights,
democracy and peace.
- Wangari Maathai

I am strongly pro-life, and have fought to protect
the rights of the unborn my entire career.
I will continue to fight for this cause because I value
the sanctity of all human life.
- Rob Bishop

One man's blasphemy doesn't override other people's free-speech rights,
their freedom to publish, freedom of thought.
- Dan Savage

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

A political prisoner is someone who is out fighting
for his or her people's rights and freedom and is imprisoned for that alone.
- Leonard Peltier

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

Rosa Parks will be remembered for her lasting contributions to society.
Her legacy lives on in the continued struggle for civil rights around the world.
She will be missed.
- Jim Costa

Here once again education is crucial,
it enables children to be become more aware of their
rights and to exercise them in a respectful manner
which helps them shape their own future.
- Carol Bellamy

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

The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization,
is entirely with ourselves.
- William Wells Brown

I refer to calls for humanitarian intervention in the
affairs of another state -
a new idea,
this - even when they are made under the pretext of
defending human rights and freedoms.
- Boris Yeltsin

We must continue to have voting rights in the state,
not to politicize this, but they must have a voice
in the rebuilding effort in the community from which
they have been displaced.
- Marc Morial

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

Susan B. Anthony formed the Equal Rights Association,
refuted ideas that women were inferior to men,
and fought for a woman's right to vote.
- Louise Slaughter

What rights are those that dare not resist for them?
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.
- Horace Greeley

The rights of persons, and the rights of property,
are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
- James Madison

But as population became denser, the natural chemical
and biological recycling processes became overloaded,
calling for a redefinition of property rights.
- Garrett Hardin

I don't say that the supposed Civil Rights development is a myth,
but it's a matter of dealing with reality.
It's purely peripheral and, in many cases,
it's just a facade.
- Norman Granz

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

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

Every man, when he comes to be sensible of his natural rights,
and to feel his own importance, will consider himself
as fully equal to any other person whatever.
- Joseph Priestley

This foundational principle - that human beings derive their rights from God,
rather than from the State, or any other source -
is what made America different.
- Ernie Fletcher

My image had always been very heterosexual,
very straight.
So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify
my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.
- Bruce Springsteen

There are severe limitations on civil rights.
In the international arena, Iran is turning into an isolated country,
and the international community is becoming more hostile toward it.
- Moshe Katsav

The embattled gates to equal rights indeed opened up for modern women,
but I sometimes think to myself; that is not what I meant by freedom,
it is only social progress.
- Helene Deutsch

The republican is the only form of government which
is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

The law changes and flows like water,
and the stream of women's rights law has become a sudden rushing torrent.
- Shana Alexander

Every one of my positions cuts - out half the country.
I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration,
I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin.
- Michael Bloomberg

Let's deal with reality.
The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights
to the corpse of Osama bin Laden.
He will never appear in an American courtroom.
- Eric Holder

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

Justice for the major perpetrators cannot be separated
from the vindication of the rights of the individual victim.
- Jalal Talabani

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

I am an American citizen and feel I am entitled to
the same rights as any other citizen.
- Nat King Cole

Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man
is essentially unjust and tyrannical;
it is not a law at all.
- Maximilien Robespierre

Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists,
human rights activists, it's all the same.
- Daryl Hannah

There has been only a civil rights movement,
whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites.
- Stokely Carmichael

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 believe public education is the new civil rights
battle and I support charter schools.
- Andrew Cuomo

To no human charter am I indebted for my rights.
- Gerrit Smith

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities.
The loved and the rich need no protection:
they have many friends and few enemies.
- Wendell Phillips

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

Working families need to know that we will work to
protect their health needs,
promote the development of safe, effective medicines,
and guarantee patient rights.
- Christopher Dodd

If we don't take effective measures now,
the Netherlands could be torn between two extreme rights.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A lot of attention has been going to social values -
abortion,
gay rights, other divisive issues - but economic values are equally important.
- Robert Reich

When the government allocates monopoly rights to frequency,
and there are only a handful in each community,
it's picking the winners in the competition.
- Robert McChesney

Government should work to insure the rights of the individual,
not plot to take them away.
- Lyn Nofziger

I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what.
The rest is public relations.
- Jasmine Guy

Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to
strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms.
- Vladimir Putin

Men, their rights, and nothing more;
women,
their rights, and nothing less.
- Susan B. Anthony

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom,
tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to
oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.
- Coretta Scott King

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

The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more;
women,
their rights and nothing less.
- Franklin P. Adams

Civil rights are more important today than they ever
have been in our country.
There is so much divisiveness today.
- David Harris


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