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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

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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.

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The rights of the individual are greatly prized in the developed world,
but in many other regions they are considered a luxury
reserved for the impossibly wealthy.
- Silvia Cartwright

I have encountered riotous mobs and have been hung in effigy,
but my motto is: Men's rights are nothing more.
Women's rights are nothing less.
- Susan B. Anthony

Christianity is the root of all democracy,
the highest fact in the rights of men.
- Novalis

The only way to do the human rights thing is to do
the right thing medically.
- Paul Farmer

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

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

But today, government is taking those rights from us,
pretending that it gives us our rights.
Indeed, those rights come from God, and it was recognized
throughout our history as such.
- Roy Moore

Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
- Ayn Rand

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

A kid in an abusive home has far fewer rights than any POW.
There is no Geneva Convention for kids.
- Andrew Vachss

If you want my opinion, I say that this is a state based on occupation,
that has usurped the rights of others.
- Hassan Nasrallah

The global response to global terrorism must not endanger
fundamental human rights and freedoms.
- Stjepan Mesic

The rights of the weak are not weaker rights,
but are completely equal to the rights of the strong.
- Dionigi Tettamanzi

I can't remember when I wasn't an animal rights activist.
- Ali MacGraw

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

The Sherman Act is similar in the economics sphere
to the Bill of Rights in the personal sphere.
- Harold H. Greene

There is no room for legal hair-splitting when it comes
to the humane treatment of detainees -
not in a nation founded on the rule of law and respect for human rights.
- Dick Durbin

To say, that Capt.
Ingraham violated the rights of Turkey,
is nonsense.
- Gerrit Smith

Property has its duties as well as its rights.
- Thomas Drummond

These our great natural rights we keep to ourselves;
we will not have them tampered with;
respecting them we give to you no commission whatsoever.
- Caleb Cushing

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

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

Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply
impose obligations on others,
for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated.
- Tom G. Palmer

All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for
his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence
that changed this nation -
and world -
for the better.
- Eliot Engel

Maybe I'm less sensitive to these issues because I
see that what people need first is economic security,
and only when they have that can they afford to focus on human rights.
- Peter Munk

We have in the last two years, we have passed 350 legislation in the parliament,
most of which deal with democratization,
human rights, and of course, economy.
- Bulent Ecevit

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

The issue of human rights is one of the most fundamental
human issues and also one of the most sensitive and controversial.
- Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Rosa Parks was a woman of strength, conviction,
and morality.
Her action on December 1, 1955, to defy the law made
her a leading figure in our nation's civil rights history.
- John Shimkus

Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as our prince of peace,
of civil rights.
We owe him something major that will keep his memory alive.
- Morgan Freeman

Global markets must be balanced by global values such
as respect for human rights and international law,
democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development.
- Anna Lindh

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

Individual and national rights to wealth rest on the
basis of civil and international law,
or at least of custom that has the force of law.
- Alfred Marshall

Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights,
must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification.
- Malcolm Wallop

The Republicans would like to take us back to a darker time,
when corporations ruled and the underserved had no rights.
- Joe Baca

Taxpayers should not be coerced into giving up their
privacy rights just to file their taxes.
- Melissa Bean

Workers organized and fought for worker rights and food safety,
Social Security and Medicare - they fought to change government.
And they won.
- Sherrod Brown

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

As far as military necessity will permit,
religiously respect the constitutional rights of all.
- George McClellan

The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end.
- William J. Brennan

As a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights,
I believe tougher enforcement of our nation's existing
gun laws must be done before any more laws are enacted and put on the books.
- Jeff Miller

I do not support abortion rights.
Although what I would support in this vexed area is not clear to me.
- Stanley Fish

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

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

I think Democrats are right.
We fight for the American dream, for the environment,
for privacy rights, a woman's right to choose,
a good public education system.
- Barbara Boxer

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their
rights become a prey to the active.
- John Philpot Curran

Strictly speaking, my interest is not in legal rights
for animals but in a change of heart towards animals.
- J. M. Coetzee

Government itself is founded upon the great doctrine
of the consent of the governed,
and has its cornerstone in the memorable principle
that men are endowed with inalienable rights.
- Leland Stanford

Where the people possess no authority,
their rights obtain no respect.
- George Bancroft

Therefore, states are equal in natural rights.
- William H. Seward

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

What drew me to both study and activism was the formative
experience of the civil rights movement.
- David E. Price

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

Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated,
when it encroaches upon the rights of others.
- Pasquier Quesnel

I try to do that in this book without preaching -
to try to do as you just said that you really have
to defend the First Amendment rights of everybody.
- Floyd Abrams


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