Quotes About Equal Rights

Quotes tagged as "equal-rights" (showing 1-30 of 66)
Dr. Seuss
“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”
Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz

Robert G. Ingersoll
“This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

Audre Lorde
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
Audre Lorde

George Clooney
“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”
George Clooney

Cristina Marrero
“So, let me get this straight-- You want me to stop being a lesbian and being attracted to women because it is a 'sin'? Last time I checked, when you lie you are sinning. Sure, I could tell you I am no longer a lesbian or that I am no longer attracted to women and am straight, or I could even tell you the moon is made of cheese. I could tell you many things, but the moon will still not be made of cheese, and I will still not be attracted to men. I could tell you a lie in order to placate you, but isn’t the truth supposed to set me free? I choose truth over lies any day of the week. ”
Cristina Marrero

Mary Griffith
“Before you echo 'Amen' in your home or place of worship, think and remember...a child is listening.”
Mary Griffith

Aristotle
“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”
Aristotle

Ron Paul
“You have to remember, rights don't come in groups we shouldn't have 'gay rights'; rights come as individuals, and we wouldn't have this major debate going on. It would be behavior that would count, not what person belongs to what group.”
Ron Paul

Cassandra Duffy
“The beauty of standing up for your rights is others will see you standing and stand up as well.”
Cassandra Duffy

Philippa Gregory
“Tell my daughter Elizabeth -- no! Tell all my daughters, everywhere, in all the ages yet to come. Tell them how I died, and why. And tell them to remember this: the future is unwritten. Know your rights.”
Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl

Dustin Lance Black
“When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas, to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life; it gave me the hope that one day I could live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married. Most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he'd want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told they are less than by their churches, or by the government, or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value. And that no matter what everyone tells you, God does love you, and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally across this great nation of ours.”
Dustin Lance Black

Theodore Roosevelt
“No man is above the law, and no man is below it.”
Theodore Roosevelt

James Howe
“[Button] If Gay and Lesbian people are given civil rights, soon everyone will want them”
James Howe, Totally Joe

“We cannot keep turning our backs on gay and lesbian Americans. I have fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation.”
John E. Lewis

Cristina Marrero
“Sure, I could tell you I am no longer a lesbian or that I am no longer attracted to women and am straight, or I could even tell you the moon is made of cheese. I could tell you many things, but the moon will still not be made of cheese, and I will still not be attracted to men.”
Cristina Marrero

Walt Whitman
“Thought
Of equality- as if it harm'd me,
giving others the same chances
and rights as myself-
as if it were not indispensable
to my own rights
that others possess the same.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Paul Robeson
“This is the basis, and I am not being tried for whether I am a Communist, I am being tried for fighting for the right of my people, who are still second-class citizens in this United States of America”
Paul Robeson

Erin Bowman
“Hell, I'll be safest pretending I'm a boy the rest of my life. The frontier ain't for the faint of heart, and it certainly ain't kind to women. Sometimes I think the whole world's 'gainst us.”
Erin Bowman, Vengeance Road

Thomas Jefferson
“I have received the favor of your letter of August 17th, and with it the volume you were so kind as to send me on the Literature of Negroes. Be assured that no person living wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a complete refutation of the doubts I have myself entertained and expressed on the grade of understanding allotted to them by nature, and to find that in this respect they are on a par with ourselves. My doubts were the result of personal observation on the limited sphere of my own State, where the opportunities for the development of their genius were not favorable, and those of exercising it still less so. I expressed them therefore with great hesitation; but whatever be their degree of talent it is no measure of their rights. Because Sir Isaac Newton was superior to others in understanding, he was not therefore lord of the person or property of others. On this subject they are gaining daily in the opinions of nations, and hopeful advances are making towards their reestablishment on an equal footing with the other colors of the human family.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Paul Karl Feyerabend
“The pygmies, for example, or the Mindoro of the Philippines, do not want equal rights – they just want to be left alone.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Farewell to Reason

Gloria Steinem
“Flo especially took me in hand. When I felt I had to prove the existence of discrimination with statistics, for instance, she pulled me aside. 'If you're lying in the ditch with a truck on your ankle,' she said patiently, 'you don't send someone to the library to find out how much the truck weighs. You get it off!”
Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

Katherine Boo
“She was simply Asha, a woman on her own. Had the situation been otherwise, she might not have come to know her own brain.”
Katherine Boo

“Eradication represents a complete change of philosophy and a recognition of the equal rights of all citizens to protection from infection, no matter where they live. Eradication, by its very nature, is public health with a conscience. The public health control officer can sleep tranquilly, salving his conscience with the thought that most of his responsibility has been discharged – that he did not have enough money to do any more. The eradicator knows that his success is not measured by what has been accomplished but, rather, is the extent of his failure indicated by what remains to be done. He must stamp out the last embers of infection in his jurisdiction. His slogan must be: ANY IS TOO MANY.”
Fred Lowe Soper, Building the Health Bridge: Selections from the Works of Fred L. Soper

Emmanuel Carrère
“Pourtant, et bien que je passe mon temps à établir de telles hiérarchies, bien que comme Limonov je ne puisse pas rencontrer un de mes semblables sans me demander plus ou moins consciemment si je suis au-dessus ou au-dessous de lui et en tirer soulagement ou mortification, je pense que cette idée ― je répète : « L’homme qui se juge supérieur, inférieur ou égal à un autre ne comprend pas la réalité » ― est le sommet de la sagesse et qu’une vie ne suffit pas à s’en imprégner, à la digérer, à se l’incorporer, en sorte qu’elle cesse d’être une idée pour informer le regard et l’action en toutes circonstances. Faire ce livre, pour moi, est une façon bizarre d’y travailler.”
Emmanuel Carrère

Glen Shuld
“Remember how I told you that a person’s conduct is the first hint we have of a person’s character. Sometimes that’s all we have a chance to see. Their conduct is a manifestation of their character. You agreed. Remember, Dr. King? That was going to be part of the speech, and that’s going to help out a lot of people—black and white—in the future if you include those words.”
Glen Shuld, The Color of Character

Natalia Marx
“Syldor was not a land of oppressive rules, roles, and labels. Here, love and power were open to, for, and between all; woman or man, rich or poor. What mattered was the sharpness of your mind, the speed of your blade, and the heat of your touch.”
Natalia Marx, Fireheart

“Poverty is often equated with liability. How cruel this world is?”
Moutasem Algharati

“Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her.
Of course you cannot keep a wife-
Everyone's got to live their life!”
Kristen McKee, Nursery Rhymes for the Unconditional and Unschooled

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