Human Rights Quotes

You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law. - Lyn Beth Neylon


Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. - Abraham Lincoln


I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. - Barry Goldwater


By a divine paradox, wherever there is one slave there are two. So in the wonderful reciprocities of being, we can never reach the higher levels until all our fellows ascend with us. - Edwin Markham


I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights. - Bishop Desmond Tutu, quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs


Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. - Robert Ingersoll


I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. - Gandhi


And we who have toiled for freedom's law, have we sought for freedom's soul?
Have we learned at last that human right is not a part but the whole?- John Boyle O'Reilly


It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home. - Carl T. Rowan


No man is above the law and no man below it. - Theodore Roosevelt


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


I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way. - Robert Frost


Silence never won rights. They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below. - Roger Baldwin


If the equality of individuals and the dignity of man be myths, they are myths to which the republic is committed. - Howard Mumford Jones


I have always claimed Americans didn't want a drink as bad as they wanted the right to take a drink if they did happen to want one. - Will Rogers


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


Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. -Mother Theresa


First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the communist and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionists. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak out for me. -Pastor Niemoeler (victim of the Nazis)


We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors ...but they all have to learn to live in the same box. -Author Unknown


The only thing necessary for the persistence of evil is for enough good people to do nothing. -Amnesty saying, unknown origin


True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice -Martin Luther King Jr.


Worrying does not empty tomorrow of it's troubles, it empties today of it's stength-unknown


Hope is power -Amnesty International


We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams, we are the movers and the shakers -O'Shaughnessy


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful commited citizens can change the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever does -Margaret Meade


If you judge people, you have no time to love them. -Mother Theresa


I feel morally and intellectually obliged to simply conceded that the death penalty experiment has failed.... From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death. -Former US Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun


Please use your freedom to promote ours. -Aung San Suu Kyi


You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. -Mohandas Gandhi


It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. -Anne Frank


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. -E. F. Schumacher


When I dare to be powerful -- to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. -Audre Lorde


Happy is the house that shelters a friend. -Ralph Waldo Emerson


I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. -Charles Houston


Nations will rise and fall, but equality remains the ideal. The universal aim is to achieve respect for the entire human race, not just for the dominant few.-Carlos P. Romulo


I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.-Edward Everett


All human beings, whatever their cultural or historical background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned or tortured . . . We must, therefore, insist on a global consensus, not only on the need to respect human rights worldwide, but also on the definition of these rights . . . for it is the inherent nature of all human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and dignity, and they have an equal right to achieve that.-The Dalai Lama


We protect only what we love, we love only what we know, we know only what we are taught.-Author Unknown


Enemies publish themselves. They declare war. The friend never declares his love.-Henry David Thoreau


Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another-Author Unknown


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!-Patrick Henry


I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.-Albert Einstein


I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.-John Adams


If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.-Franklin D. Roosevelt


The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.-Martin Luther King, Jr.


If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.-Emily Dickinson

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