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Rights Quotes and Sayings
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Please enjoy these Rights Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Nature creates while destroying, and doesn't care whether
it creates or destroys as long as life isn't extinguished,
as long as death doesn't lose its rights.
- Ivan Turgenev

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

At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression,
and we give support to human rights heroes.
- Jimmy Carter

Well, it's the last step of the civil rights movement:
You know,
wrap your hands around some money, right?
- Russell Simmons

He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights.
it had to be some silly little Communist.
- Jackie Kennedy

First and foremost, I'm a feminist.
And basically that stems from a strong belief that
all people and creatures deserve equal opportunity,
rights and respect.
- Kathy Najimy

I'm pretty political when it comes to human rights and things like that.
- Peter Krause

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble
and beautiful end of a human being.
- Khalil Gibran

The ones who were negotiating are now on the front line of this intifada,
because they found that the negotiations didn't give
them the minimum of their rights.
- Hassan Nasrallah

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

I want to work on respecting individuals' dignity.
Equal rights, that's where my heart is.
That means equal rights and benefits,
and that's what we need.
- Christine Gregoire

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

The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held
that marriage is one of the most fundamental rights
that we have as Americans under our Constitution.
- Ted Olson

If God gives you rights, no man and no government can take them away from you.
- Roy Moore

They don't have special rights because we have civil
rights laws that protect them.
The laws work both ways.
- Tom Allen

All governments should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights.
- Richard Stallman

Those people who want to express their religious beliefs
on public property should enjoy the same rights that
we provide to those protesting the war in Iraq.
- Ernest Istook

The government of the United States is a device for
maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people,
with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes.
- Calvin Coolidge

These are all voluntary resources which help parents
sort out the choices without infringing on the artists' rights to free speech,
which is something that we respect.
- Tipper Gore

The word democracy has no meaning.
Duty has gone.
Only rights remain.
- Fiona Shaw

I'm just glad that I have bragging rights to working with Bugs and Daffy.
- Brendan Fraser

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

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

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

If Willie Nelson had been Rosa Parks,
there never would have been a civil rights movement in this country,
because he refuses to leave the back of the bus.
- Kinky Friedman

Where trade unions are most firmly organized,
there are the rights of the people most respected.
- Samuel Gompers

Civil and political rights are critical,
but not often the real problem for the destitute sick.
My patients in Haiti can now vote but they can't get
medical care or clean water.
- Paul Farmer

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

I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights.
The indispensable elements in a democratic society -
and well worth fighting for.
- Helen Suzman

Additionally, any Human Rights Council reform that
allows countries with despicable human rights records to remain as members,
such as China and Saudi Arabia, is not real reform.
- Michael McCaul

The theory of rights enables us to rise and overthrow obstacles,
but not to found a strong and lasting accord between
all the elements which compose the nation.
- Giuseppe Mazzini

A community is democratic only when the humblest and
weakest person can enjoy the highest civil,
economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.
- A. Philip Randolph

The law regards man as man, and takes no account of
his surroundings or of his color when his civil rights
as guaranteed by the supreme law of the land are involved.
- John Marshall Harlan

Health care is not a privilege.
It's a right.
It's a right as fundamental as civil rights.
It's a right as fundamental as giving every child a
chance to get a public education.
- Rod Blagojevich

Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong.
They are conflicts between two rights.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

It is difficult to overstate the importance of the Civil Rights Act.
- Bobby Scott

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

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

I marched back then - I was in a civil-rights musical,
Fly Blackbird, and we met Martin Luther King.
- George Takei

I support anything to do with the welfare and rights
of children in a huge way.
- Kelly Preston

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

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

The Eleanor Roosevelt Award that I received for women's
rights activities is one I treasure.
- Patty Duke

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

Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the
songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.
- Theodore Bikel

House was the first film where I had no influence on the script.
I had to buy the script with the game rights.
- Uwe Boll

If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation,
those of women, by a parity of reasoning,
will not shrink from the same test.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

The copyright bargain: a balance between protection
for the artist and rights for the consumer.
- Robin Gross

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

I knew Rita Hayworth only enough to know that she was just a tender,
sensitive, beautiful human being.
A lovely person.
Very gentle.
She would never stand up for her rights.
- Kim Novak

The argument on the other side of special rights is completely bogus.
It's bogus because you could make exactly the same
claim about racial or ethnic or religious minorities.
- Tom Allen

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

When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights,
and if you have a competent attorney,
your rights will be protected.
- Tommy Shaw

To me, a feminist belongs in the same category as a
humanist or an advocate for human rights.
I don't see why someone who's a feminist should be thought of differently.
- Suzanne Vega

Marching with over a million women in support of our
reproductive rights was one of the most empowering things I have done,
both as a woman and as a Member of Congress.
- Sheila Jackson Lee

As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence
against women becomes a government's obligation,
not just a good idea.
- Charlotte Bunch


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