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Rights Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Rights are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

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.

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy,
because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
- Jimmy Carter

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

 

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.

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule,
where fifty-one percent of the people
may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
- attributed to Thomas Jefferson

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


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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

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

Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent
and unalienable rights of man.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

There is no person in this room whose basic rights
are not involved in any successful defiance
to the carrying out of court orders.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal;
that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson

The slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth,
that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

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

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

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

For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival,
liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness
is a planet whose resources are devoted
to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.
- Jimmy Carter

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen
who would protect the rights and privileges of free people
and who would preserve what is
good and fruitful in our national heritage.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will
within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.
I do not add "within the limits of the law"
because law is often but the tyrant's will,
and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
- Thomas Jefferson

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'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

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

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

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

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

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle,
that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail,
that will to be rightful must be reasonable;
that the minority possess their equal rights,
which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
- Thomas Jefferson

Men and women have roles - their roles are different,
but their rights are equal.
- Harri Holkeri

When I started graduate school I was interested in
the culture of the Civil Rights Movement.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

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

The electronic spectrum is the only natural resource
in which there's no such thing as private property rights.
You can't own a piece of the spectrum.
- Adrian Cronauer

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

Conservatives believe in providing Constitutional rights to our citizens,
not to enemy combatants like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
- Mitt Romney

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

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

In a society where the rights and potential of women are constrained,
no man can be truly free.
He may have power, but he will not have freedom.
- Mary Robinson

We support President Truman's civil rights program.
- Eugenie Anderson

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

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

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

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

The South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom,
the ballot box and the Civil Rights Law.
- Ida B. Wells

If women want any rights more than they's got,
why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it.
- Sojourner Truth

Historically, the judicial branch has often been the
sole protector of the rights of minority groups against
the will of the popular majority.
- Diane Watson

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

Those movies, Decline I and II and Suburbia,
are dearly loved, but they never made any money.
I didn't even have the rights for some of them.
- Penelope Spheeris

Of the unjust rights which in virtue of this ceremony
an iniquitous law gives me over the person and property of another,
I cannot legally, but I can morally,
divest myself.
- Robert Dale Owen

Let me reassure that the Kingdom of Cambodia a country with independence,
neutrality, peace, freedom, democracy and human rights as you all have seen,
shall be existing with no end.
- Hun Sen

Well, take the evolution of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
It began as hackers' rights.
Then it became general civil liberties of everybody -
government stay away.
- Esther Dyson

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

The rights of copyright holders need to be protected,
but some draconian remedies that have been suggested
would create more problems than they would solve.
- Patrick Leahy

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

I rise in support of a Canada in which liberties are safeguarded,
rights are protected and the people of this land are
treated as equals under the law.
- Paul Martin

I ask the rights to pursue happiness by having a voice
in that government to which I am accountable.
- Victoria Woodhull

Judge Roberts has assured me personally that he has
a healthy respect for precedent and the hard-won rights of Americans.
- Max Baucus

Truth and mercy require the exertion -
never the suppression,
of man's noble rights and powers.
- Gerrit Smith

The predominant yardstick of your government is not
human rights but national interests.
- Breyten Breytenbach

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

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

Eve Ensler is a hero of mine.
She's been working for the rights of women for a long time.
- Marcia Wallace

If you don't want women to do whatever they need to
do then you must provide them with food,
you must provide them with shelter and their basic human rights.
- Emma Thompson

The treatise found that he was perfectly within his rights to use them.
- Michael Scheuer

Saddam Hussein wrote the book on human rights violations.
- Curt Weldon

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs.
Parks was a shy, soft spoken woman who was uncomfortable
being revered as a symbol of the civil rights movement.
She only hoped to inspire young people to achieve great things.
- Jim Costa


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