Quotes and Sayings about Discrimination



"Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Discrimination, Tact)

"What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Conflict, Discrimination, Rights, Inequality, Liberty, Order, Reform)

"We define ourselves, in part, by the discriminations we make. The value of what we love is enriched by our understanding of what we dislike."
- David Ansen
(Related: Love, Understanding, Value)

"The discrimination is not made openly, but a Negro who goes to such places is informed that there are no accommodations, or he is overlooked and otherwise slighted, so that he does not come again."
- Ray Stannard Baker
(Related: Discrimination)

"Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime."
- Johnny Ball
(Related: Age, Life, Work, Crime, Desire, Discrimination, Living, Worth, Wrong)

"And each of us can practice rights ourselves, treating each other without discrimination, respecting each other's dignity and rights."
- Carol Bellamy
(Related: Dignity, Discrimination, Rights, Practice)

"Liberals say we should end employment discrimination. I say we should end employment."
- Bob Black
(Related: Discrimination, End, Liberals)

"Discrimination against Jews can be read in Thomas Aquinas, and insults against Jews in Martin Luther."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Discrimination, Insults, Martin)

"Thirty years ago, in 1976, the notion of organized activity to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was an extremely controversial one."
- Robert Brady
(Related: Discrimination, Gender, Identity, Years)

"Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture."
- Charlotte Bunch
(Related: Culture, Discrimination, Gender, Violence)

"And the basis on which we agreed to operate with them involved a manifesto, where it states that we proceed from different ideologies and policies. One thing that we insisted on was that they should take an oath to reject racism and discrimination."
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi
(Related: Discrimination, Racism, states)

"I support non-discrimination for homosexuals, but I think, or at least I have the right to think - without saying whether I think it or not - I have the right to think, along with the catechism of the Catholic Church, that homosexuality is morally wrong."
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Related: Church, Homosexuality, Right, Saying, Support, Wrong)

"I voted for the Defense of Marriage Act but I do not believe we should institutionalize a form of discrimination against any minority by amending the Constitution."
- Ben Nighthorse Campbell
(Related: Marriage, Act, Constitution, Defense, Discrimination, Minority)

"I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Time, Discrimination)

"The other salient characteristic of the Declaration is its universality: it applies to all human beings without any discrimination whatever; it also applies to all territories, whatever their economic or political regime."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: Discrimination)

"It is distressing to me that we live in an age in which we still must fight to protect our civil rights as Americans, in which a hate crime perpetrated against someone based their sexual orientation can go unpunished, and in which discrimination is being written into our laws."
- John Conyers
(Related: Age, Americans, Being, Civil rights, Crime, Discrimination, Fight, Hate, Laws)

"I believe discrimination still exists in society and we must fight it in every form."
- Andrew Cuomo
(Related: Society, Discrimination, Fight)

"If you believe that discrimination exists, it will."
- Anthony J. D'Angelo
(Related: Discrimination, Will)

"Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Conviction, Discrimination, Genocide)

"Too small is our world to allow discrimination, bigotry and intolerance to thrive in any corner of it, let alone in the United States of America."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: America, Bigotry, Discrimination, Intolerance, states, United, World)

"The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication."
- Michael Faraday
(Related: Success, Communication, Discrimination, Innovation)

"I don't think there's anything that is a greater area of discrimination against women today than the fact that nowhere in the world is there a female role model in team sports that more than half of a general audience would recognize."
- Warren Farrell
(Related: Sports, Women, Discrimination, Fact, Today, World)

"To be sympathetic without discrimination is so very debilitating."
- Ronald Firbank
(Related: Discrimination)

"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all."
- Lou Gehrig
(Related: Baseball, Discrimination)

"The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication."
- Harold S. Geneen
(Related: Communication, Discrimination, Innovation)

"A genocide in Africa has not received the same attention that genocide in Europe or genocide in Turkey or genocide in other part of the world. There is still this kind of basic discrimination against the African people and the African problems."
- Boutros Boutros Ghali
(Related: People, African, Attention, Discrimination, Europe, Genocide, Problems, Turkey, World)

"Like all citizens, Ms. McNeill has the right to be free from unlawful employment practices such as sex discrimination and retaliation."
- John Hawkins
(Related: Sex, Discrimination, Right)

"Education is important because, first of all, people need to know that discrimination still exists. It is still real in the workplace, and we should not take that for granted."
- Alexis Herman
(Related: Education, People, Discrimination, First)

"The FBI has had a history of sex discrimination complaints brought against it, as well as race discrimination."
- Anita Hill
(Related: History, Sex, Complaints, Discrimination, Race)

"While housing discrimination and segregation in 2005 still affect millions of people, that's not the way it has to be. Some things can change and should."
- Bruce Hornsby
(Related: Change, People, Discrimination)

"Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions."
- A. E. Housman
(Related: Perception, Discrimination, Literature, Opinions)

"I grew up in Derry, of course, and it was - Derry was the worst example of Northern Ireland's discrimination."
- John Hume
(Related: Discrimination, Example, Ireland)

"Liberalism, above all, means emancipation - emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination, from poverty."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Discrimination, Liberalism, Poverty, Prejudice)

"There are still traces of discrimination against race and gender, but it's a lot different than when I started out. It just comes quietly, slowly, sometimes so quietly that you don't realize it until you start looking back."
- Eddie Bernice Johnson
(Related: Discrimination, Gender, Race)

"I see the policy of opposing same-sex marriages or unions, whatever you call it, as bigotry or discrimination."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: Policy, Bigotry, Discrimination)

"For as long as the power of America's diversity is diminished by acts of discrimination and violence against people just because they are black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Muslim or gay, we still must overcome."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Power, People, Muslim, America, Discrimination, Diversity, Gay, Violence)

"Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Society, Truth, Lie, Inferiority, Discrimination, Waking)

"The Army has carried the American ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability."
- Tom Lehrer
(Related: Ability, American, Army, Discrimination, Race)

"Racial discrimination does not always violate public policy."
- Trent Lott
(Related: Policy, Discrimination, Public, Public policy)

"What is required of a working hypothesis is a fine capacity for discrimination."
- Jean-Francois Lyotard
(Related: Discrimination)

"That's part of American greatness, is discrimination. Yes, sir. Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives a man opportunity."
- Lester Maddox
(Related: Opportunity, Greatness, American, Discrimination, Freedom, Inequality, Man)

"By the time I was at college, I became very alert to the question of racial discrimination, and I remember one of my first writing attempts had to do with a lynching."
- Albert Maltz
(Related: Time, College, Discrimination, First, Question, Writing)

"I've run into more discrimination as a woman than as an Indian."
- Wilma Mankiller
(Related: Discrimination, Woman)

"Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely."
- Thurgood Marshall
(Related: Discrimination, Ending, Jury)

"In Canada, women's rights are a vital part of our effort to build a society of real equality - not just for some, but for all Canadians. A society in which women no longer encounter discrimination nor are shut out from opportunities open to others."
- Paul Martin
(Related: Equality, Society, Women, Canada, Discrimination, Effort, Rights, Open)

"Mrs. Parks' act of brave defiance rocked the foundation of American society and inspired generations of civil rights leaders and created a sense of hope for every American facing legal discrimination in this country."
- Kendrick Meek
(Related: Legal, Society, Hope, Act, American, Civil rights, Country, Defiance, Discrimination, Generations, Leaders, Sense)

"I don't know the answer to that question. I don't think it matters to the fundamental question here because at bottom, this president believes in non-discrimination."
- Ken Mehlman
(Related: President, Question)

"Today, unless women gain jobs and athletic scholarships commensurate with their percentage of the population, feminists scream discrimination."
- Marvin Olasky
(Related: Women, Discrimination, Gain, Jobs, Population, Today)

"Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: Love, Discrimination, Renunciation)

"The purpose of the ADA was to provide clear and comprehensive national standards to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities. As a result, individuals with disabilities are now able to live in their homes and have access to new careers."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Purpose, Careers, Discrimination, Now, Result)

"It is time to end the discrimination against people who need treatment for chemical addiction. It is time for Congress to deal with our Nation's number one public health problem."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Health, Time, People, Addiction, Congress, Discrimination, End, Public, Treatment)

"I, for one, would think both about how far we have come as a country and how much further we need to go to erase racism and discrimination from our society."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Society, Country, Discrimination, Racism)

"Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: People, Discrimination, Fight, Nations, Will, World)

"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
(Related: Home, Discrimination, Injustice, Oppression, World)

"Daley may not feel a moral responsibility to eliminate discrimination but he has a legal obligation to do so."
- Bobby Rush
(Related: Legal, Discrimination, May, Obligation, Responsibility)

"Diversity on the bench is critical. As practitioners, you need judges who 'get it!' We need judges who understand what discrimination feels like. We need judges who understand what inequality feels like. We need judges who understand the subtleties of unfair treatment and who are willing to call it out when they see it!"
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Discrimination, Diversity, Inequality, Judges, Treatment)

"Hollywood is the definition of sexual discrimination."
- Ally Sheedy
(Related: Discrimination, Hollywood)

"Racism cannot be cured solely by attacking some of the results it produces, like discrimination in housing or in education."
- Sargent Shriver
(Related: Education, Discrimination, Racism, Results)

"We recognized in 1996 that, with progress in the field of genetics accelerating at a breathtaking pace, we need to ensure that advances in treatment and prevention of disease do not constitute a new basis for discrimination."
- Olympia Snowe
(Related: Progress, Discrimination, Disease, Genetics, Prevention, Treatment)

"Hopefully, 21 years later, Judge Roberts possesses an openness with respect to issues of gender-based wage discrimination."
- Olympia Snowe
(Related: Discrimination, Gender, Respect, Wage, Years)

"Discrimination is a disease."
- Roger Staubach
(Related: Discrimination, Disease)

"I knew that discrimination existed, even though there were many individuals who were not prejudiced."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Discrimination)

"Certainly, the poverty, the discrimination, the episodic unemployment could not but strike an inquiring youngster: why did these exist, and what could we do about them."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Discrimination, Poverty, Unemployment)

"How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination."
- Barbra Streisand
(Related: Time, Discrimination, Laws)

"It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things."
- Anne Sullivan
(Related: Mistake, Children, Desire, Discrimination, Nonsense, Observation)

"This will be Iraq for all without discrimination among Iraqi citizens, or ethnic or sectarian discrimination."
- Jalal Talabani
(Related: Discrimination, Iraq, Will)

"Racial discrimination, South Africa's economic power, its oppression and exploitation of all the black peoples, are part and parcel of the same thing."
- Oliver Tambo
(Related: Power, Discrimination, Exploitation, Oppression)

"Any discrimination, like sharp turns in a road, becomes critical because of the tremendous speed at which we are traveling into the high-tech world of a service economy."
- Clarence Thomas
(Related: Discrimination, Economy, Road, Service, Traveling, World)

"Unfortunately, the reality was that, for political reasons or whatever, there was a need to enforce antidiscrimination laws, or at least there was a perceived need to do that."
- Clarence Thomas
(Related: Laws, Reality)

"It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: People, Country, Discrimination, May, Meaning, Religious)

"All provisions of federal, state or local law requiring or permitting discrimination in public education must yield."
- Earl Warren
(Related: Education, Discrimination, Law, Public, State, Yield)

"Most recently my battle has been against AIDS and the discrimination surrounding it."
- Ryan White
(Related: Battle, Discrimination)

"Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me."
- Ryan White
(Related: Education, Fear, Discrimination, Lies)

"Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied opportunities for development are naturally afraid of anything that sounds like discrimination."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: Development, Discrimination)

"If the Negroes are to remain forever removed from the producing atmosphere, and the present discrimination continues, there will be nothing left for them to do."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: Discrimination, Nothing, Present, Will)

"In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: Talent, Discrimination)

"In the animal world, on the other hand, the process of evolution is characterised by the progressive discrimination of the animal and vegetative functions, and a consequent differentiation of these two great provinces into their separate departments."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Discrimination, Evolution, World)

"The failure of women to have reached positions of leadership has been due in large part to social and professional discrimination."
- Rosalyn S. Yalow
(Related: Leadership, Women, Failure, Discrimination)

"Prejudice and discrimination have always been a big part of my life. When I was 6, I got beat up and called dirty Jew boy because they thought I looked Jewish."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Life, Thought, Discrimination, Prejudice)