Quotes and Sayings about Equality



"The days of humiliation, of second-class citizens and of inequality are over and gone forever."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Inequality)

"Republican patience with how unionism deals with the political institutions, and with key issues like equality and human rights, will be tested because, obviously, there will be a battle a day on these matters. So lets face up to all of this with our eyes wide open."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Equality, Battle, Day, Deals, Eyes, Rights, Human rights, Key, Open, Patience, Republican, Will)

"Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Equality, Leadership, Peace, Ability, Justice, Play, Popular)

"The unionists also for their part, want to minimise the potential for change, not only on the equality agenda but on the issues of sovereignty and ending the union."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Equality, Change, Ending, Potential, Want)

"Is there an equality of power between America and Iraq? Definitely not; however, the Iraqi people are standing fast and are defending their land courageously."
- Bashar al-Assad
(Related: Equality, Power, People, America, Iraq, Land)

"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)

"Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Equality, Life, Religion, Constitution, Liberty, Today)

"I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Equality, Religion, Liberty)

"More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development."
- Kofi Annan
(Related: Equality, Women, Development, Countries)

"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance."
- Kofi Annan
(Related: Equality, Development, Goal, Building, Challenge, Gender, Gender equality, Meeting, Poverty)

"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal."
- Aristotle
(Related: Inequality)

"If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost."
- Aristotle
(Related: Government, Equality, Thought, Democracy, Liberty, Will)

"You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that."
- Arthur Ashe
(Related: Equality, History, Life)

"It is crucial that members of Congress cast votes that are supportive of the values upon which our nation was founded: equality, freedom, and opportunity for all people."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Equality, People, Opportunity, Values, Congress, Freedom, Nation)

"The sole equality on earth is death."
- Philip James Bailey
(Related: Death, Equality, Earth)

"Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Equality, Lie, Fraud, Freedom, Lying, Want, Workers)

"From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Men, Idiots)

"Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Equality, Heart, Exercise, Play)

"Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Equality, Power, Earth, Fact, May, Right)

"His lordship may compel us to be equal upstairs, but there will never be equality in the servants' hall."
- J. M. Barrie
(Related: Equality, May, Will)

"His lordship may compel us to be equal upstairs, but there will never be equality in the servants hall."
- James M. Barrie
(Related: Equality, May, Will)

"I think it has other roots, has to do, in part, with a general anxiety in contemporary life... nuclear bombs, inequality of possibility and chance, inequality of goods allotted to us, a kind of general racist, unjust attitude that is pervasive."
- Leonard Baskin
(Related: Life, Attitude, Possibility, Anxiety, Bombs, Chance, Inequality)

"And it also became clear that these conditions of inequality and historical injustice have given rise to a feeling of hate in the world - a deeply felt hate that cannot easily be overcome with a few good words."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Feeling, Hate, Inequality, Injustice, Words, World)

"In choosing global corporate partners UNICEF emphasises compatibility with our core values and looks to build alliances that advance our mission of ensuring the health, education, equality and protection for all the world's children."
- Carol Bellamy
(Related: Equality, Education, Health, Values, Children, Corporate, Mission, Protection, World)

"I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Equality, Family, Cause)

"So what we're talking about here is human rights. The right to live like a human. The right to live, period. And what we're facing in Africa is an unprecedented threat to human dignity and equality."
- Bono
(Related: Equality, Dignity, Rights, Human rights, Talking)

"You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice. It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties. It doubts our concern. It questions our commitment. Because there is no way we can look at what's happening in Africa, and if we're honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else."
- Bono
(Related: Equality, Idea, Commitment, Concern, Fool, Justice, Questions)

"The purpose that brought the fourteenth amendment into being was equality before the law, and equality, not separation, was written into the law."
- Robert Bork
(Related: Equality, Purpose, Being, Law, Separation)

"The March on Washington affirmed our values as a people: equality and opportunity for all. Forty-one years ago, during a time of segregation, these were an ideal."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Equality, Time, Opportunity, Values, March, Washington, Years)

"The vision that the founding fathers had of rule of law and equality before the law and no one above the law, that is a very viable vision, but instead of that, we have quasi mob rule."
- James Bovard
(Related: Equality, Vision, Fathers, Founding, Law, Mob)

"We are all different. Yet we are all God's children. We are all united behind this country and the common cause of freedom, justice, fairness, and equality. That is what unites us."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: God, Equality, Cause, Children, Country, Freedom, Justice, United)

"The equality among all members of the League, which is provided in the statutes giving each state only one vote, cannot of course abolish the actual material inequality of the powers concerned."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Equality, Giving, Inequality, State, Vote)

"A formally recognized equality does, however, accord the smaller nations a position which they should be able to use increasingly in the interest of humanity as a whole and in the service of the ideal."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Equality, Humanity, Interest, Nations, Service)

"There will always be a place for us somewhere, somehow, as long as we see to it that working people fight for everything they have, everything they hope to get, for dignity, equality, democracy, to oppose war and to bring to the world a better life."
- Harry Bridges
(Related: Life, War, Equality, People, Hope, Democracy, Dignity, Fight, Will, World)

"We will have bigger bureaucracies, bigger labor unions, and bigger state-run corporations. It will be harder to be an entrepreneur because of punitive taxes and regulations. The rewards of success will be expropriated for the sake of attaining greater income equality."
- Arthur C. Brooks
(Related: Equality, Success, Corporations, Income, Labor, State, Taxes, Will)

"We have to restore power to the family, to the neighborhood, and the community with a non-market principle, a principle of equality, of charity, of let's-take-care-of-one-another. That's the creative challenge."
- Jerry Brown
(Related: Power, Equality, Family, Challenge, Charity, Community)

"The work that must be done for each woman to reconnect with her psyche and to give herself a chance to live her own life is essentially the same. The realization of the equality of all races, the equality of all beings is essential."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Equality, Life, Work, Chance, Woman)

"What is being called the UN 'gender architecture' is more like a shack. Women need a bigger global house if equality is ever to become a reality."
- Charlotte Bunch
(Related: Equality, Women, Architecture, Being, Reality)

"Elections are also about the future - the pledges that we are making for this country. For those who care about equality and fairness in the UK, and beyond, Labour really is the only choice."
- Anne Campbell
(Related: Equality, Care, Choice, Country, Elections, Future)

"Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance."
- Kim Campbell
(Related: Equality, Canada, Justice, Tolerance)

"A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Work, Fortune, Inequality, Man, Sight, Sun)

"Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Equality, Parenting, Women, Abortion, Abuse, Independence, Poverty, Problems, Solution, Today)

"The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Equality, Legal, Women, Abortion, Children)

"On the one hand we publicly pronounce the equality of all peoples; on the other hand, in our immigration laws, we embrace in practice these very theories we abhor and verbally condemn."
- Emanuel Celler
(Related: Equality, Laws, Practice, Theories)

"I remember becoming aware of women's issues and inequality. It became glaringly clear to me when I was living in America that women are regarded as less intelligent than men."
- Julie Christie
(Related: Men, Women, America, Inequality, Living)

"I think men are allowed to be fat and bald and ugly and women aren't. And it's just not - there is no equality there."
- Connie Chung
(Related: Equality, Men, Women, Ugly)

"Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality."
- Adam Clayton
(Related: Equality, Belief, Brothers, Man, Mankind)

"The highest political buzz word is not liberty, equality, fraternity or solidarity; it is service."
- Arthur Hugh Clough
(Related: Equality, Liberty, Service, Solidarity, Word)

"All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality."
- David Allan Coe
(Related: Equality, Men)

"As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Equality, People)

"The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society."
- James F. Cooper
(Related: Government, Society, Power, Wealth, Existence, Inequality, Law, Office)

"All that a good government aims at... is to add no unnecessary and artificial aid to the force of its own unavoidable consequences, and to abstain from fortifying and accumulating social inequality as a means of increasing political inequalities."
- James F. Cooper
(Related: Government, Consequences, Force, Inequality)

"All sports must be treated on the basis of equality."
- Pierre de Coubertin
(Related: Equality, Sports)

"The American economic, political, and social organization has given to its citizens the benefits of material prosperity, political liberty, and a wholesome natural equality; and this achievement is a gain, not only to Americans, but to the world and to civilization."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: Equality, Civilization, Achievement, American, Americans, Benefits, Gain, Liberty, Prosperity, World)

"Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality; he carried the American flag."
- Adrian Cronauer
(Related: Equality, Belief, American, Martin)

"I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman's right to choose. I believe in marriage equality."
- Andrew Cuomo
(Related: Equality, Marriage, Right, Woman)

"I had explained that a woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan."
- Mary Daly
(Related: Equality, Church, Woman)

"A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan."
- Mary Daly
(Related: Equality, Church, Woman)

"The focus of tolerance education is to deal with the concept of equality and fairness. We need to establish confidence with children that there is more goodness than horror in this world."
- Morris Dees
(Related: Education, Equality, Children, Confidence, Focus, Goodness, Horror, Tolerance, World)

"Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism... to ward off threats to her own security and influence."
- Bernadette Devlin
(Related: Equality, Mother, Church, Conservatism, Force, Freedom, Influence, Ireland, Security)

"I should like to suggest to you that the cause of all the economic troubles is that we have an economic system which tries to maintain an equality of value between two things, which it would be better to recognise from the beginning as of unequal value."
- Paul Dirac
(Related: Equality, Beginning, Cause, Value)

"Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Equality, Inequality)

"Mormons... are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Equality, Wealth, Rules)

"Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Equality, Needs)

"It's much more acceptable for men to work and father kids. There's an inherent inequality, because we want to do it all, and I don't know how we can do this all."
- Julia Louis Dreyfus
(Related: Men, Work, Father, Inequality, Kids, Want)

"As long as there is rape... there is not going to be any peace or justice or equality or freedom. You are not going to become what you want to become or who you want to become. You are not going to live in the world you want to live in."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Equality, Peace, Freedom, Justice, Want, World)

"A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Equality, Commitment, Poor)

"All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die."
- Bob Dylan
(Related: Equality, People, Talk)

"Similarly, gender-equality, supremacy of law, political participation, civil society, and transparency are among the indispensable elements that are the imperatives of democratization."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Society, Gender, Law, Participation)

"Nobody really believes in equality anyway."
- Warren Farrell
(Related: Equality)

"To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Equality, Being, Living, Race, Snow, Today, World)

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
- Anatole France
(Related: Equality, Law, Poor, Sleep)

"The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
- Anatole France
(Related: Equality, Law, Poor, Sleep)

"But it is also clear that left entirely untouched by public policy, the capitalist system will produce more inequality than is socially healthy or than is necessary for maximum efficiency."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Policy, Efficiency, Inequality, Public, Public policy, Will)

"Increasing inequality in income distribution in this country has broader policy implications, and there is also the growing problem of perverse incentives that result from executives receiving grossly disproportionate compensation based on decisions they themselves take."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Policy, Country, Decisions, Income, Inequality, Result)

"It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals."
- Felix Frankfurter
(Related: Inequality, Man, Treatment)

"Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality."
- Erich Fromm
(Related: Equality, Man, Production)

"I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Equality)

"The major economic policy challenges facing the nation today - pick your favorites among the usual suspects of low public and household savings, concerns about educational quality and achievement, high and rising income inequality, the large imbalances between our social insurance commitments and resources - are not about monetary policy."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Quality, Policy, Achievement, Income, Inequality, Nation, Public, Today)

"Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Equality, Love, Generations, Poverty, Will)

"Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation."
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Related: Equality, Men, Women, Responsibility, Will)

"The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality."
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Related: Equality, State, Woman)

"I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman's equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling."
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Related: Equality, Decision, Choice, Man, Woman)

"Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism."
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Equality, Time, Conformity, Fathers, First, Founding, Liberty)

"We are a model country where gender equality is concerned."
- Tarja Halonen
(Related: Equality, Country, Gender, Gender equality)

"The goal of the EU is to form a region of freedom, security and justice. Freedom in this connection cannot be just the freedom of the strong, but it must be combined with fraternity and equality."
- Tarja Halonen
(Related: Equality, Goal, Connection, Freedom, Justice, Security)

"Under-representation of women and other inequality among researchers is a problem that will not solve itself as women acquire competence."
- Tarja Halonen
(Related: Women, Competence, Inequality, Will)

"I believe I've always been a big believer in equality. No one has ever been able to tell me I couldn't do something because I was a girl."
- Anne Hathaway
(Related: Equality)

"Even the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality - an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Equality, Determination, Economy, Inequality, Order, Result)

"A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Equality, Government)

"As a first step there must be an offer to achieve equality of rights in disarmament by abolishing the weapons forbidden to the Central Powers by the Peace Treaties."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: Equality, Peace, First, Forbidden, Rights, Weapons)

"It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing."
- Herodotus
(Related: Equality, Freedom, Speech)

"I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Related: Equality, Envy, Passion, Respect)

"If money, education, and honesty will not bring to me as much privilege, as much equality as they bring to any American citizen, then they are to me a curse, and not a blessing."
- John Hope
(Related: Equality, Education, Money, Honesty, American, Privilege, Will)

"As a result of America's efforts to realize the ideals of equality and freedom, blacks in America are now the freest and richest black people anywhere on the face of the earth including all of the nations that are ruled by blacks."
- David Horowitz
(Related: Equality, People, America, Earth, Freedom, Ideals, Nations, Now, Result)

"Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself."
- William Dean Howells
(Related: Heart, American, Inequality, Liberty)

"The civil rights movement in the United States was about the same thing, about equality of treatment for all sections of the people, and that is precisely what our movement was about."
- John Hume
(Related: Equality, People, Civil rights, states, Treatment, United)

"Proclaim human equality as loudly as you like, Witless will serve his brother."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Equality, Brother, Will)

"In 1965, I marched for equality."
- Alphonso Jackson
(Related: Equality)

"The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Equality, Wisdom, Man, Taxation)

"In Nicaragua, liberty, equality and the rule of law were the stuff of dreams. But in Paris I discovered the value of those words."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: Equality, Dreams, Law, Liberty, Paris, Value, Words)

"You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil."
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(Related: Equality, Development, Democracy, Justice)

"The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone."
- Pope John XXIII
(Related: Equality, Peace, Trust, Nations)

"Now they have come to the place where their faith can no longer feed on the bread of repression and violence. They ask for the bread of liberty, of public equality, and public responsibility. It must not be denied them."
- Mordecai Wyatt Johnson
(Related: Faith, Equality, Liberty, Now, Public, Repression, Responsibility, Violence)

"Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Equality, Happiness, Enjoyment, Pleasure)

"Disease generally begins that equality which death completes."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Death, Equality, Disease)

"It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Equality, State)

"Republicans many times can't get the words 'equality of opportunity' out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way."
- Jack Kemp
(Related: Opportunity, Republicans, Words)

"There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Life, Men, War, Country, Inequality)

"Do people really want liberty, equality, fraternity? Is it not some manner of speaking?"
- Krzysztof Kieslowski
(Related: Equality, People, Liberty, Want)

"The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Equality, Autumn, Discontent, Freedom, Summer, Will)

"It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause."
- Michael Kinsley
(Related: Equality, Activism, Liberals, Property, Protection)

"Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable conviction in the value of each person, who is then equal."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: Equality, Conviction, Democracy, Value)

"In a world of increasing inequality, the legitimacy of institutions that give precedence to the property rights of "the Haves" over the human rights of "the Have Nots" is inevitably called into serious question."
- David Korten
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Inequality, Property, Question, World)

"Okay, when you start to fight for equality, like Anand did in 1995, you could end up losing game 10, like he did, without putting up any kind of fight."
- Vladimir Kramnik
(Related: Equality, End, Fight, Losing)

"Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity."
- Irving Kristol
(Related: Equality, Opportunity, Democracy)

"Unless there is recognition that women are most vulnerable... and you do something about social and cultural equality for women, you're never going to defeat this pandemic."
- Stephen Lewis
(Related: Equality, Women, Defeat)

"There needs to be radical development in equality law to create the environment to allow women to stay in work."
- Ken Livingstone
(Related: Equality, Women, Work, Development, Environment, Law, Needs, Radical)

"Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose. I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion."
- Mario Vargas Llosa
(Related: Equality, Sacrifice, Freedom, Illusion, Prosperity)

"Humanistic values of equality and equal rights for all nations and individuals as crystallized in the principles of the United Nations Charter are mankind's great achievements in the 20th century."
- Tran Duc Luong
(Related: Equality, Values, Rights, Mankind, Nations, Principles, United)

"In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables."
- Catharine MacKinnon
(Related: Equality, Society, Fact, Nonsense, Will, Word, Words)

"I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality."
- Agnes Macphail
(Related: Equality, Women, Want)

"I do not want to be the angel of any home: I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality. After that is secured, then men and women can take turns being angels."
- Agnes Macphail
(Related: Men, Women, Equality, Angels, Being, Want)

"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)

"Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it."
- Malcolm X
(Related: Equality, Freedom, Justice, Man)

"In a state therefore of great equality and virtue, where pure and simple manners prevailed, the increase of the human species would evidently be much greater than any increase that has been hitherto known."
- Thomas Malthus
(Related: Equality, Virtue, Manners, State)

"It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive."
- Thomas Mann
(Related: Equality, Society, Ideas, Democracy, Fact, Freedom)

"The people of Canada have worked hard to build a country that opens its doors to include all, regardless of their differences; a country that respects all, regardless of their differences; a country that demands equality for all, regardless of their differences."
- Paul Martin
(Related: Equality, People, Canada, Country)

"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)

"In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality."
- Mary McCarthy
(Related: Equality, Science, Facts)

"American society will never completely understand the true meaning of equality."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Equality, Society, American, Meaning, Will)

"And think of how we challenged the idea of a male dominated Parliament with All-Women shortlists and made the cause of gender equality central to our government. We were right to do so."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: Equality, Government, Idea, Cause, Gender, Gender equality, Parliament, Right)

"Yugoslavia is a multinational community and it can survive only under the conditions of full equality for all nations that live in it."
- Slobodan Milosevic
(Related: Equality, Community, Nations)

"Equality means nothing unless incorporated into the institutions."
- Slobodan Milosevic
(Related: Equality, Nothing)

"Rosa Parks was the queen mother of a movement whose single act of heroism sparked the movement for freedom, justice and equality. Her greatest contribution is that she told us a regular person can make a difference."
- Marc Morial
(Related: Equality, Mother, Act, Difference, Freedom, Heroism, Justice, Queen)

"Because Katrina put it out there, no one can play the pretend game anymore that there isn't poverty and inequality in this country. The Millions More Movement - Katrina gives it added significance."
- Marc Morial
(Related: Country, Inequality, Play, Poverty)

"We are also further than ever from equality of opportunity."
- Ferdinand Mount
(Related: Equality, Opportunity)

"The land is ours. It's not European and we have taken it, we have given it to the rightful people... Those of white extraction who happen to be in the country and are farming are welcome to do so, but they must do so on the basis of equality."
- Robert Mugabe
(Related: Equality, People, Country, Land)

"The cry of equality pulls everyone down."
- Iris Murdoch
(Related: Equality)

"As of today, we do not need expert reports by the authoritative analytical institutions to realise that the reasons for such a situation in our community lie in global inequality, poverty and illiteracy."
- Nursultan Nazarbayev
(Related: Lie, Community, Inequality, Poverty, Today)

"Effective use of Braille is as important to the blind as independent mobility, knowledge in the use of adaptive technology, and the core belief that equality, opportunity and security are truly possible for all people who are blind."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Equality, Technology, People, Knowledge, Opportunity, Belief, Blind, Security)

"Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk."
- Peggy Noonan
(Related: Equality, Candor, Compliment, Friends, Talk)

"Civilization is built on a number of ultimate principles... respect for human life, the punishment of crimes against property and persons, the equality of all good citizens before the law... or, in a word justice."
- Max Nordau
(Related: Equality, Life, Civilization, Justice, Law, Principles, Property, Punishment, Respect, Word)

"On the road to equality there is no better place for blacks to detour around American values than in forgoing its example in the treatment of its women and the organization of its family."
- Eleanor Holmes Norton
(Related: Equality, Family, Women, Values, American, Example, Road, Treatment)

"I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Equality, People, Actions, Country, Intentions, Liberty, Mistakes, Promise, World)

"The equality that we are all entitled to, as citizens of this democracy, can't be avoided by some religious dogma of a President who's is supposed to believe in the notion of separation of church and state. And he frankly doesn't."
- Rosie O'Donnell
(Related: Equality, Church, Democracy, President, Religious, Separation, State)

"No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer."
- George Orwell
(Related: Equality, Wealth, Revolution, Manners, Reform)

"I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Equality, Justice, Man, Mercy, Religious)

"Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply impose obligations on others, for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated."
- Tom G. Palmer
(Related: Equality, People, Rights)

"Earlier feminists were almost universally pro-choice and have dominated political debate until now. Having access to abortion was viewed as the only way women could have full equality with men, who, until recently, couldn't get pregnant."
- Kathleen Parker
(Related: Equality, Women, Abortion, Debate, Now)

"I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality."
- Alice Paul
(Related: Equality, Direction, Rights, Nothing, Problems)

"As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones."
- Steven Pinker
(Related: Equality, People, Commitment, Writers)

"Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality."
- Plato
(Related: Equality, Nature, Custom, Injustice)

"Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike."
- Plato
(Related: Equality, Government, Democracy, Disorder, Variety)

"Socialism values equality more than liberty."
- Dennis Prager
(Related: Equality, Values, Liberty, Socialism)

"Communism is inequality, but not as property is. Property is exploitation of the weak by the strong. Communism is exploitation of the strong by the weak."
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(Related: Communism, Exploitation, Inequality, Property)

"A common danger tends to concord. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence."
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(Related: Communism, Danger, Excellence, Exploitation, Inequality, Mediocrity)

"Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation - through compassion and courage - about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice."
- Mark Pryor
(Related: Equality, Time, Courage, Compassion, Day, Democracy, Honor, Justice, Martin, Nation, Nonviolence)

"America, 5 years after this brutal attack, is testament that a Nation conceived in liberty and equality will endure. It is a triumph of millions of Americans but it is also the triumph of an idea larger than any one person, larger than any one nation."
- Nick Rahall
(Related: Equality, Idea, America, Americans, Liberty, Nation, Will, Years)

"A resilient people cherishing liberty and equality and the rule of law will endure."
- Nick Rahall
(Related: Equality, People, Law, Liberty, Will)

"I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality."
- John Randolph
(Related: Equality, Love, Hate, Liberty)

"The Klan had used fear, intimidation and murder to brutally oppress over African-Americans who sought justice and equality and it sought to respond to the young workers of the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the same way."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Equality, Fear, African, Civil rights, Justice, Murder, Workers)

"To realize that new world we must prefer the values of freedom and equality above all other values - above personal wealth, technical power and nationalism."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Equality, Power, Values, Wealth, Freedom, Nationalism, World)

"I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there."
- Maureen Reagan
(Related: Equality, Men, Women, Office, Will)

"The liberal ideal is that everyone should have fair access and fair opportunity. This is not equality of result. It's equality of opportunity. There's a fundamental difference."
- Robert Reich
(Related: Equality, Opportunity, Difference, Liberal, Result)

"The increase in inequality in income is a longtime trend, but the pressure on middle- and low-income workers is going up rapidly. Especially if they live in an area where there are high housing and gas prices, like California."
- Alice Rivlin
(Related: Income, Inequality, Pressure, Workers)

"Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently."
- Tom Robbins
(Related: Equality)

"Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves."
- Maximilien Robespierre
(Related: Equality, Love, People, Virtue, Effort, Justice, May)

"Most of all, we should remember all of us are capable of individually helping advance the spirit of equality for all."
- Mike Rogers
(Related: Equality, Spirit)

"Demands for equality for women are threats to men's self-esteem and sense of sexual turf."
- Alice S. Rossi
(Related: Equality, Women, Self, Sense)

"Everyone has an equal right to inequality."
- John Ralston Saul
(Related: Inequality, Right)

"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)

"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
(Related: Equality, Rights, Identity)

"Another example of the educational inequality is the current debate over publicly financed school vouchers which will provide educational opportunities to a privileged handful, but deprive public schools of desperately needed resources."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: Debate, Example, Inequality, Public, School, Schools, Will)

"As soon as man enters into a state of society he loses the sense of his weakness; equality ceases, and then commences the state of war."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: Equality, Society, War, Man, Sense, State, Weakness)

"Think of submitting our measure to the advice of politicians! I would as soon submit the subject of the equality of a goose to a fox."
- Anna Howard Shaw
(Related: Equality, Advice, Measure)

"A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational and class inequality and conflict."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Class, Conflict, Inequality, Labor)

"Equality and development will not be achieved however if peace is not understood from women's' point of view."
- Jenny Shipley
(Related: Equality, Peace, Women, Development, Will)

"Free trade is very important if we respect equality among nations."
- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
(Related: Equality, Nations, Respect, Trade)

"I don't believe in social equality, and they know it."
- George Smathers
(Related: Equality)

"I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: Equality, America, American, Country, Future, Will)

"The rights of one sex, political and otherwise, are the same as those of the other sex, and this equality of rights ought to be fully recognized."
- Leland Stanford
(Related: Equality, Sex, Rights)

"The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Related: Equality, History, Past, Struggle)

"We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Equality, Idea, Chance, Pursuit, Schools)

"Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality."
- Harlan Stone
(Related: Equality, Nature, People, Ancestry, Doctrine)

"I think it's a very central tenet to it yes, it is. I can't bear it, I can't bear inequality, I can't bear bad behaviour to other people. I cannot bear it that people are mean to people who can't help what they are."
- Janet Suzman
(Related: People, Help, Inequality)

"God touches and moves, warns and desires all equally, and He wants one quite as much as another. The inequality lies in the way in which His touch, His warnings, and His gifts are received."
- Johannes Tauler
(Related: God, Gifts, Inequality, Lies)

"One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man."
- Marlo Thomas
(Related: Equality, Man)

"Can one preach at home inequality of races and nations and advocate abroad good-will towards all men?"
- Dorothy Thompson
(Related: Home, Men, Inequality, Nations)

"The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Business, Equality, Men, Control, Taste)

"Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Equality, Americans, Freedom, Slavery)

"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Equality, Democracy, Liberty, Nothing, Restraint, Socialism, Word)

"I would point out that Japan's proposal at the Versailles Peace Conference on the principle of racial equality was rejected by delegates such as those from Britain and the United States."
- Hideki Tojo
(Related: Equality, Peace, states, United)

"Give us equality of enjoyment, equal right to expansion - it is as necessary to our prosperity as yours."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Equality, Enjoyment, Prosperity, Right)

"The basis, the corner-stone of this Government, was the perfect equality of the free, sovereign, and independent States which made it."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Equality, Government, states)

"Inequality makes everyone unhappy, the poor most of all, and that is well within the remit of the state. More money gives less extra happiness the richer we get, yet we are addicted to earning and spending more every year."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Happiness, Money, Inequality, Poor, State)

"The bill neither confers nor abridges the rights of anyone but simply declares that in civil rights there shall be equality among all classes of citizens and that all alike shall be subject to the same punishment."
- Lyman Trumbull
(Related: Equality, Civil rights, Punishment)

"From a viable economy to the full funding of Headstart, from a clean environment to true equality for women, from a strong military to a commitment to racial brotherhood, from schools that are honored to streets free of excessive violence."
- Paul Tsongas
(Related: Equality, Women, Brotherhood, Commitment, Economy, Environment, Military, Schools, Violence)

"Such security is equal liberty. But it is not necessarily equality in the use of the earth."
- Benjamin Tucker
(Related: Equality, Earth, Liberty, Security)

"Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole."
- Mao Tse Tung
(Related: Equality, Society, Sexes)

"In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king. A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption."
- Raoul Vaneigem
(Related: Equality, Freedom)

"Democratic principles are the result of equality of condition."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Equality, Principles, Result)

"Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Equality, Attention, Manners, Needs, Public)

"Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Equality, Beauty, Truth, Grace, Humanism, Infinite, Liberty, Thinking, Value, Wrong)

"It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics."
- Paul Wellstone
(Related: Politics, Time, Belief, Extremes, Inequality, Potential)

"Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: Equality, Friendship, Reward)

"Postmodernism refuses to privilege any one perspective, and recognizes only difference, never inequality, only fragments, never conflict."
- Elizabeth Wilson
(Related: Conflict, Difference, Inequality, Perspective, Privilege)

"There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Equality, Men, Women, Opportunity, Control, Children, Consequences)

"How are men to be secured in any rights without instruction; how to be secured in the equal exercise of those rights without equality of instruction? By instruction understand me to mean knowledge - just knowledge; not talent, not genius, not inventive mental powers."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Equality, Men, Talent, Genius, Knowledge, Exercise, Rights)

"Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Equality, Soul, Fact, Liberty)

"It will appear evident upon attentive consideration that equality of intellectual and physical advantages is the only sure foundation of liberty, and that such equality may best, and perhaps only, be obtained by a union of interests and cooperation in labor."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Equality, Consideration, Cooperation, Labor, Liberty, May, Will)

"The more equality women have, the fairer, more civilized and tolerant society will be. Sexual equality is a lot more effective against terrorism than military strength."
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
(Related: Equality, Society, Women, Strength, Military, Terrorism, Will)