Quotes and Sayings about Rights



"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
(Related: First, Rights, Preaching)

"The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less."
- Franklin P. Adams
(Related: Men, Women, Rights, Nothing)

"The Good Friday Agreement and the basic rights and entitlements of citizens that are enshrined within it must be defended and actively promoted by London and Dublin."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Agreement, Rights, London)

"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)

"Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can."
- Samuel Adams
(Related: Life, First, Rights, Liberty, Property)

"The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors."
- Stella Adler
(Related: Ideas, Actors)

"In my movies, there has been little to do in the way of animal rights. I have never worked in a movie with animals. No horse-riding, no trained dogs, lions, bears. A few actors, but what could I do? We had to have them."
- Casey Affleck
(Related: Movies, Actors, Animals, Dogs, Rights)

"The United States' administrations... must recognize that Iran is a big power. Having said that, we consider ourselves to be a human force and a cultural power and hence a friend of other nations. We have never sought to dominate others or to violate the rights of any other country."
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Related: Power, Friend, Country, Force, Rights, Nations, states, United)

"For this reason, the expansion of relations with all countries is on the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I mean balanced relationships, based on mutual respect and observation of each other's rights."
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Related: Countries, Rights, Observation, Reason, Relationships, Respect)

"Our strategic dialogue with China can both protect American interests and uphold our principles, provided we are honest about our differences on human rights and other issues and provided we use a mix of targeted incentives and sanctions to narrow these differences."
- Madeleine Albright
(Related: American, Rights, Human rights, Principles)

"The law changes and flows like water, and the stream of women's rights law has become a sudden rushing torrent."
- Shana Alexander
(Related: Women, Rights, Law, Water)

"If we don't take effective measures now, the Netherlands could be torn between two extreme rights."
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
(Related: Extreme, Rights, Now)

"A lot of things happened in a lot of places. And to see how well it was handled in Atlanta. There are a lot of reasons for Atlanta being a special town in the Civil Rights era."
- Ivan Allen
(Related: Being, Civil rights)

"My situation should have been a lot worse. By rights I shouldn't have survived the crash."
- Rick Allen
(Related: Rights)

"They don't have special rights because we have civil rights laws that protect them. The laws work both ways."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Work, Civil rights, Laws)

"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
(Related: Argument, Rights, Religious)

"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)

"For a successful revolution it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Successful, Conviction, Discontent, Revolution, Rights, Importance, Justice, Necessity)

"We support President Truman's civil rights program."
- Eugenie Anderson
(Related: Civil rights, President, Support)

"The music rights at the time cost me $12,000 in 1964 money, which is about double now or whatever. But I cleared everything. I had a lawyer in New York. And it was cleared for use in a short subject, not a feature."
- Kenneth Anger
(Related: Music, Time, Money, Rights, Now)

"I have encountered riotous mobs and have been hung in effigy, but my motto is: Men's rights are nothing more. Women's rights are nothing less."
- Susan B. Anthony
(Related: Men, Women, Rights, Nothing)

"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less."
- Susan B. Anthony
(Related: Men, Women, Rights, Nothing)

"Music video directors, who conceive, write and direct these works, enjoy no creative rights, receive no ongoing financial benefit from the sale of our work, and many times are not even credited."
- Michael Apted
(Related: Music, Work, Financial, Rights)

"If you don't have the rights, you can't do the show."
- Roone Arledge
(Related: Rights)

"As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember."
- Neil Armstrong
(Related: Legends, Memories)

"We like to engage in a normal publishing effort, which is to act in a responsible manner and make sure the material is not likely to harm anyone, that it is properly investigated by quality news organizations, and by lawyers and human rights groups and so on."
- Julian Assange
(Related: Quality, Act, Effort, Rights, Harm, Human rights, Lawyers, News, Publishing)

"I came from a family who believed in, in quotes, the Rights of Man, who believed that in order to justify the sort of luxurious life that the majority of us have, related to the whole world, that you had to do something."
- Richard Attenborough
(Related: Family, Life, Rights, Majority, Man, Order, Quotes, World)

"I do not believe that defending traditional marriage between one man and one woman excludes anybody or usurps anybody's civil rights and denies anybody their civil rights."
- Alan Autry
(Related: Marriage, Civil rights, Man, Woman)

"It is an honor to be awarded with such a high rating from an organization as well respected as the NAACP. I am pleased that the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation, has recognized my voting record."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Civil rights, Honor, Nation, Voting)

"The Republicans would like to take us back to a darker time, when corporations ruled and the underserved had no rights."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Time, Corporations, Rights, Republicans)

"The American people depend on these federal employees to process, investigate, and adjudicate applications for immigration rights and benefits in a timely and thorough manner."
- Joe Baca
(Related: People, American, Benefits, Employees, Rights)

"Gun control means being able to hit your target. If I have a 'hot button' issue, this is definitely it. Don't even think about taking my guns. My rights are not negotiable, and I am totally unwilling to compromise when it comes to the Second Amendment."
- Michael Badnarik
(Related: Control, Being, Compromise, Rights)

"Communities don't have rights. Only individuals in the community have rights."
- Michael Badnarik
(Related: Community, Rights)

"Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee."
- F. Lee Bailey
(Related: Committee, Congress, Rights, Today)

"I thought I had the rights to The Lord of the Rings. I don't know how Jackson ended up with the rights."
- Ralph Bakshi
(Related: Thought, Rights)

"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
(Related: People, Country, Democracy, Fight, Rights)

"Fifty percent of our country that we own, have all legal jurisdiction, have all rights to do whatever we want, lies beneath the sea and we have better maps of Mars than that 50 percent."
- Robert Ballard
(Related: Legal, Country, Rights, Lies, Sea, Want)

"Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect."
- George Bancroft
(Related: People, Authority, Rights, Respect)

"The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another."
- George Bancroft
(Related: Men, Class, Rights, Measure)

"John Brown first swam into my vision in the 1960s when I was a political activist in the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement at Chapel Hill, where I went to university."
- Russell Banks
(Related: Vision, Civil rights, First, University)

"Judge Roberts has assured me personally that he has a healthy respect for precedent and the hard-won rights of Americans."
- Max Baucus
(Related: Americans, Rights, Respect)

"There are significant human rights abuses in China. In some areas, the situation is worse today than in the past. In other areas, there have been improvements. We will recognize the latter, and be critical of the former."
- Max Baucus
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Past, Today, Will)

"You look at the whole Human Rights questions, I happened to be there at just the right time when the country was awakening - this goes to the first question you asked - the whole country was awakening to a hundred years of injustice that hadn't been resolved yet."
- Birch Bayh
(Related: Time, Country, First, Rights, Human rights, Injustice, Question, Questions, Years)

"We must do all we can to help improve the deplorable human rights situation of the North Korean people."
- Evan Bayh
(Related: People, Rights, Help, Human rights)

"Taxpayers should not be coerced into giving up their privacy rights just to file their taxes."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Rights, Giving, Privacy, Taxes)

"What we don't have a right to is healthcare, housing, or handouts. We don't have those rights."
- Glenn Beck
(Related: Rights, Healthcare)

"Let me go over this again on the reclaiming the civil rights movement. People of faith that believe that you have an equal right to justice - that is the essence. And if it's not the essence, then we've been sold a pack of lies. The essence is everyone deserves a shot - the content of character, not the color of skin."
- Glenn Beck
(Related: Faith, People, Character, Civil rights, Content, Justice, Lies, Skin)

"Northern Uganda presents a situation of extraordinary violation of the rights of children."
- Carol Bellamy
(Related: Children, Rights)

"By ratifying the Convention, governments become legally bound to implement the rights therein."
- Carol Bellamy
(Related: Rights)

"And most importantly perhaps, children can learn about their rights, share their knowledge with the children of other nations, identify problems with them and establish how they might work together to address them."
- Carol Bellamy
(Related: Work, Knowledge, Children, Rights, Nations, Problems)

"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)

"Here once again education is crucial, it enables children to be become more aware of their rights and to exercise them in a respectful manner which helps them shape their own future."
- Carol Bellamy
(Related: Education, Children, Exercise, Future, Rights)

"America's support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world."
- William Bennett
(Related: America, Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Support, World)

"Iran has a dismal record on human rights."
- Howard Berman
(Related: Rights, Human rights)

"The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more."
- Georges Bernanos
(Related: Rights, State)

"Civil Rights opened the windows. When you open the windows, it does not mean that everybody will get through. We must create our own opportunities."
- Mary Frances Berry
(Related: Civil rights, Open, Will, Windows)

"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
(Related: Life, Rights, Songs)

"The judiciary must not take on the coloration of whatever may be popular at the moment. We are guardian of rights, and we have to tell people things they often do not like to hear."
- Rose E. Bird
(Related: People, Rights, May, Popular)

"I am strongly pro-life, and have fought to protect the rights of the unborn my entire career. I will continue to fight for this cause because I value the sanctity of all human life."
- Rob Bishop
(Related: Life, Career, Cause, Fight, Rights, Value, Will)

"It is precisely because the issue raised by this case touches the heart of what makes individuals what they are that we should be especially sensitive to the rights of those whose choices upset the majority."
- Harry A. Blackmun
(Related: Heart, Choices, Rights, Majority)

"The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights."
- William Blackstone
(Related: Rights, Nothing, Protection, Public)

"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
(Related: Education, Health, Care, Chance, Civil rights, Giving, Privilege, Public)

"I had the training at drama school where I studied Shakespeare and Brecht and Chekov and all these period historical playwrights and I think that I responded to the material."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Drama, School, Shakespeare, Training)

"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
(Related: Country, Rights)

"It was the biggest suppression of voting rights in our country's history since Jim Crow. And the thread of race runs from the beginning to the end of my book."
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Related: History, Beginning, Country, End, Rights, Race, Voting)

"The very purpose of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is to protect minority rights against majority voters. Every court decision that strikes down discriminatory legislation, including past Supreme Court decisions, affirming the fundamental rights to marry the person you love, overrules a majority decision."
- David Boies
(Related: Love, Decision, Purpose, Constitution, Court, Decisions, Rights, Legislation, Majority, Minority, Past)

"A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills."
- W. E. B. Du Bois
(Related: Work, Civil rights, Complaint, Credit)

"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
(Related: Film, First, Rights, Influence)

"A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Fight, Rights, Man, Will)

"And I've tried to give us a higher profile. Typically, at a board meeting, we'd pass resolutions about the civil-rights issue of the day, but we'd never tell anyone. So I've instituted a policy of announcing our resolutions at the end of our meetings."
- Julian Bond
(Related: Policy, Day, End, Meeting, Meetings)

"When they favor the access of other people to education and health care, the countries of the North not only demonstrate generosity or solidarity, but also implement the principles of respecting and promoting human rights."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Education, Health, People, Care, Countries, Rights, Generosity, Human rights, Principles, Solidarity)

"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
(Related: Power, Democracy, Focus, Rights, Human rights, Now, Respect, Struggle, Years)

"I mean to defend the rights of individuals in a liberal prospect."
- Emma Bonino
(Related: Rights, Liberal)

"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)

"In regards to The Haunting, people compared it to the old movie, which is unfair. We didn't have the rights to the movie. I couldn't duplicate a single thing because that would have been legal infringement."
- Jan de Bont
(Related: Legal, People, Rights, Old)

"Some of the folks on both sides might be sincere, but it does seem as if it is only the opposition that cares about the Bill of Rights most of the time."
- James Bovard
(Related: Time, Rights, Opposition)

"Some politicians are aware of the Bill of Rights. It seems that the opposition party is far more likely to invoke it, to wave it in the air, this is what we saw from a lot of republicans during the Clinton Administration, and we are seeing the same from Democrats under Bush."
- James Bovard
(Related: Democrats, Rights, Opposition, Party, Politicians, Republicans)

"It is unfortunate that Americans are no longer aware of what the constitution says and what their rights are. Because of that, we are often very passive about what happens when the government violates those rights."
- James Bovard
(Related: Government, Americans, Constitution, Rights)

"As long as enough people can be frightened, then all people can be ruled. That is how it works in a democratic system and mass fear becomes the ticket to destroy rights across the board."
- James Bovard
(Related: People, Fear, Rights)

"With so many of our fundamental rights hanging in the balance, it is not good enough to simply roll the dice, hoping a nominee has changed his past views. It's not good enough to think, 'This is the best we can expect from this president'."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Balance, Rights, Past, President)

"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
(Related: Women, Government, Development, Denial, Rights, Prosperity, Wrong)

"We know no document is perfect, but when we amend the Constitution, it would be to expand rights, not to take away rights from decent, loyal Americans. This great Constitution of ours should never be used to make a group of Americans permanent second-class citizens."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Americans, Constitution, Rights)

"I think Democrats are right. We fight for the American dream, for the environment, for privacy rights, a woman's right to choose, a good public education system."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Education, Dream, American, Democrats, Environment, Fight, Rights, Privacy, Public, Woman)

"I don't believe gun owners have rights."
- Sarah Brady
(Related: Rights)

"Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss."
- Nathaniel Branden
(Related: People, Rights, Integrity, Respect)

"The really important victory of the civil rights movement was that it made racism unpopular, whereas a generation ago at the turn of the last century, you had to embrace racism to get elected to anything."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: Victory, Civil rights, Racism)

"I think the legacy of the civil rights movement is that now whites are more open to being represented by people of color or people who are women or, again, non-traditional candidates."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: Women, People, Being, Civil rights, Now, Open)

"When you consider what Tony Blair was saying about liberty, human rights and that sort of thing, it would be terribly revolutionary to sell the speeches he and Jack Straw made in 1994."
- Rory Bremner
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Liberty, Saying)

"The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end."
- William J. Brennan
(Related: Dignity, End, Freedom, Rights, Man, Quest, Will)

"The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting."
- William J. Brennan, Jr.
(Related: Government, Rights)

"It may be an extreme example brought about by abnormal circumstances - but the criteria of human rights kick in, surely, precisely when the conditions are extreme and the situation is abnormal."
- Breyten Breytenbach
(Related: Circumstances, Example, Extreme, Rights, Human rights, May)

"The predominant yardstick of your government is not human rights but national interests."
- Breyten Breytenbach
(Related: Government, Rights, Human rights)

"Tyranny Absolves all faith; and who invades our rights, However his own commence, can never be But an usurper."
- Henry Brooke
(Related: Faith, Rights, Tyranny)

"Workers organized and fought for worker rights and food safety, Social Security and Medicare - they fought to change government. And they won."
- Sherrod Brown
(Related: Change, Food, Government, Rights, Safety, Security, Workers)

"When this boy was brought to Dr. Young, his name being William, the same as mine, my mother was ordered to change mine to something else. This, at the time, I thought to be one of the most cruel acts that could be committed upon my rights."
- William Wells Brown
(Related: Change, Time, Mother, Thought, Being, Rights, Name)

"The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization, is entirely with ourselves."
- William Wells Brown
(Related: Civilization, Battle, Rights, Struggle)

"We must take proactive steps to promote democracy and human rights abroad."
- Sam Brownback
(Related: Democracy, Rights, Human rights)

"For the gay establishment, the death of right and wrong began when gaining civil rights ceased to be enough."
- Tammy Bruce
(Related: Death, Civil rights, Gay, Wrong)

"The E.U. is more than just a trade organization or a common market; it is a guarantee of democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights. Nations cannot stay in the E.U. if they do not respect these guarantees."
- John Bruton
(Related: Democracy, Freedom, Rights, Human rights, Justice, Nations, Respect, Trade)

"Of course the EU and member states must work to ensure that people moving from one country to another understand their obligations and their rights in areas like health, road safety and further education."
- John Bruton
(Related: Education, Work, Health, People, Country, Rights, Road, Safety, states)

"The Imperial German Government will not expect the Government of the United States to omit any word or any act necessary to the performance of its sacred duty of maintaining the rights of the United States and its citizens and of safeguarding their free exercise and enjoyment."
- William Jennings Bryan
(Related: Government, Performance, Act, Duty, Enjoyment, Exercise, Rights, states, United, Will, Word)

"Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others."
- William Jennings Bryan
(Related: Civilization, American, Rights, Respect, Will)

"The pure connecting factor is that those of us who describe ourselves as feminists want equal rights for all people."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: People, Rights, Want)

"If we must die, we die defending our rights."
- Sitting Bull
(Related: Rights)

"As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence against women becomes a government's obligation, not just a good idea."
- Charlotte Bunch
(Related: Women, Idea, Government, Effort, End, Rights, Human rights, Obligation, Violence)

"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
(Related: Women, Rights)

"We remain at peace with all nations, and no efforts on my part consistent with the preservation of our rights and the honor of the country shall be spared to maintain a position so consonant to our institutions."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Peace, Country, Rights, Honor, Nations)

"There can be no assumption that today's majority is "right" and the Amish and others like them are "wrong." A way of life that is odd or even erratic but interferes with no rights or interests of others is not to be condemned because it is different."
- Warren E. Burger
(Related: Life, Rights, Majority, Today)

"America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Peace, America, Beliefs, Desire, Dignity, Rights, Man, Mission, Nation, Woman)

"Clearly you need a new team to go out to bat on your behalf; to fight for your rights and to report back to you personally and to the leadership of the IFP."
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi
(Related: Leadership, Fight, Rights)

"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
(Related: Defense, Fight, Rights)

"Relativism should be confronted where it damages fundamental human rights, because we're not relativists if we believe that the human being should be at the centre of society and the rights of every human being should be respected."
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Related: Society, Being, Rights, Human rights)

"That's what the Senate is about. It's the last bastion of minority rights, where a minority can be heard, where a minority can stand on its feet, one individual if necessary, and speak until he falls into the dust."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Feet, Rights, Minority, Senate)

"I don't know of many evangelicals who want to deny gay couples their legal rights. However, most of us don't want to call it marriage, because we think that word has religious connotations, and we're not ready to see it used in ways that offend us."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Legal, Marriage, Rights, Gay, Religious, Want, Word)

"I contend the state ought to do its thing and provide legal rights for all couples who want to be joined together for life. The church should bless unions that it sees fit to bless, and they should be called marriages."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Legal, Life, Church, Rights, State, Want)

"Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Breeding, Rights)

"So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn't because of Black Power, isn't because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it's not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities."
- Stokely Carmichael
(Related: Power, Cities, Civil rights, Committee)

"There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites."
- Stokely Carmichael
(Related: Civil rights, Liberal, Voice)

"Integration is a man's ability to want to move in there by himself. If someone wants to live in a white neighborhood and he is black, that is his choice. It should be his rights. It is not because white people will not allow him."
- Stokely Carmichael
(Related: People, Ability, Choice, Rights, Man, Want, Will)

"I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people."
- Stokely Carmichael
(Related: People, Civil rights, Country)

"I made a series of wrong decisions about moderately recent books, and I've sold the rights to studios for ridiculous amounts of money and the films have never been made. That's the saddest thing of all, because they're locked up and no one else can make them."
- John Le Carre
(Related: Money, Books, Decisions, Rights, Wrong)

"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: America, Rights, Human rights, Sense)

"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
(Related: Happiness, Life, Survival, Rights, Human rights, Liberty, Pursuit, Spiritual)

"Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Soul, Policy, Foreign policy, Rights, Human rights, Sense)

"At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Work, Rights, Heroes, Human rights, Oppression, Support, Victims)

"The rights of the individual are greatly prized in the developed world, but in many other regions they are considered a luxury reserved for the impossibly wealthy."
- Silvia Cartwright
(Related: Rights, Luxury, World)

"Whose rights will we acknowledge? Whose human dignity will we respect? For whose well-being will we, as a people, assume responsibility?"
- Robert Casey
(Related: People, Dignity, Rights, Respect, Responsibility, Will)

"The single outstanding exception was the broad yet precise mandate communicated by the General Assembly in 1946 to prepare as soon as possible the Charter of Human Rights which the San Francisco Conference had not had the time or the courage to draw up."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: Time, Courage, Rights, Human rights)

"The implementation measures of both Covenants, but especially those of the Covenant concerning civil and political rights, were considerably weakened to the point where they assumed an optional character."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: Character, Rights)

"Similarly, the problem of the rights of the state in the disposition of inheritances left by individuals presents social aspects of the first importance."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: First, Rights, Importance, State)

"As corollaries to the right of every individual to life and to full participation in society, the Declaration incorporated in the list of human rights the right to work and a certain number of economic, social, and cultural rights."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: Life, Work, Society, Rights, Human rights, Participation)

"As a consequence of these hesitations and of the vague character of such innovations, the Commission on Human Rights itself had doubts from the beginning about its role and its functions in general."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: Character, Beginning, Rights, Human rights)

"The only compensation, gained through the influence of nongovernmental organizations, consisted in slightly broadening for private individuals the possibility of access and appeal to the agencies enforcing the Covenant concerned with civil and political rights."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: Possibility, Rights, Influence)

"It is true that they paid much more attention to the trade unions because the trade unions were after all speaking for the rights and conditions of working men and women in their employment."
- Barbara Castle
(Related: Men, Women, Attention, Rights, Trade)

"Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger."
- Michael N. Castle
(Related: African, American, Civil rights, Famous, Literature, Struggle)

"I had advocated the establishment of a Negro industrial commission. I had gestured against the growth of monopoly power. I had introduced a few civil rights bills."
- Emanuel Celler
(Related: Power, Growth, Civil rights)

"Somebody who was born in this country who visited China would later face difficulty getting back in to the USA. We have to keep in mind that the struggles of the Chinese against these exclusion laws really laid down the foundations of civil rights law."
- Iris Chang
(Related: Civil rights, Country, Difficulty, Law, Laws, Mind)

"Their prejudice allowed white Southerners to look the other way when blacks were denied their most basic human rights, and it encouraged the worst of them to engage in unspeakable acts of cruelty and violence."
- Linda Chavez
(Related: Cruelty, Rights, Human rights, Prejudice, Violence)

"Since January 2002, when the United States began detaining at Guantanamo Bay enemy combatants captured in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other fronts in the war on terror, critics have complained of human rights abuses."
- Linda Chavez
(Related: War, Afghanistan, Enemy, Rights, Human rights, Iraq, states, Terror, United)

"When you are in the family... you have more rights than when you are asking to join and knocking on the door."
- Jacques Chirac
(Related: Family, Rights)

"The liberals in the House strongly resemble liberals I have known through the last two decades in the civil rights conflict. When it comes time to show on which side they will be counted, they excuse themselves."
- Shirley Chisholm
(Related: Time, Civil rights, Conflict, Liberals, Will)

"But if USA has 1.3 billion people, USA would have the same human rights problem just like China."
- Alex Chiu
(Related: People, Rights, Human rights)

"We have a human rights interest. Then there is the immigration problem. The human-rights violations have caused people to take to boats and flood not only the United States, but other countries in the region, creating great instability."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: People, Boats, Countries, Rights, Human rights, Interest, states, United)

"My only regret is that I signed away the world rights and in America they've been far and away my most successful books, but I never saw a cent from any of it."
- Jonathan Coe
(Related: Successful, America, Books, Rights, Regret, World)

"The most important of all rights is the right to life, and I cannot foresee a day when domesticated animals will be granted that right in law."
- J. M. Coetzee
(Related: Life, Animals, Day, Rights, Law, Will)

"Strictly speaking, my interest is not in legal rights for animals but in a change of heart towards animals."
- J. M. Coetzee
(Related: Change, Legal, Heart, Animals, Rights, Interest)

"We really have to be willing to find out who we are instead of rebelling for the equal rights that we've been denied, that we do deserve."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Rights)

"I am a technological activist. I have a political agenda. I am in favor of basic human rights: to free speech, to use any information and technology, to purchase and use recreational drugs, to enjoy and purchase so-called 'vices', to be free of intruders, and to privacy."
- Bram Cohen
(Related: Technology, Drugs, Free speech, Information, Privacy)

"I am an American citizen and feel I am entitled to the same rights as any other citizen."
- Nat King Cole
(Related: American, Rights)

"A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up."
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Related: Rights, Man, Woman)

"The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not."
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Related: Men, Rights, Woman)

"My friends in the Congress, I have known Coretta King since I went south during the civil rights movement as a lawyer. She was a vibrant, consistent, totally dedicated partner with her husband."
- John Conyers
(Related: HusbCivil rights, Congress, Friends)

"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)

"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
(Related: Government, People, Rights, states, United)

"Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Rights, Property)

"Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Men, Nature, Body, Challenge, Rights, Laws, Protection)

"Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving the citizen as much freedom of action and of being as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner."
- James F. Cooper
(Related: Happiness, Action, Being, Freedom, Rights, Individuality, Liberty, Order)

"Rosa Parks will be remembered for her lasting contributions to society. Her legacy lives on in the continued struggle for civil rights around the world. She will be missed."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Society, Civil rights, Struggle, Will, World)

"The civil rights movement would experience many important victories, but Rosa Parks will always be remembered as its catalyst."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Experience, Civil rights, Will)

"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
(Related: People, Being, Civil rights, Symbol, Woman)

"When I was young and we got caught pinching apples, we got a smack from the local policeman. Today if that happened he would be sued. There is a tendency to punish the victim, not the criminal. If someone broke into my house or my mum's house, I worry that the burglar has more rights than me."
- Simon Cowell
(Related: Apples, Rights, Today, Worry)

"I certainly respect privacy and privacy rights. But on the other hand, the first function of government is to guarantee the security of all the people."
- Phil Crane
(Related: Government, People, First, Rights, Privacy, Respect, Security)

"The Constitution was the expression not only of a political faith, but also of political fears. It was wrought both as the organ of the national interest and as the bulwark of certain individual and local rights."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: Faith, Constitution, Expression, Rights, Interest)

"Without amendments we would never even have had the Bill of Rights."
- Adrian Cronauer
(Related: Rights)

"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
(Related: Rights, Property)

"Americans of our own time - minority and majority Americans alike - need the continued guidance that the Voting Rights Act provides. We have come a long way, but more needs to be done."
- Elijah Cummings
(Related: Time, Act, Americans, Rights, Guidance, Majority, Minority, Needs, Voting)

"It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death."
- Elijah Cummings
(Related: Death, American, Civil rights, Journey, Unemployment, Violence, Workers)

"I believe public education is the new civil rights battle and I support charter schools."
- Andrew Cuomo
(Related: Education, Battle, Civil rights, Public, Schools, Support)

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active."
- John Philpot Curran
(Related: Fate, Rights)

"We are forced by the major publishers to include electronic rights in the contracts we make with publishers for new books. And there's very little we can do about that."
- Richard Curtis
(Related: Books, Rights)

"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
(Related: Rights, Will)

"Upon the Constitution, upon the pre-existing legal rights of the People, as understood in this country and in England, I have argued that this House is bound to revive the Petition under debate."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Legal, People, Constitution, Country, Debate, EnglRights)

"Some of them, in accepting the proposed plan of government, coupled their acceptance with a recommendation of various additions to the Constitution, which they deemed essential to the preservation of the rights of the States, or of the People."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Government, People, Acceptance, Constitution, Rights, states)

"The standing orders of the Parliamentary Party, however, apply to me, apply to every other Member of the Parliamentary Labour Party and they put into a context the way in which those rights to freedom of speech should be exercised."
- Ron Davies
(Related: Freedom, Rights, Party, Speech)

"Now, I think that in acknowledging that every individual Member of Parliament and indeed every individual member of the Labour Party, has rights to express their view in a spirit of tolerance."
- Ron Davies
(Related: Rights, Now, Parliament, Party, Spirit, Tolerance)

"I'm involved in the work around prison rights in general."
- Angela Davis
(Related: Work, Rights, Prison)

"I believe every child has the right to a mother and a father. Men and women are not the same. That's not to say they're not entitled to equal rights, but they are not the same."
- Mark Davis
(Related: Men, Women, Mother, Father, Rights)

"The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody."
- Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Related: Civil rights)

"Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary is facing at least two official objections to his public statements along with expensive hearings before the Alberta Human Rights Commission for expressing his biblical views on same sex marriage."
- Stockwell Day
(Related: Marriage, Sex, Rights, Human rights, Public)

"But let her remember, that it is in Britain alone, that laws are equally favourable to liberty and humanity; that it is in Britain the sacred rights of nature have received their most awful ratification."
- Thomas Day
(Related: Nature, Rights, Humanity, Laws, Liberty)

"Rarely in my 45 years as a civil rights lawyer have I been so angry about an injustice as I am about what happened to Billy Ray Johnson."
- Morris Dees
(Related: Civil rights, Injustice, Years)

"Today is a celebration of hope for the Iraqi people. The Iraqi people can now take control of their government and their future by creating a society that protects the rights endowed to us by our creator - life, liberty and freedom."
- Jim DeMint
(Related: Government, Society, Life, People, Control, Hope, Freedom, Future, Rights, Liberty, Now, Today)

"The embattled gates to equal rights indeed opened up for modern women, but I sometimes think to myself; that is not what I meant by freedom, it is only social progress."
- Helene Deutsch
(Related: Women, Progress, Freedom, Rights)

"We wish to be citizens of the United States or citizens of Puerto Rico. In either case, with all the inherent rights of a natural sovereignty."
- Jose de Diego
(Related: Rights, states, United)

"If we're going to change the laws, let's change them in ways which makes it easier to catch criminals, and yet at the same time protect the Second Amendment rights of our law-abiding citizens."
- John Dingell
(Related: Change, Time, Rights, Law, Laws)

"Low-income taxpayers deserve the same rights as everyone else. It was wrong of the IRS to target low-income taxpayers, and I am please by the decision to correct this unfair practice."
- Christopher Dodd
(Related: Decision, Rights, Practice, Wrong)

"When the public's right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered."
- Christopher Dodd
(Related: Free speech, Rights, Press, Public, Risk)

"Working families need to know that we will work to protect their health needs, promote the development of safe, effective medicines, and guarantee patient rights."
- Christopher Dodd
(Related: Health, Work, Development, Rights, Needs, Will)

"It is quite clear that compelling content, which is made available on economic terms that respect the intellectual rights of owners, can be a tremendous spur to the growth of broadband networks."
- John Doerr
(Related: Growth, Content, Rights, Respect)

"If the U.N. were to be successful in its efforts to control the Internet, countries where human rights records range from questionable to criminal could be put in charge of determining what is and is not allowed to appear online."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Successful, Control, Countries, Rights, Human rights, Internet)

"To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker."
- Frederick Douglass
(Related: Free speech, Rights, Wrong)

"Well, I think that it is complicated in that the first four albums were all with Universal so they have the rights to that and therefore it is a lot easier for them to do that period."
- Geoff Downes
(Related: First, Rights)

"Property has its duties as well as its rights."
- Thomas Drummond
(Related: Rights, Property)

"I don't call myself a white supremacist. I'm a civil rights activist concerned about European-American rights."
- David Duke
(Related: Civil rights)

"Absolutely committed to spending the rest of my life as a spokesman for the rights of European Americans."
- David Duke
(Related: Life, Americans, Rights, Rest)

"The Eleanor Roosevelt Award that I received for women's rights activities is one I treasure."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Women, Rights, Treasure)

"There is no room for legal hair-splitting when it comes to the humane treatment of detainees - not in a nation founded on the rule of law and respect for human rights."
- Dick Durbin
(Related: Legal, Rights, Hair, Human rights, Law, Nation, Respect, Treatment)

"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
(Related: Government, Civil liberties, Evolution, Rights)

"When a person is humiliated, when his rights are being violated, and he does not have the proper education, naturally he gravitates toward terrorism."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Education, Being, Rights, Terrorism)

"The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Idea, Rights, Human rights, Nothing)

"When we criticize in Iran the actions of the government, the fundamentalists say that we and the Bush Administration are in the same camp. The funny thing is that human rights activists and Mr. Bush can never be situated in the same group."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Funny, Government, Actions, Rights, Human rights)

"My aim is to show that those governments that violate the rights of people by invoking the name of Islam have been misusing Islam."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: People, Islam, Rights, Name)

"Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Religion, Civilization, Rights, Human rights)

"I hope the example of Saddam Hussein will give a lesson to leaders of other countries where human rights are not respected."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Hope, Countries, Example, Rights, Human rights, Leaders, Will)

"Lawyers should not be charged with the same crimes as their clients. Trials related to political charges are not in accordance with human rights."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Clients, Rights, Human rights, Lawyers, Trials)

"The definition of winning has become distorted. If winning the rights to a property brings with it hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, what have you won? When faced with the prospect of heavy financial losses, we have consistently walked away and have done so again."
- Dick Ebersol
(Related: Financial, Winning, Rights, Property)

"We have in the last two years, we have passed 350 legislation in the parliament, most of which deal with democratization, human rights, and of course, economy."
- Bulent Ecevit
(Related: Economy, Rights, Human rights, Legislation, Parliament, Years)

"In college, I got interested in news because the world was coming apart. The civil rights movement, the antiwar movement, the women's right movement. That focused my radio ambitions toward news."
- Bob Edwards
(Related: Women, Civil rights, College, News, World)

"At the time I attempted to purchase the rights back for the 3 Homestead records, but the owner demanded an outrageous sum in the neighborhood of $10,000, about 10 times more money than I could get my hands on at the time."
- Mark Edwards
(Related: Money, Time, Rights)

"We receive reports now on a daily basis from our own people on the ground in Darfur on widespread atrocities and grave violations of human rights against the civilian population."
- Jan Egeland
(Related: People, Rights, Grave, Human rights, Now, Population)

"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
(Related: Successful, Court, Defiance, Rights)

"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
(Related: Politics, People, Rights, Profession)

"I thought it must be pure science fiction. But when I checked it out I found a lot of magazine articles that actually supported the theory behind the book which was incredible. That's when I decided to acquire the rights of the book and everything went from there."
- Roland Emmerich
(Related: Science, Thought, Fiction, Rights, Theory)

"The freedom of thought and expression is one of the most sacred rights in this country."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: Thought, Country, Expression, Freedom, Rights)

"We all would like to see a brighter future for Haiti, and I hope this conference will serve to explore many views. Respect for human rights, freedom, and the rule of law must be established in the poorest nation in our hemisphere."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: Hope, Freedom, Future, Rights, Human rights, Law, Nation, Respect, Will)

"All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence that changed this nation - and world - for the better."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: Gratitude, Americans, Bravery, Civil rights, Commitment, Debt, Nation, Nonviolence, World)

"Paramount is the need to secure human rights. The form of rule should be such that the citizen does not have to fear the State, but gives it direction and confidently participates in its administration."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Fear, Direction, Rights, Human rights, State)

"After one year in the Texas League, the American League bought the rights to my contract. They optioned me back to the Texas League for the 1970 season."
- Jim Evans
(Related: American, Rights)

"The human rights community has focused very narrowly on political and civil rights for many decades, and with reason, but now we have to ask how can we broaden the view."
- Paul Farmer
(Related: Civil rights, Community, Human rights, Now, Reason)

"The only way to do the human rights thing is to do the right thing medically."
- Paul Farmer
(Related: Rights, Human rights)

"The thing about rights is that in the end you can't prove what should be considered a right."
- Paul Farmer
(Related: End, Rights)

"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
(Related: Medical, Care, Rights, Now, Vote, Water)

"Anyone who said he wasn't afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn't shake but inside I was shaking."
- James L. Farmer, Jr.
(Related: Imagination, Time, Civil rights)

"My dreams for the future are simple: work, a happy, healthy family, a lovely long motorcycle ride, and continuing the struggle to awaken people to the need for serious human rights reform."
- Mike Farrell
(Related: Dreams, Family, Work, People, Future, Rights, Human rights, Reform, Struggle)

"The criteria for serving one's country should be competence, courage and willingness to serve. When we deny people the chance to serve because of their sexual orientation, we deprive them of their rights of citizenship, and we deprive our armed forces the service of willing and capable Americans."
- Diane Feinstein
(Related: People, Courage, Americans, Chance, Citizenship, Competence, Country, Rights, Service)

"Well we are hoping that the power of the community of free nations is such that our sovereignty our rights are not going to be challenged by anybody who's going try to undermine the freedom, the openness of our societies and our security."
- Douglas Feith
(Related: Power, Community, Freedom, Rights, Nations, Security)

"In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many."
- Adam Ferguson
(Related: Rights, Pretension, State)

"I do not support abortion rights. Although what I would support in this vexed area is not clear to me."
- Stanley Fish
(Related: Abortion, Rights, Support)

"This foundational principle - that human beings derive their rights from God, rather than from the State, or any other source - is what made America different."
- Ernie Fletcher
(Related: God, America, Rights, State)

"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 supper."
- Larry Flynt
(Related: Rights, Majority, Sheep, Voting)

"Ukraine is also successfully moving toward democracy and making progress expanding freedoms and rights to its people. We can help Ukraine achieve these goals and improve its economy by normalizing trade relations."
- Vito Fossella
(Related: People, Progress, Goals, Democracy, Economy, Rights, Help, Trade)

"The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress."
- Charles Fourier
(Related: Women, Progress, Rights)

"I'm just glad that I have bragging rights to working with Bugs and Daffy."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Bragging, Bugs, Rights)

"Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as our prince of peace, of civil rights. We owe him something major that will keep his memory alive."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Peace, Civil rights, Martin, Memory, Will)

"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
(Related: Civil rights, Country)

"There must be a world revolution which puts an end to all materialistic conditions hindering woman from performing her natural role in life and driving her to carry out man's duties in order to be equal in rights."
- Muammar al Gaddafi
(Related: Life, Driving, End, Revolution, Rights, Man, Order, Woman, World)

"The House of Commons, refused to receive the addresses of the colonies, when the matter was pending; besides, we hold our rights neither from them nor from the Lords."
- Christopher Gadsden
(Related: Rights)

"The most desirable aspects of the Law of the Sea Treaty pertain to navigational rights."
- Frank Gaffney
(Related: Rights, Law, Sea)

"So the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is out there preserving and fighting for, and sometimes winning and sometimes losing, the fight for First Amendment rights in comics and, more generally, for freedom of speech."
- Neil Gaiman
(Related: Legal, Winning, Defense, Fight, Fighting, First, Freedom, Rights, Losing, Speech)

"The tragedy of the civil rights movement is that just as it achieved the beginning of the end of racial segregation, white educated elites became swept up in the glamour of the sexual revolution."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Beginning, Civil rights, End, Revolution, Glamour, Tragedy)

"The whole of the Bill is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of."
- Albert Gallatin
(Related: People, Rights, Majority)

"Since achieving their independence in 1992, the people of Croatia have built a democratic society based on the rule of law, respect for human rights, and a free market economy."
- Elton Gallegly
(Related: Society, People, Economy, Independence, Rights, Human rights, Law, Respect)

"People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights."
- Indira Gandhi
(Related: People, Forget, Rights)

"Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Duty, Rights, Worth)

"My office has been one of the most scrupulous in the country with regard to the protection of individual rights. I've been on record for years in law journals and books as championing the rights of the individual against the oppressive power of the state."
- Jim Garrison
(Related: Power, Books, Country, Rights, Law, Office, Protection, State, Years)

"Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion."
- William Lloyd Garrison
(Related: God, Sex, Being, Rights, May)

"You can not possibly have a broader basis for government than that which includes all the people, with all their rights in their hands, and with an equal power to maintain their rights."
- William Lloyd Garrison
(Related: Government, Power, People, Rights)

"The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will."
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
(Related: Rights, Mind, Will)

"Since the ousting and capture of Saddam Hussein by U.S. forces, civil rights and personal freedoms have been restored in Iraq, as well as equal rights to all, not just to Saddam's entourage of terrorists."
- Jim Gerlach
(Related: Civil rights, Iraq)

"What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins."
- Elbridge Gerry
(Related: People, Army, Rights, Liberty, Order)

"The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights."
- J. Paul Getty
(Related: Earth, Rights)

"I want to know how these very people who are against war because of loss of life can possibly be the same people who are for abortion? They are the same people who are for animal rights, but they are not for the rights of the unborn."
- Jim Gibbons
(Related: Life, War, People, Abortion, Rights, Loss, Want)

"Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Being, End, Rights)

"When a record co. finds a guy now, they want to own everything. They want to own the rights to market that person's particular name. They want a piece of the action all the way through."
- Mickey Gilley
(Related: Action, Rights, Name, Now, Want)

"Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own."
- William E. Gladstone
(Related: Happiness, Life, Home, God, Afghanistan, Eye, Rights, Winter)

"If China wants to be a constructive, active player in the world economy, it's got to respect intellectual property rights or it makes it pretty impossible to do business with them."
- Dan Glickman
(Related: Business, Economy, Rights, Pretty, Property, Respect, World)

"I'm a child of the Civil Rights Movement."
- Danny Glover
(Related: Civil rights)

"The real or supposed rights of man are of two kinds, active and passive; the right in certain cases to do as we list; and the right we possess to the forbearance or assistance of other men."
- William Godwin
(Related: Men, Rights, Man)

"The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Life, Love, Rights, Vocation)

"Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected."
- Samuel Gompers
(Related: People, Rights, Trade)

"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
(Related: Artists, Choices, Free speech, Rights, Help, Parents, Respect)

"It puts limits on criminals' rights to destroy unborn children without the permission of the woman."
- Lindsey Graham
(Related: Children, Rights, Limits, Woman)

"Human rights are not a privilege granted by the few, they are a liberty entitled to all, and human rights, by definition, include the rights of all humans, those in the dawn of life, the dusk of life, or the shadows of life."
- Kay Granger
(Related: Life, Dawn, Rights, Human rights, Liberty, Privilege, Shadows)

"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
(Related: Development, Civil rights, Myth, Reality)

"Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings."
- Frederick The Great
(Related: Arguments, Forget, Rights, Kings)

"I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot."
- Horace Greeley
(Related: Rights, Man)

"The Sherman Act is similar in the economics sphere to the Bill of Rights in the personal sphere."
- Harold H. Greene
(Related: Act, Economics, Rights)

"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
(Related: Work, Heart, Benefits, Dignity, Rights, Want)

"Animal-rights advocates remind us of this admonition: The ways in which people treat animals will be reflected in how people relate to one another."
- William Greider
(Related: People, Animals, Will)

"That's what he was saying, the civil rights movement - judge me for my character, not how black my skin is, not how yellow my skin is, how short I am, how tall or fat or thin; It's by my character."
- Pam Grier
(Related: Character, Civil rights, Saying, Skin)

"All I want to be is human and American and have all the same rights and I will shut up."
- Martha Griffiths
(Related: American, Rights, Want, Will)

"We grew up as kids watching those movies and we were exposed to themes of civil rights, unfairness, bigotry and fathers struggling against the kind of mob of the town, so you remember how you felt as a kid being taken seriously, that you are part of the human drama."
- Rachel Griffiths
(Related: Movies, Being, Bigotry, Civil rights, Drama, Fathers, Kids, Mob)

"The right to be let alone is the underlying principle of the Constitution's Bill of Rights."
- Erwin Griswold
(Related: Constitution, Rights)

"The copyright bargain: a balance between protection for the artist and rights for the consumer."
- Robin Gross
(Related: Artist, Balance, Rights, Protection)

"According to the Privacy Rights Center, up to 10 million Americans are victims of ID theft each year. They have a right to be notified when their most sensitive health data is stolen."
- Luis Gutierrez
(Related: Health, Americans, Rights, Privacy, Theft, Victims)

"I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what. The rest is public relations."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: Love, Rights, Gay, Lesbian, Public, Rest, Songs, Support)

"The United Nations has a critical role to play in promoting stability, security, democracy, human rights, and economic development. The UN is as relevant today as at any time in its history, but it needs reform."
- Chuck Hagel
(Related: Time, History, Development, Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Nations, Needs, Play, Reform, Security, Stability, Today, United)

"You hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, 'That man is a Red, that man is a Communist!' You never hear a real American talk like that."
- Frank Hague
(Related: Time, American, Free speech, Rights, Man, Press, Talk, Words)

"I think Col. North is first a U.S. citizen and he has the same rights as you yourself do, sir."
- Fawn Hall
(Related: First, Rights)

"The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased."
- Alexander Hamilton
(Related: Nature, Divinity, Rights, Human nature, Mankind, Old)

""Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Philosophy)

"Eyes is the attempt to tell the story of the Civil Rights movement and to create an emotional, intellectual constituency. But what do you do after that? The black community doesn't have institutions that pick up such moments and preserve them."
- Henry Hampton
(Related: Civil rights, Community, Eyes, Moments)

"Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists, human rights activists, it's all the same."
- Daryl Hannah
(Related: Being, Rights, Human rights)

"The Universal Declaration of Human Rights describes the family as the natural and fundamental unit of society. It follows that any choice and decision with regard to the size of the family must irrevocably rest with the family itself, and cannot be made by anyone else."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Family, Society, Decision, Choice, Rights, Human rights, Rest)

"But as population became denser, the natural chemical and biological recycling processes became overloaded, calling for a redefinition of property rights."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Rights, Population, Property, Recycling)

"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
(Related: Civil rights, Land, Law, Man)

"Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society... It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Society, Existence, Fact, Rights, Human rights)

"Civil rights are more important today than they ever have been in our country. There is so much divisiveness today."
- David Harris
(Related: Civil rights, Country, Today)

"When and under what conditions is the black man to have a free ballot? When is he in fact to have those full civil rights which have so long been his in law?"
- Benjamin Harrison
(Related: Civil rights, Fact, Law, Man)

"I love the ACLU and I'm concerned now, especially when it comes to our rights, with current politics and the religious community and the Conservative majority or minority - I don't know who they are."
- Debbie Harry
(Related: Love, Politics, Community, Conservative, Rights, Majority, Minority, Now, Religious)

"Judges who take the law into their own hands, who make up constitutional 'rights' in order to strike down laws they oppose, undermine the people's right to have their values shape public policy and define the culture."
- Orrin Hatch
(Related: People, Policy, Values, Culture, Judges, Law, Laws, Order, Public, Public policy, Right)

"The issue of civil rights was too much for the establishment to handle. One of the chapters of history that's least studied by historians is the 300 to 500 riots in the U.S. between 1965 and 1970."
- Tom Hayden
(Related: History, Civil rights, Historians)

"Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights."
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Related: Rights, World, Wrong)

"There is no contradiction between effective law enforcement and respect for civil and human rights. Dr. King did not stir us to move for our civil rights to have them taken away in these kinds of fashions."
- Dorothy Height
(Related: Civil rights, Contradiction, Human rights, Law, Respect)

"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)

"By rights you're a king. If I was you, I'd call for a new deal."
- O. Henry
(Related: Rights)

"How, then, can the rights of three men exceed the rights of two men? In what possible way can the rights of three men absorb the rights of two men, and make them as if they had never existed."
- Auberon Herbert
(Related: Men, Rights)

"And what sort of philosophical doctrine is thi - that numbers confer unlimited rights, that they take from some persons all rights over themselves, and vest these rights in others."
- Auberon Herbert
(Related: Doctrine, Rights, Numbers)

"Deny human rights, and however little you may wish to do so, you will find yourself abjectly kneeling at the feet of that old-world god, Force."
- Auberon Herbert
(Related: God, Feet, Force, Rights, Human rights, May, Old, Will)

"When I went off to the army when I was 17 years old, I believed in America and the rights of freedom. But today I believe my government is lying to the American people and that my president, George Bush, is a criminal."
- Jack Herer
(Related: Government, People, America, American, Army, Freedom, Rights, Lying, Old, President, Today, Years)

"A few years ago, there were requests to me, Can we make this? I said that I have no rights. Contact the Hitchcock estate, which won't release it for a remake."
- Patricia Highsmith
(Related: Rights, Years)

"If you forgive people enough you belong to them, and they to you, whether either person likes it or not squatter's rights of the heart."
- James Hilton
(Related: People, Heart, Rights)

"Let's deal with reality. The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom."
- Eric Holder
(Related: American, Rights, Osama bin laden, Reading, Reality, Will)

"The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom. That's the reality. He will be killed by us, or he will be killed by his own people so he's not captured by us. We know that."
- Eric Holder
(Related: People, American, Rights, Osama bin laden, Reading, Reality, Will)

"Men and women have roles - their roles are different, but their rights are equal."
- Harri Holkeri
(Related: Men, Women, Rights)

"In Finland we have equal political rights for women and men. We do not regard ourselves according to sex."
- Harri Holkeri
(Related: Women, Sex, Rights)

"When I wrote the song, The Way It Is, I wanted to move people to take a stand on civil rights in this country."
- Bruce Hornsby
(Related: People, Civil rights, Country, Song)

"I have also been attacked by my opponents as someone seeking to purge university faculties of leftist professors. This is false. The first provision of the Academic Bill of Rights is that no professor should be hired or fired because of his or her political views. I have never myself called for the firing of any professor for his or her political views, nor would I."
- David Horowitz
(Related: First, Rights, Opponents, University)

"I am aware that in presenting myself as the advocate of the Indians and their rights, I shall stand very much alone."
- Sam Houston
(Related: Rights)

"Men have as exaggerated an idea of their rights as women have of their wrongs."
- Edward W. Howe
(Related: Men, Women, Idea, Rights, Wrongs)

"Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind, and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people."
- Jinato Hu
(Related: People, Countries, Democracy, Rights, Mankind, Pursuit)

"The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: People, Duty, Rights)

"Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Rights, Man, Spirit)

"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)

"In this context, the church supports and favors every effort today to seek the full development of the personality of all human beings, and to promote their fundamental rights, their dignity and liberty."
- Claudio Hummes
(Related: Development, Church, Dignity, Effort, Favors, Rights, Liberty, Personality, Today)

"There are those who say to you - we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Civil rights, Years)

"I think clearly the United States, as well as other western nations, should stand by their commitments to human rights and democracy and should try to influence other countries to move in that direction."
- Samuel P. Huntington
(Related: Countries, Democracy, Direction, Rights, Human rights, Influence, Nations, states, United)

"There is no consensus even today on the merits of Napoleon - and certainly no agreement on the rights and wrongs of the origins of the First World War."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: War, Agreement, First, Rights, Today, World, World war, Wrongs)

"I didn't say 'former president,' I said 'president,' and I have the constitutional rights according to the constitution, including immunity from prosecution."
- Saddam Hussein
(Related: Constitution, Rights, President)

"God willing, we shall come to a stage where the world looks at the Palestinian question, and Palestinian rights on Palestinian national soil, as well as the questions of the occupied Syrian and Lebanese territories. These are the bases on which peace will be built."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Peace, God, Rights, Question, Questions, Will, World)

"We oppose occupation of land by force and we believe in dialogue as the method for regaining Arab rights. This is the spirit of the Great Arab Revolt."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Force, Rights, Land, Occupation, Spirit)

"I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Rights, Man)

"It is the Band which unites the Interests of Individuals; it secures to them their respective Rights, and preserves them from Injuries; it is the Source of numberless Blessings, which are interrupted, or wholly vanish, the Moment it is disturbed."
- Charles Inglis
(Related: Blessings, Rights)

"We must never forget that many around the globe are denied the basic rights we enjoy as Americans. If we are to continue enjoying these privileges and freedoms we must accept our mission of expanding democracy around the globe."
- James Inhofe
(Related: Americans, Democracy, Forget, Rights, Mission)

"When I started law school I was shocked to learn that our legal system traditionally had the man as the head and master of the family. As late as the '70s and '80s when we were fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment, states like Louisiana still had a head and master law."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Legal, Family, Fighting, Rights, Law, Man, School, states)

"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
(Related: War, People, Beliefs, Rights, Iraq, Property, Public, Religious, Want)

"Our economic freedom is founded on individual property rights; government should never be permitted to take those away."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Government, Freedom, Rights, Property)

"Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words, but human rights is very specific."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Democracy, Freedom, Rights, Human rights, Liberty, Words)

"Upholding human rights is not merely compatible with fighting terrorism, it is essential."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Fighting, Rights, Human rights, Terrorism)

"The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with - more speech and debate, not censorship."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Ideas, Americans, Beliefs, Censorship, Competition, Constitution, Debate, Democracy, First, Free speech, Rights)

"It would be easy to define terrorism as attacks against human rights and international humanitarian law forbids attacks against innocent non-combatants which is often the definition used for terrorism."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Law, Terrorism)

"If we destroy human rights and rule of law in the response to terrorism, they have won."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Law, Terrorism)

"You can't rise as a class. You have to rise individually. It's what many of the civil rights-era people don't understand."
- Alphonso Jackson
(Related: People, Civil rights, Class)

"All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Constitution, Rights, Nothing, Worth)

"As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Government, People, Conscience, Rights, Liberty, Press, Property, Will, Worth)

"I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: People, Successful, Corruption, Country, Day, Rights, Liberty, Office, Promises)

"The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Love, Men, People, Body, Country, Desire, Rights, Laws, Liberty, Nothing, states, United)

"The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth."
- Thomas J. Jackson
(Related: Country, Earth, Fighting, Rights)

"George W. Bush and his administration embarked on a full-scale assault on civil liberties, human rights and the rule of law, walking away from his international obligations, tearing up international treaties, protocols and UN conventions."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: Civil liberties, Rights, Human rights, Law, Walking)

"Most governments in Latin America have failed to recognize the rights of indigenous people and their right to their own traditional territories."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: People, America, Rights)

"I am not just a celebrity, I'm a human-rights advocate for the last 20 years."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: Celebrity, Years)

"The British Red Cross asked me to help them spearhead a fundraising campaign for the victims of the war in Nicaragua. It was a turning point in my life. It began my commitment to justice and human rights issues."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: War, Life, Commitment, Rights, Help, Human rights, Justice, Victims)

"Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking."
- Derek Jarman
(Related: Sex, Morality, Decision, Rights, Law, Sea, Sexuality)

"The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Government, War, Rights, Mankind, Open, Republican)

"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
(Related: Happiness, Men, Life, Rights, Liberty, Pursuit, Self)

"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
(Related: Action, Rights, Law, Liberty, Limits, Will)

"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
(Related: Rights, Law, Majority, Mind, Minority, Oppression, Will)

"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
(Related: Government, People, Rights, Rest)

"Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Rights, Man, Nothing)

"I have written about the dispossessed, immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy the same legal rights as men, the Palestinians who are deprived of their land and condemned to exile."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: Legal, Women, Rights, Land)

"In America there's no rights for the artist, so whatever films I've made kind of belong to the studio."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: America, Artist, Rights)

"As you know, in America there's no rights for the artist, so whatever films I've made kind of belong to the studio, so if they want to remake it they can."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: America, Artist, Rights, Want)

"We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter - and to write it in the books of law."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Time, Books, Country, Rights, Law, Now)

"What other nations call religious toleration, we call religious rights. They are not exercised in virtue of governmental indulgence, but as rights, of which government cannot deprive any portion of citizens, however small."
- Richard Mentor Johnson
(Related: Government, Virtue, Rights, Nations, Religious)

"I liked the name of the amendment. I couldn't help feeling uneasy that the church was opposing something with a name as beautiful as the Equal Rights Amendment."
- Sonia Johnson
(Related: Church, Feeling, Rights, Help, Name)

"I got out of the Army - in my world - I came to New York, for instance, when the civil rights movement was just beginning, and that created a certain energy, a certain rumble, a certain impetus for black actors."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Actors, Army, Beginning, Civil rights, Energy, World)

"The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it."
- Chief Joseph
(Related: Mother, People, Earth, Rights)

"Respect for the rights of others means peace."
- Benito Juarez
(Related: Peace, Rights, Respect)

"The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman."
- Junius
(Related: Rights, Liberty, Press, Religious)

"The Supreme Court, of course, has the responsibility of ensuring that our government never oversteps its proper bounds or violates the rights of individuals. But the Court must also recognize the limits on itself and respect the choices made by the American people."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Government, People, American, Choices, Court, Rights, Limits, Respect, Responsibility)

"Race to race, the Republicans are putting up candidates that are quite far out of the mainstream in terms of should we have passed the Civil Rights Act or does Social Security need to exist."
- Tim Kaine
(Related: Act, Civil rights, Race, Republicans, Security)

"In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so."
- Immanuel Kant
(Related: Ethics, Rights, Law, Man)

"We have seen voters denied their rights in recent elections as they have been incorrectly purged from lists, their absentee votes not counted, and voting machine integrity and security not assured."
- Marcy Kaptur
(Related: Elections, Rights, Integrity, Machine, Security, Voting)

"There are severe limitations on civil rights. In the international arena, Iran is turning into an isolated country, and the international community is becoming more hostile toward it."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Civil rights, Community, Country, Limitations)

"When Hegel later became a man of influence' he insisted that the Jews should be granted equal rights because civic rights belong to man because he is a man and not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion."
- Walter Kaufmann
(Related: Religion, Rights, Influence, Man)

"We are men, and propose to live like men in this free land, without the contamination of slave labor, or die like men, if need be, in asserting the rights of our race, our country, and our families."
- Denis Kearney
(Related: Men, Country, Rights, Labor, Land, Race)

"He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. it had to be some silly little Communist."
- Jackie Kennedy
(Related: Being, Civil rights, Satisfaction, Silly)

"Nations are equal in respect to each other, and entitled to claim equal consideration for their rights, whatever may be their relative dimensions or strength or however greatly they may differ in government, religion or manners."
- James Kent
(Related: Religion, Government, Strength, Consideration, Rights, Manners, May, Nations, Respect)

"The belief in some being who can be the judge of all human matters is a very comfortable one - all wrongs will be righted and all rights will be rewarded."
- Eli Khamarov
(Related: Belief, Being, Rights, Will, Wrongs)

"Those who have been outspoken in advocating human rights during these last forty years, have themselves grabbed the most fundamental of human rights from the people of the Third-World countries."
- Ali Hoseini Khamenei
(Related: People, Countries, Rights, Human rights, Years)

"The idea of human rights as a fundamental principle can be seen to underlie throughout Islamic teachings."
- Ali Hoseini Khamenei
(Related: Idea, Rights, Human rights)

"The issue of human rights is one of the most fundamental human issues and also one of the most sensitive and controversial."
- Ali Hoseini Khamenei
(Related: Rights, Human rights)

"It is not necessary to dwell on the political and social principles of Islam, to underline how close they also are in spirit to the concepts of human rights which govern the political and social systems of the West."
- Aly Khan
(Related: Islam, Rights, Human rights, Principles, Spirit)

"I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation."
- Coretta Scott King
(Related: Americans, Bigotry, Freedom, Rights, Human rights, Prejudice, Responsibility, Tolerance)

"We could in fact transport a person, say a kid who didn't know what it was like to be in a civil rights march. We could actually take you into that experience, so that you could better appreciate what happened and why it happened."
- Dexter S. King
(Related: Experience, Civil rights, Fact, March)

"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.
(Related: Life, Being, Earth, Rights, Man, Property, Respect)

"Marriage is sacred and protected and has nothing to do with violating our civil rights."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Marriage, Civil rights, Nothing)

"You don't have to love them. You just have to respect their rights."
- Edward Koch
(Related: Love, Rights, Respect)

"Right action tends to be defined in terms of general individual rights and standards that have been critically examined and agreed upon by the whole society."
- Lawrence Kohlberg
(Related: Society, Action, Rights)

"Europeans say they are proud of their social fabric, of strong rights for workers and the weak in society."
- David Korten
(Related: Society, Rights, Workers)

"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)

"I'm pretty political when it comes to human rights and things like that."
- Peter Krause
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Pretty)

"We treat sex so casually and use it for everything but what it is-which is ultimately making another human being with thoughts and feelings and rights."
- Lisa Kudrow
(Related: Sex, Feelings, Thoughts, Being, Rights)

"However, if the religions in essence merely repeat statements from the United Nations Human Rights Declaration, such a Declaration becomes superfluous; an ethic is more than rights."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Nations, United)

"And I think to be in NATO for the countries of our region, it means more guarantees for us, it means more responsibility for our common security, but it means fulfillment of all standards of civilized world, like protection of human rights and democratic mechanisms."
- Aleksander Kwasniewski
(Related: Countries, Fulfillment, Rights, Human rights, Protection, Responsibility, Security, World)

"The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
(Related: Life, Aspirations, Democracy, Dignity, Rights, Human rights, Struggle)

"It is often in the name of cultural integrity as well as social stability and national security that democratic reforms based on human rights are resisted by authoritarian governments."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Integrity, Name, National security, Stability)

"True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate."
- Marquis de Lafayette
(Related: People, Rights, Nation)

"When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties."
- Marquis de Lafayette
(Related: Government, People, Rights)

"Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word human."
- Suzanne Lafollette
(Related: People, Doubt, Rights, Human rights, Word)

"Moreover, as we live in an era of the ascendancy of democracy and human rights, we must see that Taiwan has been a vibrant democracy with a democratically elected president and legislature."
- Nick Lampson
(Related: Democracy, Rights, Human rights, President)

"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
(Related: Rights, Problems, Remedies)

"One of the biggest issues that we face is that we have people who have their own particular concerns, whether it's on abortion, birth control, divorce and remarriage, civil rights or social justice."
- William P. Leahy
(Related: People, Control, Abortion, Birth control, Civil rights, Divorce, Justice)

"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
(Related: Women, Congress, Rights, Support, Woman)

"Now that copyrights can be just about a century long, the inability to know what is protected and what is not protected becomes a huge and obvious burden on the creative process."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Burden, Now, Obvious)

"If the only way a library can offer an Internet exhibit about the New Deal is to hire a lawyer to clear the rights to every image and sound, then the copyright system is burdening creativity in a way that has never been seen before because there are no formalities."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Creativity, Rights, Internet, Sound)

"Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire, so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Congress, Will)

"The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement, in the overwhelming virtue of diversity, these were our religion. My parents worshipped those ideals."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: Religion, Belief, Values, Virtue, Civil rights, Diversity, Ideals, Parents)

"When the civil rights battle was won, all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class white people and all the blacks were still poor. Materially, not much changed."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: People, Artists, Battle, Civil rights, Class, Hippies, Middle class, Poor)

"While the men of the steel industry were going through blood and gas in defense of their rights and their homes and their families, elsewhere on the far-flung C.I.O. front the hosts of labor were advancing and intelligent and permanent progress was being made."
- John L. Lewis
(Related: Men, Progress, Being, Blood, Defense, Rights, Labor)

"The workers of the nation were tired of waiting for corporate industry to right their economic wrongs, to alleviate their social agony and to grant them their political rights. Despairing of fair treatment, they resolved to do something for themselves."
- John L. Lewis
(Related: Corporate, Rights, Nation, Treatment, Waiting, Workers, Wrongs)

"A hundred things are done today in the divine name of Youth, that if they showed their true colors would be seen by rights to belong rather to old age."
- Wyndham Lewis
(Related: Age, Colors, Rights, Name, Old, Today, Youth)

"International socialism recognizes the right of free independent nations, with equal rights."
- Karl Liebknecht
(Related: Rights, Nations, Socialism)

"There are two things that I put my focus on. One is the fight against AIDS and finding a cure. The other is human rights."
- Judith Light
(Related: Cure, Fight, Focus, Rights, Human rights)

"To me, celebrity doesn't mean a whole lot unless you're willing to use it. So I wanted to use it in a different way, with my AIDS work, the human rights stuff for the gay and lesbian community and the speaking I do."
- Judith Light
(Related: Work, Celebrity, Community, Rights, Gay, Human rights, Lesbian)

"I believe that the fight against crime starts in the home. Parents must take responsibility for their children and show them love and guidance from an early age so they learn to respect the rights of others."
- Blanche Lincoln
(Related: Age, Love, Home, Children, Crime, Fight, Rights, Guidance, Parents, Respect, Responsibility)

"The UN Commission on Human Rights, whose membership in recent years has included countries - such as Libya and Sudan - which have deplorable human rights records, and the recent Oil-for-Food scandal, are just a few examples of why reform is so imperative."
- John Linder
(Related: Countries, Rights, Human rights, Oil, Reform, Scandal, Years)

"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
(Related: Environmental, Development, Values, Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Law, Respect, Security)

"Terrorism can never be accepted. We must fight it together, with methods that do not compromise our respect for the rule of law and human rights, or are used as an excuse for others to do so."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Compromise, Fight, Rights, Human rights, Law, Respect, Terrorism)

"Human rights are praised more than ever - and violated as much as ever."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Rights, Human rights)

"And so popular culture raises issues that are very important, actually, in the country I think. You get issues of the First Amendment rights and issues of drug use, issues of AIDS, and things like that all arise naturally out of pop culture."
- Kurt Loder
(Related: Country, Culture, First, Rights, Popular)

"The platform we had in Dallas, the 1984 Republican platform, all the ideas we supported there - from tax policy, to foreign policy; from individual rights, to neighborhood security - are things that Jefferson Davis and his people believed in."
- Trent Lott
(Related: People, Policy, Ideas, Foreign policy, Rights, Tax, Republican, Security)

"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 few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace."
- Wangari Maathai
(Related: Peace, Conflict, Connection, Democracy, Environment, Rights, Human rights, May, Obvious, Today)

"I can't remember when I wasn't an animal rights activist."
- Ali MacGraw
(Related: Rights)

"The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted."
- James Madison
(Related: Government, Rights, Property, Protection)

"The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government."
- James Madison
(Related: Government, Diversity, First, Rights, Property, Protection)

"As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights."
- James Madison
(Related: Rights, Man, May, Property)

"In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority."
- James Madison
(Related: Danger, Rights, Majority, May, Minority, Respect)

"We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Rights)

"I want each and every West Virginian to have bragging rights. I want to stop playing defense and start playing offense. So, together, let us grab the reins of history."
- Joe Manchin III
(Related: History, Bragging, Defense, Rights, Want)

"All playwrights should be dead for three hundred years."
- Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(Related: Years)

"Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity."
- Imelda Marcos
(Related: Life, Family, Comfort, Country, Dignity, Rights, Human rights, Justice)

"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
(Related: Rights, Human rights, President)

"The Republican Party is bringing out here onto the floor of Congress an all-out assault on the protection of the rights of people who work in the fields of our country, in the factories of our country, in the offices of our country."
- Ed Markey
(Related: Work, People, Congress, Country, Rights, Party, Protection, Republican)

"Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight."
- Bob Marley
(Related: Fight, Rights)

"We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Democracy, Rights, Participation, Responsibility)

"Material goods consist of useful material things, and of all rights to hold, or use, or derive benefits from material things, or to receive them at a future time."
- Alfred Marshall
(Related: Time, Benefits, Future, Rights)

"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
(Related: Wealth, Custom, Force, Rights, Law, Rest)

"A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi... has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for."
- Thurgood Marshall
(Related: Mother, Goal, Baby, Challenge, Rights, State, states, United, Worth)

"I rise today in support of Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act. 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
(Related: Marriage, People, Act, Canada, Rights, Land, Law, Support, Today)

"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)

"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
(Related: People, Canada, Rights, Land, Law, Support)

"Habituated from our Infancy to trample upon the Rights of Human Nature, every generous, every liberal Sentiment, if not extinguished, is enfeebled in our Minds."
- George Mason
(Related: Nature, Rights, Human nature, Liberal, Sentiment)

"Well, they are critics of the Bush administration generally on the human rights record of the administration, and in particular, they are very, very critical of this use of science."
- Jane Mayer
(Related: Science, Rights, Human rights)

"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
(Related: Rights, Nation, Obstacles, Theory)

"I AM what is called a Feminist. Thirty years ago I left a monastery and began a sane human existence. Within two or three years, I find, I was defending the rights of women."
- Joseph McCabe
(Related: Women, Existence, Rights, Years)

"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
(Related: Countries, Rights, Human rights, Reform)

"Any Human Rights Council reform that allows countries that sponsor terrorism to remain as members, such as Cuba, is not real reform. And in the past, countries such as Libya, Iran and Syria have participated on this council."
- Michael McCaul
(Related: Countries, Rights, Human rights, Past, Reform, Terrorism)

"Currently, the United States provides 22 percent of the U.N. annual budgets, over $900 million in fiscal year 2007, and some of that funding goes to the Human Rights Council."
- Michael McCaul
(Related: Budgets, Rights, Human rights, states, United)

"Over the past year, several cases of human rights abuses, specifically sexual exploitation and abuse, by individuals involved in U.N. peacekeeping operations have raised the suspicions of many Members of Congress and members of the International Relations Committee."
- Michael McCaul
(Related: Abuse, Committee, Congress, Exploitation, Rights, Human rights, Past)

"When the government allocates monopoly rights to frequency, and there are only a handful in each community, it's picking the winners in the competition."
- Robert McChesney
(Related: Government, Community, Competition, Rights)

"When the government picked companies and gave them monopoly rights to frequencies in San Francisco and Los Angeles and New York and Chicago, it was picking the winners of the competition; it wasn't setting the terms of the competition."
- Robert McChesney
(Related: Government, Chicago, Competition, Rights)

"Conscious of my own weakness, I can only seek fervently the guidance of the Ruler of the Universe, and, relying on His all-powerful aid, do my best to restore Union and peace to a suffering people, and to establish and guard their liberties and rights."
- George B. McClellan
(Related: Peace, People, Rights, Guidance, Suffering, Universe, Weakness)

"As far as military necessity will permit, religiously respect the constitutional rights of all."
- George McClellan
(Related: Rights, Military, Necessity, Respect, Will)

"Once you give up rights, they're not going to give them back."
- Aaron McGruder
(Related: Rights)

"It's only fair that stable gay relationships of long standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous."
- Ian Mckellen
(Related: Marriage, People, Rights, Gay, Relationships)

"Eight generations of African-Americans are still waiting to achieve their rights - compensation and restitution for the hundreds of years during which they were bought and sold on the market."
- Cynthia McKinney
(Related: African, Rights, Generations, Waiting, Years)

"Parts of the Voting Rights Act are due to expire next year if Congress doesn't extend them, including the section that guarantees that voting rights will be protected by the federal government."
- Marty Meehan
(Related: Government, Act, Congress, Rights, Voting, Will)

"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)

"What men value in this world is not rights but privileges."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Men, Rights, Value, World)

"While we may be of different faiths, we have a strong sense of faith, family, community. We hold the values of freedom and human rights very high and I think that those are all a part of a very strong quilt that binds us together."
- Robert Menendez
(Related: Faith, Family, Values, Community, Freedom, Rights, Human rights, May, Sense)

"We should seek international support for our mutual objectives abroad, in promoting freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, and also the elimination of weapons of mass destruction."
- Robert Menendez
(Related: Democracy, Destruction, Freedom, Rights, Human rights, Objectives, Respect, Support, Weapons)

"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
(Related: Citizenship, Civil rights, Nothing)

"I considered myself engaged in a war from Day One. And my objective was to force the federal government - the Kennedy administration at that time - into a position where they would have to use the United States military force to enforce my rights as a citizen."
- James H. Meredith
(Related: Government, Time, War, Day, Force, Rights, Military, states, United)

"As far as dramas are concerned, it's considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand."
- Ethel Merman
"The global response to global terrorism must not endanger fundamental human rights and freedoms."
- Stjepan Mesic
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Terrorism)

"The world must know that America holds to the highest standards of military conduct and human rights protections. Anything less is unacceptable."
- Barbara Mikulski
(Related: America, Rights, Human rights, Military, World)

"I've often argued that oil and gas exploration is a state's rights issue. It is abundantly clear that the State of Florida does not want drilling to negatively affect its beaches and shores."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Drilling, Exploration, Rights, Oil, State, Want)

"As a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, I believe tougher enforcement of our nation's existing gun laws must be done before any more laws are enacted and put on the books."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Books, Rights, Laws, Nation)

"NATO believes it can pick on a small nation and force us to surrender our independence. And that is where NATO miscalculated. You are not willing to sacrifice lives to achieve our surrender. But we are willing to die to defend our rights as an independent sovereign nation."
- Slobodan Milosevic
(Related: Sacrifice, Force, Independence, Rights, Nation, Surrender)

"When it came to political power, blacks need not apply. Add to this steaming stew the growing tensions over the Vietnam War and the movement for civil rights, and you had plenty of elements to fire the imagination of a novice journalist."
- Andrea Mitchell
(Related: Imagination, War, Power, Civil rights, Fire, Vietnam)

"We live in an age when it is cheaper to buy the rights to movies than to make them."
- Hayao Miyazaki
(Related: Age, Movies, Rights)

"In the wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, not does it comport with our policy so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded or seriously menaced that we resent injuries or make preparation for our defence."
- James Monroe
(Related: Policy, Rights, Preparation)

"I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle."
- Marilyn Monroe
(Related: Freedom, Rights, Loss, Minority, Stars)

"But we must create in each person a sense of responsibility in order that each one of us can have the right to enjoy all his rights."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: Rights, Order, Responsibility, Sense)

"The photographs were never about me. They were always about the people who were laying their lives on the line for basic civil rights. I look back and I can't believe there was ever a time in this country when ANY citizen could not vote. The times were appalling."
- Charles Moore
(Related: Time, People, Civil rights, Country, Vote)

"If God gives you rights, no man and no government can take them away from you."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Government, God, Rights, Man)

"If government can give you rights, government can take them away from you."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Government, Rights)

"But today, government is taking those rights from us, pretending that it gives us our rights. Indeed, those rights come from God, and it was recognized throughout our history as such."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Government, History, God, Rights, Today)

"And government's only role is to secure our rights for us."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Government, Rights)

"Rights come from God, not from government."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Government, God, Rights)

"The Gen. Commanding, takes this means of informing the people that he has not come among them to disturb them in the enjoyment of their rights, either of person or property."
- John H. Morgan
(Related: People, Enjoyment, Rights, Property)

"We must continue to have voting rights in the state, not to politicize this, but they must have a voice in the rebuilding effort in the community from which they have been displaced."
- Marc Morial
(Related: Community, Effort, Rights, State, Voice, Voting)

"And I spoke out on women's rights, like equal pay for equal work."
- Karen Morley
(Related: Work, Women, Rights)

"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
(Related: Women, Cause, Rights)

"A rattlesnake loose in the living room tends to end all discussion of animal rights."
- Lance Morrow
(Related: End, Rights, Living)

"The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged; except for Bella Abzug, I had no women supporters."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Women, Rights)

"By 1962, King had become, by the media's reckoning, the new civil rights leader."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Leader, Civil rights, Media)

"Maybe I'm less sensitive to these issues because I see that what people need first is economic security, and only when they have that can they afford to focus on human rights."
- Peter Munk
(Related: People, First, Focus, Rights, Human rights, Security)

"We would be false to our trust if we allowed the time it takes to give effect to constitutional rights to be used as the very reason for taking away those rights."
- Frank Murphy
(Related: Time, Trust, Effect, Rights, Reason)

"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
(Related: People, Opportunity, Belief, First, Rights, Respect)

"The last thing the Department of Homeland Security is about is infringing on anybody's constitutionally protected rights."
- Janet Napolitano
(Related: Rights, Security)

"We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not - nor will we ever - monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources."
- Janet Napolitano
(Related: People, American, Beliefs, Civil rights, Ideology, Responsibility, Will)

"If you want my opinion, I say that this is a state based on occupation, that has usurped the rights of others."
- Hassan Nasrallah
(Related: Rights, Occupation, Opinion, State, Want)

"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
(Related: Rights, Now)

"Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression."
- Taslima Nasrin
(Related: Women, Democracy, Expression, Freedom, Rights, Human rights)

"Confirming John Roberts would endanger much of the progress made by the nation in civil rights over the past half century."
- Ralph Neas
(Related: Progress, Civil rights, Nation, Past)

"What does it mean to be an American? While each of us may have our own specific answer to that question, we likely can agree on the basic principles of America: freedom, equal opportunity, and rights accompanied by responsibilities."
- Ben Nelson
(Related: Opportunity, American, Freedom, Rights, May, Principles, Question)

"San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts, nurturing generations of painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers, and performing artists and innovators of every kind."
- Gavin Newsom
(Related: Leader, Artists, Film, Generations, Poets)

"People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: People, Confidence, Rights)

"Government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away."
- Lyn Nofziger
(Related: Government, Work, Rights)

"First, we could have defied both of them and could have gone to war against both of these nations for this violation of international law and interference with our neutral rights."
- George William Norris
(Related: War, First, Rights, Law, Nations)

"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
(Related: Being, Rights)

"Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men."
- Novalis
(Related: Men, Christianity, Democracy, Fact, Rights)

"The whole notion of land property rights in the Arab world is different from that in Europe."
- William Odom
(Related: Europe, Rights, Land, Property, World)

"I cannot believe that the American people and the people they elected would use the Constitution to stifle any group's rights."
- Jean O'Leary
(Related: People, American, Constitution, Rights)

"I've been a very effective leader in the gay rights movement, though at times I've been controversial."
- Jean O'Leary
(Related: Leader, Rights, Gay)

"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
(Related: Marriage, Americans, Constitution, Court, Rights, states, United)

"That's Anil's path. She grows up in Sri Lanka, goes and gets educated abroad, and through fate or chance gets brought back by the Human Rights Commission to investigate war crimes."
- Michael Ondaatje
(Related: War, Chance, Fate, Rights, Human rights)

"Everything happens for a reason. I'm used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what's rights for them and their family."
- Shaquille O'Neal
(Related: Family, Day, Destiny, End, Rights, Reason)

"Politics are for foreigners with their endless wrongs and paltry rights. Politics are a lousy way to get things done. Politics are, like God's infinite mercy, a last resort."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Politics, God, Foreigners, Rights, Infinite, Mercy, Wrongs)

"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
(Related: Virtue, Ceremony, Rights, Law, Property)

"And I hereby distinctly and emphatically declare that I consider myself, and earnestly desire to be considered by others, as utterly divested, now and during the rest of my life, of any such rights, the barbarous relics of a feudal, despotic system."
- Robert Dale Owen
(Related: Life, Desire, Rights, Now, Rest)

"It was the best route to get folks to understand segregation fast. Civil rights and women's rights had a clear history. Making the transition to rights for people with disabilities became easier because we had the history of the other two."
- Major Owens
(Related: History, People, Women, Civil rights)

"Our government just won't enforce civil rights laws. The laws will be ignored."
- Major Owens
(Related: Government, Civil rights, Laws, Will)

"The rights of democracy are not reserved for a select group within society, they are the rights of all the people."
- Olof Palme
(Related: Society, People, Democracy, Rights)

"What libertarians assert is simply that differences among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights."
- Tom G. Palmer
(Related: Rights)

"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)

"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)

"Mr. President how long must women wait to get their liberty? Let us have the rights we deserve."
- Alice Paul
(Related: Women, Rights, Liberty, President)

"All initiation of force is a violation of someone else's rights, whether initiated by an individual or the state, for the benefit of an individual or group of individuals, even if it's supposed to be for the benefit of another individual or group of individuals."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Force, Rights, State)

"The most important element of a free society, where individual rights are held in the highest esteem, is the rejection of the initiation of violence."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Society, Rights, Rejection, Violence)

"For my part, I do not feel that the scheme of future happiness, which ought by rights to be in preparation for me, will be at all interfered with by my not meeting again the man I have in my. mind."
- James Payn
(Related: Happiness, Future, Rights, Man, Meeting, Mind, Preparation, Will)

"A political prisoner is someone who is out fighting for his or her people's rights and freedom and is imprisoned for that alone."
- Leonard Peltier
(Related: People, Fighting, Freedom, Rights)

"In the new century, we should continue to work together to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the vast number of developing countries including China and India and promote the establishment of a just and equitable new international political and economic order."
- Li Peng
(Related: Work, Countries, Rights, Order)

"Non-citizen terrorist suspects are not members of the American national community, and they have no proper claim on the rights Americans accord one another."
- Richard Perle
(Related: American, Americans, Community, Rights)

"National sovereignty is an obligation as well as an entitlement. A government that will not perform the role of a government forfeits the rights of a government."
- Richard Perle
(Related: Government, Rights, Obligation, Will)

"Few governments in the world, for example, praise human rights more ardently than does the government of France, and few have a worse record of supporting tyrants and killers."
- Richard Perle
(Related: Government, Example, France, Rights, Human rights, Praise, World)

"The nation's government has just handed me the bill that grants us our civil rights. I am receiving it before you, certain that I am accepting this on behalf of all Argentinean women, and I can feel my hands tremble with joy as they grasp the laurel proclaiming victory."
- Evita Peron
(Related: Government, Women, Victory, Civil rights, Joy, Nation)

"I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with."
- Evita Peron
(Related: Women, Rights)

"I love the idea of "the one" but I actually believe that there isn't a Miss Right. There are 12,000 Miss Rights out there and it's all timing."
- Matthew Perry
(Related: Love, Idea, Rights)

"Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Enemies, Friends, Rights)

"The respect for human rights, essential if we are to use technology wisely, is not something alien that must be grafted onto science. On the contrary, it is integral to science, as also to scholarship in general."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Technology, Science, Rights, Human rights, Respect)

"The time has come to underscore the fact that our and others' rights are contingent on our willingness to assert and defend them."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Time, Fact, Rights)

"Today, Academies of Science use their influence around the world in support of human rights."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Science, Rights, Human rights, Influence, Support, Today, World)

"Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Science, Technology, Absence, Rights, Human rights, Oppression, Respect)

"One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights."
- James K. Polk
(Related: Constitution, Rights)

"A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals."
- Michael Pollan
(Related: Time, Animals, Rights, Law, Struggle, Will)

"There's a very big gulf between the black civil rights leadership in America and the black middle class in America. The black middle class are conservative. Many of those minorities can be persuaded to be members of the Republican Party."
- Pete du Pont
(Related: Leadership, America, Civil rights, Class, Conservative, Middle class, Party, Republican)

"And as a Member of this body, I believe firmly that States do have rights, and I believe that local communities have rights, and they have made decisions to allow these businesses to prosper as they are a big part of their economy."
- Jon Porter
(Related: Body, Decisions, Economy, Rights, states)

"At various times during the last four thousand years God has asserted his rights and endeavoured to establish his own authority, his own laws, and his own government among the children of men."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: Government, Men, God, Authority, Children, Rights, Laws, Years)

"I support anything to do with the welfare and rights of children in a huge way."
- Kelly Preston
(Related: Children, Rights, Support, Welfare)

"What drew me to both study and activism was the formative experience of the civil rights movement."
- David E. Price
(Related: Experience, Activism, Civil rights, Study)

"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
(Related: Rights, Importance, Man, Will)

"By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint."
- Sextus Propertius
(Related: Faith, End, Rights, Gold, Law, Restraint, Will)

"I'm also involved in the rights of the disabled and do some fundraising for that and I thought it would have been a big boost for the campaign but it couldn't be worked out."
- David Prowse
(Related: Thought, Rights)

"We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever."
- Philip Pullman
(Related: Time, Books, Rights, Silence, Wrongs)

"No references to the need to fight terror can be an argument for restricting human rights."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: Argument, Fight, Rights, Human rights, Terror)

"Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Nothing, Road, Russia, Will)

"We don't need a weakened government but a strong government that would take responsibility for the rights of the individual and care for the society as a whole."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: Government, Society, Care, Rights, Responsibility)

"Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others."
- Pasquier Quesnel
(Related: Blind, Rights, Zeal)

"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Earth, Rights, Minority)

"Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Government, Legal, Force, Man, Victims)

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Earth, Rights, Majority, Minority, Oppression, Public, Vote)

"Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Society, Rights, Law)

"Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Work, Body, Rights, Man, Property, Reality, Results)

"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
(Related: Community, Rights)

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Act, Country, Democracy, Rights, Integrity, Voting)

"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)

"A hundred years ago, when Richard Strauss, who has already been quoted and already been heard today, and other creative people, laid the foundation stone for the joint assertion of their rights and interests, they had pioneering work ahead of them in Germany."
- Johannes Rau
(Related: Work, People, Rights, Germany, Today, Years)

"The success of those doctrines would also subvert the Federal Constitution, change the character of the Federal Government, and destroy our rights in respect to slavery."
- John H. Reagan
(Related: Change, Success, Government, Character, Constitution, Rights, Respect, Slavery)

"Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Government, Rights)

"I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Act, Civil rights)

"When I started graduate school I was interested in the culture of the Civil Rights Movement."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon
(Related: Civil rights, Culture, School)

"At the same time all this was happening, there was a folk song revival movement goingon, so the commercial music industry was actually changed by the Civil Rights Movement."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon
(Related: Music, Time, Civil rights, Folk, Song)

"I think the Civil Rights Movement changed that trajectory for me. The first thing I did was leave school. I was suspended for my participation in Movement demonstrations in my hometown, December, 1961."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon
(Related: Civil rights, December, First, Participation, School)

"I came out of the Civil Rights Movement, and I had a different kind of focus than most people who have just the academic background as their primary training experience."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon
(Related: Experience, People, Civil rights, Focus, Training)

"Where there are no rights, there are no duties."
- Henri Benjamin Constant De Rebec
(Related: Rights)

"It proved easier to buy the farm to get the mineral rights than to buy the coal rights alone."
- Orville Redenbacher
(Related: Rights)

"A lot of attention has been going to social values - abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues - but economic values are equally important."
- Robert Reich
(Related: Values, Abortion, Attention, Rights, Gay)

"The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth."
- Agnes Repplier
(Related: Rights, Mirth, World)

"I think this society suffers so much from too much freedom, too many rights that allow people to be irresponsible."
- Boyd Rice
(Related: Society, People, Freedom, Rights)

"However saying that I totally support the concept of civil partnerships in the eyes of the law, and think it a disgrace that same sex couples have had to wait so long for legal rights, protection and recognition."
- Adam Rickitt
(Related: Legal, Sex, Disgrace, Eyes, Rights, Law, Protection, Saying, Support)

"But I always reassure them that as far as my contractual rights can go, I will protect them and make sure that they have approval over every bit of it so that they know I won't show something that's embarrassing."
- Jay Roach
(Related: Approval, Rights, Will)

"In 1998, I founded the American Center for Law and Justice, probably the premier public interest law firm in America defending the rights of believers."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: America, American, Rights, Interest, Justice, Law, Public)

"And it's one thing to give people freedom and something else to deny the rights of Christians to assert their faith in order to keep Hindus from feeling upset."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Faith, People, Feeling, Freedom, Rights, Order)

"This is the basis, and I am not being tried for whether I am a Communist, I am being tried for fighting for the rights of my people, who are still second-class citizens in this United States of America."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: People, America, Being, Fighting, Rights, states, United)

"You want to shut up every Negro who has the courage to stand up and fight for the rights of his people, for the rights of workers, and I have been on many a picket line for the steelworkers too."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: People, Courage, Fight, Rights, Want, Workers)

"Through the years I have received my share of recognition for efforts in the fields of sports, the arts, the struggle for full citizenship for the Negro people, labor's rights and the fight for peace."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: Peace, Sports, People, Citizenship, Fight, Rights, Labor, Struggle, Years)

"Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all."
- Maximilien Robespierre
(Related: Rights, Law, Man)

"It's a hard thing to legislate. You can't legislate good taste and you can't put a number on it in terms of square footage,... It's a question of where individual rights end and community rights begin."
- Ann Robinson
(Related: Community, End, Rights, Question, Taste)

"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
(Related: Society, Women, Power, Freedom, Rights, Man, May, Potential, Will)

"We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Civilization, Rights, Will)

"Conservatives believe in providing Constitutional rights to our citizens, not to enemy combatants like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Enemy, Rights)

"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
(Related: Women, Battle, Rights)

"Prejudice and passion and suspicion are more dangerous than the incitement of self-interest or the most stubborn adherence to real differences of opinion regarding rights."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Rights, Opinion, Passion, Prejudice, Self, Suspicion)

"Nothing is more important in the preservation of peace than to secure among the great mass of the people living under constitutional government a just conception of the rights which their nation has against others and of the duties their nation owes to others."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Government, Peace, People, Rights, Living, Nation, Nothing)

"The Industry's at war. I think it's about control. You can make all of the financial arguments that the industry has been shooting itself in the foot, but it is an industry built on a foundation of ownership and exploitation of intellectual property rights."
- Don Rose
(Related: War, Control, Financial, Arguments, Exploitation, Rights, Ownership, Property)

"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
(Related: Authority, Freedom, Rights, Human rights, Self)

"Emancipation from every kind of bondage is my principle. I go for recognition of human rights, without distinction of sect, party, sex, or color."
- Ernestine L. Rose
(Related: Sex, Rights, Human rights, Party)

"Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came, if they are in opposition to human rights, are nothing but dead letters."
- Ernestine L. Rose
(Related: Books, Rights, Human rights, Letters, Nothing, Opinions, Opposition)

"All that I can tell you is, that I used my humble powers to the uttermost, and raised my voice in behalf of Human Rights in general, and the elevation and Rights of Woman in particular, nearly all my life."
- Ernestine L. Rose
(Related: Life, Rights, Human rights, Voice, Woman)

"In the laws of the land, she has no rights; in government she has no voice. And in spite of another principle recognized in this Republic, namely, that 'taxation without representation is tyranny,' she is taxed without being represented."
- Ernestine Rose
(Related: Government, Being, Rights, Land, Laws, Tyranny, Voice)

"It is high time to compel man by the might of right to give woman her political, legal and social rights. She will find her own sphere in accordance with her capacities, powers and tastes; and yet she will be woman still."
- Ernestine Rose
(Related: Legal, Time, Rights, Man, Will, Woman)

"Away with that folly that her rights would be detrimental to her character - that if she were recognized as the equal to a man she would cease to be a woman!"
- Ernestine Rose
(Related: Character, Folly, Rights, Man)

"I am in favor, heartily in favor, of our Constitution and Bill of Rights and I owe my allegiance to my country at all times."
- Julius Rosenberg
(Related: Constitution, Country, Rights)

"There's never been a nation like the United States, ever. It begins with the principles of our founding documents, principles that recognize that our rights come from God, not from our government."
- Marco Rubio
(Related: Government, God, Founding, Rights, Nation, Principles, states, United)

"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Government, Nature, God, Independence, Rights)

"Today, we stand as a united country and are much closer to the ideals set forth in our Constitution 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."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Happiness, Men, Life, Constitution, Country, Rights, Ideals, Liberty, Pursuit, Today, United)

"We were proposing, in a sense, that the rest of the world be made safe for American ideas, as they adopted intellectual property rights that gave patent protection to our very innovative economy."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Ideas, American, Economy, Rights, Property, Protection, Rest, Sense, World)

"Our country, like every modern state, needs profound democratic reforms. It needs political and ideological pluralism, a mixed economy and protection of human rights and the opening up of society."
- Andrei Sakharov
(Related: Society, Country, Economy, Rights, Human rights, Needs, Protection, State)

"The French revolution taught us the rights of man."
- Thomas Sankara
(Related: Revolution, Rights, Man)

"The idea is that the state doesn't have rights to limit individuals' wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire."
- Rick Santorum
(Related: People, Idea, Consequences, Desire, Rights, State)

"One man's blasphemy doesn't override other people's free-speech rights, their freedom to publish, freedom of thought."
- Dan Savage
(Related: Thought, People, Freedom, Rights, Man)

"Our funding is based on our support of ideas like limited government, individual rights and a strong defense."
- Richard Scaife
(Related: Government, Ideas, Defense, Rights, Support)

"The Court today completes the process of converting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from a guarantee that race or sex will not be the basis for often will."
- Antonin Scalia
(Related: Sex, Act, Civil rights, Court, Race, Today, Will)

"The treatise found that he was perfectly within his rights to use them."
- Michael Scheuer
(Related: Rights)

"There is a strong correlation between belief in evolution and liberal views on government control, pornography, prayer in schools, abortion, gun control, economic freedom, and even animal rights."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Government, Belief, Control, Abortion, Evolution, Freedom, Rights, Liberal, Pornography, Prayer, Schools)

"What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Home, Women, Mother, Wife, Rights, Woman)

"In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Rights, World)

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

"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)

"Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons, support for international terrorist organizations, and abhorrent human rights practices pose one of the greatest threats to global security."
- Allyson Schwartz
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Pursuit, Security, Support, Weapons)

"Israeli Arabs have more political rights than any other Arabs in the Middle East, including their compatriots in the Palestinian Authority."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: Authority, Rights)

"Muslim delegates concerned about rights in Palestine could have brought their enthusiasm closer to home by addressing the fate of black Christians being slaughtered and enslaved in the Sudan."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: Home, Enthusiasm, Muslim, Being, Fate, Rights, Palestine)

"The Arab representatives and their followers were not interested in the persecuted millions throughout the world; they were fixed on a political agenda that distracted the world from their own serious shortcomings in the human-rights department."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: Followers, World)

"It is difficult to overstate the importance of the Civil Rights Act."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: Act, Civil rights, Importance)

"I've always been very interested in the struggle for human rights, not just here but abroad, and I wanted to be an inside player in that struggle. I wanted to make the laws reflect our ideals and ideas in this democracy that is America."
- Leah Ward Sears
(Related: Ideas, America, Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Ideals, Laws, Struggle)

"Cambodia possesses now the rights to look far into the future and everything for making a future construction is waiting for the Cambodian own efforts."
- Hun Sen
(Related: Future, Rights, Now, Waiting)

"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
(Related: Peace, Country, Democracy, End, Freedom, Independence, Rights, Human rights, Neutrality)

"Therefore, states are equal in natural rights."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Rights, states)

"I always believed that women have rights and that there are some women that are intelligent enough to claim those rights. There are some others that are stupid enough not to."
- Shakira
(Related: Women, Rights)

"The word democracy has no meaning. Duty has gone. Only rights remain."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Democracy, Duty, Rights, Meaning, Word)

"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
(Related: Rights, Will)

"I tend to think of all the songs the same - I give them all kind of equal rights."
- Jules Shear
(Related: Rights, Songs)

"And occasionally some of the nations that will be partners in this would probably not be, in terms of passing a pure human rights check, have everything going for them that you would like to have."
- Hugh Shelton
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Nations, Will)

"It was a particularly interesting and exciting time, and the European political and artistic establishment was turned on by the Civil Rights Movement and the artistic revolution that was becoming a part of jazz."
- Archie Shepp
(Related: Time, Civil rights, Revolution, Jazz)

"All civil rights and the right to hold office were to be extended to persons of any Christian denomination."
- Roger Sherman
(Related: Christian, Civil rights, Office)

"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
(Related: History, Morality, Action, Strength, Civil rights, Conviction, December, Law, Leading, Nation, Woman)

"We also intend to deal with the issue of incorporating basic human rights into our new constitution."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Constitution, Rights, Human rights)

"I have great confidence in the universal value and in basic human rights and I have great confidence that referenda will eventually take root and become part of our daily lives in Taiwan."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Confidence, Rights, Human rights, Value, Will)

"Nothing gets a bigger laugh than when you refer to things like ethics or human rights."
- Ron Silver
(Related: Ethics, Rights, Human rights, Nothing)

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

"History has shown us that, on extraordinarily rare occasions, it becomes necessary for the federal government to intervene on behalf of individuals whose 14th Amendment rights to legal due process and equal protection may be violated by a state."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Government, History, Legal, Rights, May, Protection, State)

"Susan B. Anthony formed the Equal Rights Association, refuted ideas that women were inferior to men, and fought for a woman's right to vote."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Women, Ideas, Rights, Vote, Woman)

"To no human charter am I indebted for my rights."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Rights)

"But, although America cannot be justly charged with violating the rights of Turkey, Turkey nevertheless can be justly charged with violating the rights of America."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: America, Rights, Turkey)

"Truth and mercy require the exertion - never the suppression, of man's noble rights and powers."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Truth, Rights, Man, Mercy)

"To say, that Capt. Ingraham violated the rights of Turkey, is nonsense."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Rights, Nonsense, Turkey)

"Our political and constitutional rights, so called, are but the natural and inherent rights of man, asserted, carried out, and secured by modes of human contrivance."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Rights, Man)

"The only ground on which a neutral State can claim respect at the hands of belligerents is, that, so far as she is concerned, their rights are protected."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Rights, Respect, State)

"My rights all spring front an infinitely nobler source - from favor and grace of God."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: God, Rights, Grace, Spring)

"I'm tired of being considered some kind of criminal or dangerous throwback for no other reason than that I value, exercise, and defend my rights under the first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution."
- L. Neil Smith
(Related: Being, Constitution, Exercise, First, Rights, Reason, states, United, Value)

"It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations."
- Alexander Solzehnitsyn
(Related: Time, Rights, Human rights)

"I firmly believe in the rule of law as the foundation for all of our basic rights."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: Rights, Law)

"Both free speech rights and property rights belong legally to individuals, but their real function is social, to benefit vast numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: People, Exercise, Free speech, Rights, Numbers, Property)

"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
(Related: Money, Movies, Rights)

"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
(Related: Experience, Feelings, Chance, Civil rights, Gay, Lesbian)

"All governments should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights."
- Richard Stallman
(Related: Rights, Human rights)

"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)

"I am in favor of carrying out the Declaration of Independence to women as well as men. Women having to suffer the burdens of society and government should have their equal rights in it. They do not receive their rights in full proportion."
- Leland Stanford
(Related: Government, Society, Women, Independence, Rights)

"Government itself is founded upon the great doctrine of the consent of the governed, and has its cornerstone in the memorable principle that men are endowed with inalienable rights."
- Leland Stanford
(Related: Government, Men, Doctrine, Rights)

"Every American, regardless of their background, has the right to live free of unwarranted government intrusion. Repealing the worst provisions of the Patriot Act will reign in this gross abuse of power and restore to everyone our basic Constitutional rights."
- Pete Stark
(Related: Government, Power, Abuse, Act, American, Rights, Will)

"First, the firearms industry has been around and has been respected for generations. They provide a valuable service and a highly desirable product to millions of sportsmen and supporters of those second amendment rights."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: First, Rights, Generations, Service)

"The records of adopted children are sealed in California. That seal is considered inviolable... The judge ruled that, because I was famous, he didn't have the same rights as other kids."
- Danielle Steel
(Related: Children, Famous, Rights, Kids)

"Up until, really, Roosevelt, African-Americans largely voted ninety per cent Republican. That was the political origins, that's what their political voice was in the Republican party. During that history, that last sixty or seventy years of history, the Republican party effectively walked away from the community. They were afraid to really embrace civil rights even though they embraced civil rights legislation. And so it's not enough to just to put it on paper, you gotta actually show up and be in the community, and understand what that struggle was really about."
- Michael Steele
(Related: History, African, Civil rights, Community, Legislation, Party, Republican, Struggle, Voice, Years)

"If the evens of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American - our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that."
- Jon Stewart
(Related: American, Civil rights, Freedom, Liberty)

"The dichotomy between personal liberties and property rights is a false one. Property does not have rights. People have rights."
- Potter Stewart
(Related: People, Rights, Property)

"The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion."
- Potter Stewart
(Related: Home, History, Rights, Man)

"I, like many members of my generation, was concerned with segregation and the repeated violation of civil rights."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Civil rights)

"The idea of equal rights was in the air."
- Lucy Stone
(Related: Idea, Rights)

"In this film George presents issues that are important, essential and vital, whoever you are, about constitutional rights and the bedrock of a democracy. I am drawn to those kinds of stories because they inspire me - they are responsible to a populace and responsible to man."
- David Strathairn
(Related: Democracy, Film, Rights, Man)

"I realized that I wanted to play characters and do traditional theatre. I wanted to make believe again. I like putting on a costume and pretending to be someone else for a few hours, and I have a great respect for playwrights."
- Lusia Strus
(Related: Play, Respect, Theatre)

"We believe the Senate language provides for federal subsidies for abortions. Plus there's a language in there where you have to pay one dollar per month, every enrollee, to pay for a fund for reproductive rights which include abortion. And that's totally against federal law. So we are saying take that out."
- Bart Stupak
(Related: Abortion, Rights, Language, Law, Saying, Senate)

"I want to encourage our people, to educate our people to have the courage to understand and fight for their rights."
- Megawati Sukarnoputri
(Related: People, Courage, Fight, Rights, Want)

"From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned."
- Charles Sumner
(Related: History, Beginning, Compromise, Country, Rights, Human rights)

"I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights. The indispensable elements in a democratic society - and well worth fighting for."
- Helen Suzman
(Related: Society, Opportunity, Fighting, Rights, Human rights, Justice, Worth)

"I don't have any doubts either about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Perhaps some more should be added to the list, but I don't have the slightest doubt about human rights."
- Antonio Tabucchi
(Related: Doubt, Rights, Human rights)

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

"Justice for the major perpetrators cannot be separated from the vindication of the rights of the individual victim."
- Jalal Talabani
(Related: Rights, Justice)

"I came at age in the '60s, and initially my hopes and dreams were invested in politics and the movements of the time - the anti-war movement, the civil rights movement. I worked on Bobby Kennedy's campaign for president as a teenager in California and the night he was killed."
- David Talbot
(Related: Age, Dreams, Politics, Time, Civil rights, Night, President)

"For a while we were chasing a book by Graham Greene to do Brighton Rock as a musical. We didn't get the rights, so we decided to create something from scratch, with Jonathan. By that time we were big fans of his work."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Time, Work, Fans, Rights)

"What rights are those that dare not resist for them?"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
(Related: Rights)

"The rights of the weak are not weaker rights, but are completely equal to the rights of the strong."
- Dionigi Tettamanzi
(Related: Rights)

"The battle for women's rights has been largely won."
- Margaret Thatcher
(Related: Women, Battle, Rights)

"But what I believe is that if a person's individual rights or right to be a part of our economic system is violated under statute, we aggressively go after it. But we don't issue mandates to businesses that you've got to do this and you've got to do that."
- Clarence Thomas
(Related: Rights)

"We've talked more about civil rights after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than we talked about it before 1964."
- Clarence Thomas
(Related: Act, Civil rights)

"I don't believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights."
- Clarence Thomas
(Related: America, Rights, Philosophy)

"Any successful nominee should possess both the temperament to interpret the law and the wisdom to do so fairly. The next Supreme Court Justice should have a record of protecting individual rights and a strong willingness to put aside any political agenda."
- Bennie Thompson
(Related: Wisdom, Successful, Court, Rights, Justice, Law, Temperament)

"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
(Related: Women, Food, Rights, Human rights, Want)

"The causes of the China Incident were the exclusion and insult of Japan throughout China, the exclusion of Japanese goods, the persecution of Japanese residents in China, and the illegal violation of Japanese rights."
- Hideki Tojo
(Related: Causes, Rights, Insult, Persecution)

"We have not sought this conflict; we have sought too long to avoid it; our forbearance has been construed into weakness, our magnanimity into fear, until the vindication of our manhood, as well as the defence of our rights, is required at our hands."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Fear, Conflict, Rights, Weakness)

"The Republic of Macedonia is being built on democratic ideals and values, not on ethnic groups. Those ideals and values include economic opportunities, language and educational opportunities, religious rights, and political processes."
- Boris Trajkovski
(Related: Values, Being, Rights, Ideals, Language, Religious)

"Since woman's rights have come up a young woman is better able to fight her own battle."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Battle, Fight, Rights, Woman)

"As though there were a tie And obligation to posterity. We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse: What has posterity done for us. That we, lest they their rights should lose, Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?"
- John Trumbull
(Related: Trust, Rights, Obligation, Posterity)

"Each state, so that it does not abridge the great fundamental rights belonging, under the Constitution, to all citizens, may grant or withhold such civil rights as it pleases; all that is required is that, in this respect, its laws shall be impartial."
- Lyman Trumbull
(Related: Civil rights, Constitution, Laws, May, Respect, 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)

"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
(Related: Women, Rights, Talking, Want)

"No one is immune from the larger events of his or her time - the Depression, World War II, civil rights, Vietnam, the spring of 1989 in China. These events intrude upon our lives and radically affect our directions."
- Paul Tsongas
(Related: Time, War, Civil rights, Depression, Events, Spring, Vietnam, World, World war)

"It is admitted by everybody that rights and privileges enjoyed by the Roman Catholic minority in Manitoba down to 1890, were taken away by legislation of 1890."
- Charles Tupper
(Related: Rights, Legislation, Minority)

"A privilege may not be a right, but, under the constitution of the country, I do not gather that any broad distinction is drawn between the rights and the privileges that were enjoyed and that were taken away."
- Charles Tupper
(Related: Constitution, Country, Rights, May, Privilege)

"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
(Related: Death, Life, Nature, Care, Rights)

"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."
- Desmond Tutu
(Related: Compassion, Rights, Want)

"Ranchers need clean water for their stock, farmers need it for their crops, every employer needs it to stay in business, and every living thing needs it for life... The law needs to be clear to protect water quality and the rights of landowners."
- Mark Udall
(Related: Business, Life, Quality, Rights, Law, Living, Needs, Water)

"The UN declaration on human rights must always be first in line before religion or other cultural habits, in case of any conflict between them."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Religion, Conflict, First, Rights, Habits, Human rights)

"Some values must be universal, like human rights and the equal worth of every human being."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Values, Being, Rights, Human rights, Worth)

"Cultural variety is always worth striving for, but must never precede the declaration of human rights."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Variety, Worth)

"And also a lot of Muslims are no more religious then the average Swede. For them it's natural that human rights come first."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: First, Rights, Human rights, Religious)

"Playwrights are like men who have been dining for a month in an Indian restaurant. After eating curry night after night, they deny the existence of asparagus."
- Peter Ustinov
(Related: Men, Eating, Existence, Night)

"By increasing the size of the keyhole, today's playwrights are in danger of doing away with the door."
- Peter Ustinov
(Related: Danger, Today)

"A kid in an abusive home has far fewer rights than any POW. There is no Geneva Convention for kids."
- Andrew Vachss
(Related: Home, Rights, Kids)

"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
(Related: Thought, Rights, Human rights)

"Latinos must be proud. We have the same rights in the U.S. as anybody else. Instead of crying and getting upset about visa problems and having our families come join us, go fight for your rights. Make yourself a productive individual in the society."
- Patricia Velazquez
(Related: Society, Fight, Rights, Problems)

"The Constitution guarantees us our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That's all. It doesn't guarantee our rights to charity."
- Jesse Ventura
(Related: Happiness, Life, Charity, Constitution, Rights, Liberty, Pursuit)

"The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone in checking this mad, wicked folly of 'Women's Rights'. It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that she cannot contain herself."
- Queen Victoria
(Related: Folly, Rights, Queen)

"In situations of military conflict, civil strife, lawlessness, bad governance, and human rights violations, terrorists find it easier to hide, train and prepare their attacks."
- Gijs de Vries
(Related: Conflict, Rights, Human rights, Military)

"Sometimes it leads me even to hesitate whether I am strictly correct in my idea that all men are born to equal rights, for their conduct seems to me to contravene the doctrine."
- Benjamin F. Wade
(Related: Men, Idea, Doctrine, Rights)

"As is the case with many Middle Eastern nations, women are nowhere near equal to men when it comes to basic freedoms and rights that we take for granted every day."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Men, Women, Day, Rights, Nations)

"While all of these are important and significant events, it is the United States' foreign policy that furthers the advancement of freedoms and rights for women that is the most striking for me."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Women, Policy, Events, Foreign policy, Rights, states, United)

"Since President Bush took office in 2001, this Congress has supported an agenda of democracy, freedom and expansion of rights for all peoples throughout the world."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Congress, Democracy, Freedom, Rights, Office, President, World)

"For centuries, the world has heard the oppressed, the downtrodden and the vulnerable cry out for their freedoms, for their rights and for a chance to emerge from the shadows of the tyranny and bloodshed that they had lived with."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Chance, Rights, Shadows, Tyranny, World)

"This conviction brought me, in the summer of 1978, to the Free Trade Unions - formed by a group of courageous and dedicated people who came out in the defense of the workers' rights and dignity."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: People, Conviction, Defense, Dignity, Rights, Summer, Trade, Workers)

"I belong to the generation of workers who, born in the villages and hamlets of rural Poland, had the opportunity to acquire education and find employment in industry, becoming in the course conscious of their rights and importance in society."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: Education, Society, Opportunity, Rights, Importance, Workers)

"The defense of our rights and our dignity, as well as efforts never to let ourselves to be overcome by the feeling of hatred - this is the road we have chosen."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: Defense, Dignity, Feeling, Rights, Hatred, Road)

"Eve Ensler is a hero of mine. She's been working for the rights of women for a long time."
- Marcia Wallace
(Related: Time, Women, Rights)

"Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification."
- Malcolm Wallop
(Related: Government, Fear, Rights, Justification, Now)

"We're taking on Social Security as a property rights issue. We figure that every single American has an absolute property right interest in the fruits of his or her own labor. What I work for should be my property."
- Malcolm Wallop
(Related: Work, American, Rights, Interest, Labor, Property, Security)

"And therefore, for the sake of my mater, without any regard for my own, I hope all those that have a due regard for our constitution and for the rights and prerogatives of the crown, without which our constitution can not be preserved, will be against this motion."
- Robert Walpole
(Related: Hope, Constitution, Rights, Will)

"As a civil rights leader, Mrs. King's vision of racial peace and nonviolent social change was a fortifying staple in advancing the civil rights movement."
- James T. Walsh
(Related: Change, Peace, Leader, Vision, Civil rights)

"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
(Related: Rights, Majority, Minority, Popular, Will)

"I began to think, now is the time. I found quite a lot of opposition in Hollywood about the idea of doing a film musical and we ended up having to buy the rights back. I'm glad we did because it meant John and I were able to make exactly the movie we wanted."
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
(Related: Time, Idea, Film, Rights, Hollywood, Now, Opposition)

"No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."
- Noah Webster
(Related: Government, Religion, Truth, People, Christian, Rights, Mind)

"One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Rights, Talking)

"Finally, fighting for gay rights, speaking out in various places and making friends, men and women, was great."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Men, Women, Fighting, Friends, Rights, Gay)

"In the Federal Government, electronic records are as indispensable as their paper counterparts for documenting citizens' rights, the actions for which officials are accountable, and the nation's history."
- Allen Weinstein
(Related: History, Government, Actions, Rights, Nation)

"I extend that to the abortion issue, I extend that to the so-called gay rights issue, I think this is a freedom principle and consistent with the analysis in the economic area as well."
- William Weld
(Related: Abortion, Freedom, Rights, Gay)

"Saddam Hussein wrote the book on human rights violations."
- Curt Weldon
(Related: Rights, Human rights)

"The South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom, the ballot box and the Civil Rights Law."
- Ida B. Wells
(Related: Civil rights, Freedom, Giving, Law)

"The classical writers... playwrights, Jacobean, Elizabethan playwrights, all showed areas of all classes and how they live and painted them pretty authentically."
- Timothy West
(Related: Pretty, Writers)

"I heard an Israeli speaking on Palestinian human rights issues, an interesting guy, and he said "There's no military solution to terrorism. If there were, Israel would be the safest place in the world. But there's no military solution.""
- Bradley Whitford
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Israel, Military, Solution, Terrorism, World)

"I have always believed that I should have had no difficulty in causing my rights to be respected."
- Eli Whitney
(Related: Difficulty, Rights)

"Civil libertarians have raised concerns that some of the Patriot Act's provisions infringe on Constitutional rights. Those concerns are not supported by the facts."
- Roger Wicker
(Related: Act, Facts, Rights)

"Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning."
- Armstrong Williams
(Related: Action, Abuse, Contempt, Democracy, Fanatics, Rights, Human rights, Meaning, Murder, Religious)

"At some point we must realize that actively defending against radical Islamic teachings is not a matter of cultural relativity. It is a matter of universally recognized human rights."
- Armstrong Williams
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Radical, Relativity)

"The only sound approach to collective bargaining is to work out an agreement that clarifies the rights and responsibilities of the parties, establishes principles and operates to the advantage of all concerned."
- Charles E. Wilson
(Related: Work, Agreement, Rights, Principles, Sound)

"Many people do not realize that where unions have bargaining rights employers cannot raise wages or improve benefit plans any more than they can reduce them without of the consent of the union."
- Charles E. Wilson
(Related: People, Rights, Wages)

"If a radical devolution of powers was possible, it would have been done before. The assumption of states' rights is gone. There's no support for it in the Supreme Court and there's no support for it in public opinion."
- James Q. Wilson
(Related: Court, Rights, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Radical, states, Support)

"The First Amendment does not guarantee the press a constitutional right of special access to information not available to the general public, nor does it cloak the inmate with special rights of freedom of speech."
- Pete Wilson
(Related: First, Freedom, Rights, Information, Press, Public, Speech)

"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
(Related: Women, Rights, Man, Will)

"Neither James Madison, for whom this lecture is named, nor any of the other Framers of the Constitution, were oblivious, careless, or otherwise unaware of the words they chose for the document and its Bill of Rights."
- Diane Wood
(Related: Constitution, Rights, Words)

"Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights."
- John Wooden
(Related: Feelings, Rights)

"I ask the rights to pursue happiness by having a voice in that government to which I am accountable."
- Victoria Woodhull
(Related: Government, Happiness, Rights, Voice)

"There is but one honest limit to the rights of a sentient being; it is where they touch the rights of another sentient being."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Being, Rights)

"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)

"I refer to calls for humanitarian intervention in the affairs of another state - a new idea, this - even when they are made under the pretext of defending human rights and freedoms."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Idea, Rights, Human rights, State)

"Human-rights advocates, for example, claim that the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners is of a piece with President Bush's 2002 decision to deny al Qaeda and Taliban fighters the legal status of prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions."
- John Yoo
(Related: Legal, War, Decision, Example, President)

"Civil rights leaders are involved in helping poor people. That's what I've been doing all my life."
- Andrew Young
(Related: Life, People, Civil rights, Leaders, Poor)

"This thing called Patriot Act, through which we abdicated a lot of our civil rights to defend the country against terrorism, it's a four-year story."
- Neil Young
(Related: Act, Civil rights, Country, Terrorism)

"The economic, social and cultural progress of a nation depends on citizens counting for more and having more rights."
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
(Related: Progress, Rights, Nation)

"The theory of relativity worked out by Mr. Einstein, which is in the domain of natural science, I believe can also be applied to the political field. Both democracy and human rights are relative concepts - and not absolute and general."
- Jiang Zemin
(Related: Science, Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Relativity, Theory)

"We would, however, perform an injustice to the bourgeois women's rights movement if we would regard it as solely motivated by economics. No, this movement also contains a more profound spiritual and moral aspect."
- Clara Zetkin
(Related: Women, Economics, Rights, Injustice, Spiritual)

"Liberal democracy - as you know, in the old days, we were saying we want socialism with a human face. Today's left effectively offers global capitalism with a human face, more tolerance, more rights and so on. So the question is, is this enough or not? Here I remain a Marxist: I think not."
- Slavoj Zizek
(Related: Capitalism, Democracy, Rights, Liberal, Old, Question, Saying, Socialism, Today, Tolerance, Want)

"They have accorded me my constitutional rights, and that is to their credit because the media hate campaign against me has been so intense and so vicious that it's a miracle that the police have taken such a professional approach."
- Ernst Zundel
(Related: Credit, Rights, Hate, Media, Police)