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Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

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If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

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.

 

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

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

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

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The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing
and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests;
you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking
a dangerous blow at your own.
- Carl Schurz

Women 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

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

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

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

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

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

Tyranny Absolves all faith; and who invades our rights,
However his own commence, can never be But an usurper.
- Henry Brooke

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

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

But as population became denser, the natural chemical
and biological recycling processes became overloaded,
calling for a redefinition of property rights.
- Garrett Hardin

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

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

We live in an age when it is cheaper to buy the rights
to movies than to make them.
- Hayao Miyazaki

The last thing the Department of Homeland Security
is about is infringing on anybody's constitutionally protected rights.
- Janet Napolitano

The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men.
A woman who is intelligent does not.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.
- Horace Greeley

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

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

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

Human rights are praised more than ever -
and violated as much as ever.
- Anna Lindh

We have the Bill of Rights.
What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.
- Bill Maher

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

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

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

Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights.
Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight.
- Bob Marley

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

Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights,
make their own mental reservations about the proper
application of the word human.
- Suzanne Lafollette

The pure connecting factor is that those of us who
describe ourselves as feminists want equal rights for all people.
- Betty Buckley

Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind,
and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people.
- Jinato Hu

No references to the need to fight terror can be an
argument for restricting human rights.
- Vladimir Putin

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

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

Strictly speaking, my interest is not in legal rights
for animals but in a change of heart towards animals.
- J. M. Coetzee

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

We will never have true civilization until we have
learned to recognize the rights of others.
- Will Rogers

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

The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged;
except for Bella Abzug,
I had no women supporters.
- Constance Baker Motley

The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth.
- Agnes Repplier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I tend to think of all the songs the same -
I give them all kind of equal rights.
- Jules Shear

A rattlesnake loose in the living room tends to end
all discussion of animal rights.
- Lance Morrow

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

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


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