Selected Quotes about Equality

Divine Justice demands that the rights of both sexes should be equally respected since neither is superior to the other in the eyes of Heaven. Dignity before God depends, not on sex, but on purity and luminosity of heart. Human virtues belong equally to all! -- Abdu'l-Bahá

I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee... -- Bella Abzug

The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes. -- Bella Abzug

Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over. -- Bella Abzug

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. -- Jane Addams

All of us live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon. -- Konrad Adenauer

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness. -- Henri-Frdric Amiel

The true republic — men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. -- Susan B. Anthony

Equality ... is the result of human organization. We are not born equal. -- Hannah Arendt

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. -- Aristotle

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. -- Aristotle

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently. -- Harry A. Blackmun

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: 'It's a girl.' -- Shirley Chisholm

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. -- Winston Churchill

The history of woman is the history of the continued and universal oppression of one sex by the other. The emancipation of woman is her restoration to equal rights and privileges with man. -- Tennesse Claflin

Loyalty to the principles upon which our Government rests positively demands that the equality before the law which it guarantees to every citizen should be justly and in good faith conceded in all parts of the land. -- Grover Cleveland

When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self. -- Confucius

Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. -- Eugene V. Debs

The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education ... (and) the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot be applied to all the members of a society except where intercourse of man with man is mutual, and except where there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably distributed interests. And this means a democratic society. -- John Dewey

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. -- Albert Einstein

What will we do in a globalised world? All human beings are equal, so they have the same right to have the same lifestyle-the same social security, jobs, education. -- Joschka Fischer

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. -- Anatole France

There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. -- Friedrich A. Hayek

Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice? -- Lillian Hellman

That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent. -- Aldous Huxley

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

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them. -- Thomas Jefferson

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality. -- Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that one day…the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If any man claims the Negro should be content ... let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim. -- Robert Francis Kennedy

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity. -- Irving Kristol

When I meet people in different parts of the world, I am always reminded that we are all basically alike: we are all human beings. -- Dalai Lama

If there is love, there is hope that one may have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. -- Dalai Lama

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. -- Abraham Lincoln

To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man. -- Golda Meir

In the state of nature ... all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law. -- Charles de Montesquieu

The love of democracy is that of equality. -- Charles de Montesquieu

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together. -- Richard Milhous Nixon

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with. -- Eleanor Holmes Norton

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. -- George Orwell

One murder made a villain, Millions a hero. Princes were privileg'd To kill, and numbers sanctified the crime. Ah! why will kings forget that they are men, And men that they are brethren? -- Bishop Beilby Porteus

I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there. -- Maureen Reagan

Whenever, then, the usual and ordinary rate of the profits of agricultural stock, and all the outgoings belonging to the cultivation of land, are together equal to the value of the whole produce, there can be no rent. -- David Ricardo

The high participation rate translates into a renewal of our democracy and notably for youth everywhere in the country .... Bravo to all these youth for their civic commitment which reminds the Republic about the duties of respect and equality it has toward them. -- Segolene Royal

When we talk about equal pay for equal work, women in the workplace are beginning to catch up. If we keep going at this current rate, we will achieve full equality in about 475 years. I don't know about you, but I can't wait that long. -- Lya Sorano

Fairness' is one of the great mantras of the left. Since everyone has his own definition of fairness, that word is a blank check for the expansion of government power. What "fairness" means in practice is that third parties -- busybodies -- can prevent mutual accommodations by others. -- Thomas Sowell

This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labour in which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism. -- Gloria Steinem

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death. -- Publilius Syrus

It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its sovereign law is subordination and dependence. -- Marquis de Vauvenargues

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference. -- Voltaire

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