Selected Quotes about Human Rights

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation. -- Abigail Adams

Last guys don't finish nice. -- Saul Alinsky

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings. -- Pearl S. Buck

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. -- Dom Helder Camara

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions. -- Noam Chomsky

The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations. -- Noam Chomsky

Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. -- Paulo Freire

Genuine politics -- even politics worthy of the name -- the only politics I am willing to devote myself to -- is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole. -- Vaclav Havel

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. -- Thomas Jefferson

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.

Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired. -- Robert F. Kennedy

Fear is not the natural state of civilized people. -- Aung San Suu Kyi

Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. -- HH the Dalai Lama

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

I shall be honored to go to jail. Under a dictatorship, the detention cell is a place of honor. -- Miriam Defensor Santiago

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