Selected Quotes about Rights

The public good is in nothing more essentially interested than in the protection of every individual's private rights. -- William Blackstone

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

I think when people talk about civil liberties, they sometimes forget that action taken to protect the citizen against physical violence and physical attack is a blow in favour and not a blow against civil liberties. -- John Howard

I accept that in a free society you have to justify reductions in people's liberties. I accept that, bearing in mind my starting point is that the most important human right is the right to life... -- John Howard

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. -- Pope John Paul II

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. -- Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

Although i speak from my own experience, i feel that no one has the right to impose his or her beliefs on another person. -- Dalai Lama

Success and social promotion are not some right that anybody can claim after queuing at some [government office]. It is better: it is a right, a right that one can merit because of one's sweat. -- Nicolas Sarkozy

In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute - a white skin. -- Desmond Tutu

I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color. -- Malcolm X

We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary . -- Malcolm X

You can’t drive a knife into a man’s back nine inches, pull it out six inches, and call it progress. -- Malcolm X

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