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The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality. Alexis de Tocqueville
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men. Jane Addams
The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes. Bella Abzug
Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses. Georges Bernanos
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it. Georg C. Lichtenberg
In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality. Mary McCarthy
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead. Nancy Mitford
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
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
Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality. Harlan Stone
From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots. Mikhail Bakunin
That a majority of women do not wish for any important change in their social and civil condition, merely proves that they are the unreflecting slaves of custom. Lydia M. Child
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. Martin Luther King Jr.
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. Thomas Paine
Suffrage is the pivotal right. Susan B. Anthony
I build no system. I ask an end to privilege, the abolition of slavery, equality of rights, and the reign of law. Justice, nothing else; that is the alpha and omega of my argument: to others I leave the business of governing the world. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact. Lyndon B. Johnson
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
You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that. Arthur Ashe
There is more difference within the sexes than between them. Ivy Compton-Burnett
Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within. A. Philip Randolph
The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction. Alexis de Tocqueville
Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building. Jim Hightower
It is the dissimilarities and inequalities among men which give rise to the notion of honor; as such differences become less, it grows feeble; and when they disappear, it will vanish too. Alexis de Tocqueville
A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. Friedrich August von Hayek
In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king. A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption. Raoul Vaneigem
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. Andrew Jackson
I have always held those political opinions which point to the universal brotherhood of man, no matter in what rank of life he may have taken his origin. Alexander Mackenzie
The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress. Charles Fourier
Equality means nothing unless incorporated into the institutions. Slobodan Milosevic
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
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact. Honore de Balzac
Unless the great majority of Americans not only have, but believe they have, a fair chance, the better American future will be dangerously compromised. Herbert Croly
We owe the Aboriginal peoples a debt that is four centuries old. It is their turn to become full partners in developing an even greater Canada. And the reconciliation required may be less a matter of legal texts than of attitudes of the heart. Romeo LeBlanc
In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many. Adam Ferguson
It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals. Felix Frankfurter
There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers. Susan B. Anthony
When everyone is somebody, then no one's anybody. William Gilbert
There can be no permanent disfranchised peasantry in the United States. James A. Garfield
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally. W. C. Fields
There was present no slave, no man freed from slavery, no low-born man, no man weakened by age for all were noble, all strong with the might of mature age, all sufficiently fit for any type of fighting, all of such fleetness that they scorned the speed of horsemen. Anonymous
... the problem isn't that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France, before the revolution. And so I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won't last. Nick Hanauer
The messenger matters. When people of modest means complain about inequality, it usually gets written off as class warfare, but when billionaires complain, the problem is redefined. Darrell M. West
The issue of wealth inequality is ... the great moral issue of our time. Bernie Sanders
It is not surprising ... that democracy has worked better in this country than elsewhere. This belief in the equality of all white folks–making skin color the gauge of worth and of citizenship rights–has caused the lowest to strive to become among the highest. Because of this great ferment, America has become the Utopia of the material world; the land of hope and opportunity. Without the transplanted African in their midst to bolster up the illusion, American would have, unquestionably, been a different place; but instead the shine as served as a mudsill upon which all white people alike can stand and reach toward the stars.... Here is the gift par excellence of the Negro to America. George Samuel Schuyler
What are your masses [of humanity] but mud to be ground underfoot, fuel to be burned for those who deserve it? Ayn Rand
If the gentlemen from the South really want to take such action, let them propose a constitutional amendment that will deny to the colored people of the country equality of rights under the Constitution, and see how far they will get with the American people. Wayne L. Morse
Our Constitution is color blind and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. The arbitrary separation of citizens, on the basis of race ... is a badge of servitude wholly inconsistent with civil freedom. John Marshall Harlan
It has often been said, that there is but one rank of men in America… we have no artificial distinctions of men into noblemen and commoners among us, but it ought to be remarked, that superior degrees of industry and capacity, and above all, commerce, have introduced inequality of property among us, and these have introduced natural distinctions of rank in Pennsylvania, as certain and general as the artificial distinctions of men in Europe. This will ever be the case while commerce exists in this country. Benjamin Rush
As to their (Negroes’) Stupidity, there is as little truth therein: divers of them being known and confessed by their Owners, to be extraordinary Ingenious, and even to exceed many of the English. And for the rest, they are much the same with other People, destitute of the means of knowledge, and wanting Education Morgan Goodwyn
Every society naturally divides itself into classes. The author of nature has bestowed on some greater capacities than on others--birth, education, talents and wealth, create distinctions among men as visible and of as much influence as titles, stars and garters. In every society, men of this class will command a superior degree of respect--and if the government is so constituted as to admit but few to exercise the powers of it, it will, according to the natural course of things, be in their hands. Melancton Smith
The men of middling property and poor men can never be safe in a mixed representation with the men of over-grown property. Benjamin Rush
When we consider how nearly equal all men are in their bodily force, and even in their mental powers and faculties, till cultivated by education, we must necessarily allow that nothing but their own consent could at first associate them together and subject them to any authority. David Hume
Unless we bring in blacks as full partners, my country won’t be fit for my grandchildren. F. W. de Klerk
No man’s fundamental rights should depend on the colour of his skin. John De Villiers
No man’s station, in this free country, is determined by the accident of his colour. William Porter
Let me tell you this—and you may rely upon it, my dear friend—we will never again see the day when under British rule different degrees of rights and privileges will exist for different classes of His Majesty’s subjects. Andries Stockenstrom
In the dispensation of justice, no distinction is to be admitted, whether between the man of wealth or the poor man, the master or the slave, the European or the Hottentot. John Cradock
In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them. Mary Jo Bane
Aristocracy is naturally abhorrent to me, and adored equality is my idol. Bernardo O'Higgins
India’s great curse is caste; but English education has already proved a tremendous power in leveled the injurious distinctions of caste Keshub Chunder Sen
Brahmins do not have the right to call themselves Indians … If India has to become a modern nation, … It has to establish an egalitarian relationship between Brahmins and the lower castes. Kancha Ilaiah
There are not many countries where a non-citizen with a fourth—grade education can sue the President. That is our great gift to the world. We’re strong enough to say our system can handle it. Neal Katyal
Blacks were so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect. Roger B. Taney
No man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent. I say this is the leading principal—the sheet anchor of American republicanism. Abraham Lincoln
An idea—-even one voted into law—-wasn’t worth a hill of beans so long as it remained words on a page. Esther Mae Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris
It was a day of liberation-not only for black South Africans but also for us white South Africans. Suddenly, the burden of three hundred and fifty years had been lifted from our shoulders. For the first time we could greet all our countrymen without guilt or fear as equals and as fellow South Africans. When I awoke that morning I was still the president of South Africa. When I went to bed the mantle had passed from me to Nelson Mandela. Few heads of government could ever have laid aside their high office with a greater sense of accomplishment, regardless of the uncertainties of the future. F. W. de Klerk
Even if we accept, as the basic tenet of true democracy, that one moron is equal to one genius, is it necessary to go a further step and hold that two morons are better than one genius? Leo Szilard
Of course there are Chinese millionaires in big cars and big houses. Is it the answer to make a few Malay millionaires with big cars and big houses? …. Meanwhile, whenever there is a failure of economic, social and educational policies, you come back and say, oh, these wicked Chinese, Indian and others opposing Malay rights. They don't oppose Malay rights. They, the Malay, have the right as Malaysian citizens to go up to the level of training and education that the more competitive societies, the non-Malay society, has produced. That is what must be done, isn't it? Not to feed them with this obscurantist doctrine that all they have got to do is to get Malay rights for the few special Malays and their problem has been resolved. Lee Kuan Yew
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed — Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above. Langston Hughes
A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. Milton Friedman
Woman’s lack of progress and proficiency has been due to her need of equal education and opportunity. Had she been allowed this equality, there is no doubt she would be the counterpart of man in ability and capacity. The happiness of mankind will be realized when women and men coordinate and advance equally, for each is the complement and helpmeet of the other…. The world of humanity consists of two parts: male and female. Each is the complement of the other. Therefore, if one is defective, the other will necessarily be incomplete …. It is not natural that either should remain undeveloped; and until both are perfected, the happiness of the human world will not be realized. Baha u'llah
O Children of Men! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Baha u'llah
The rule of law must apply equally to everyone, irrespective of status in society or class divisions; it is this equal application that is the bulwark of modern democracies. Mahendra Chaudhry
… this mad, wicked folly of women’s rights Queen Victoria
It is the duty of righteous men to make war on all undeserved privilege, but one must not forget that this is a war without end. Primo Levi
An imbalance between the rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. Plutarch
Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? … Was it because our predecessors were thick? Does anybody really think that they didn't get what we had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment? Of course not. It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand. Neil Kinnock
Social inequality kills. It unduly deprives individuals and communities experiencing social deprivation of their health, increases their burden of disease and disease, and cuts short their lives. Nancy Krieger
No neighborhood is more important than another, no child is less deserving than his neighbor. Randi Weingarten
Kids from poor families might be nicer, the might be happier, they might be more polite---but in countless ways, the manner in which they are raised puts them at a disadvantage in the measures that count in contemporary American society. Paul Tough
Man is the organizer of life, woman is his organ for carrying out plans. Adolf Hitler
Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage. Swami Vivekananda
Nobody should consider himself superior to another nor do him harm. Muhammad
Not regarded as the equals of men. Jacob Merritt Howard
The truly proud man knows neither superiors nor inferiors. The first he does not admit of: the last he does not concern himself about. William Hazlitt
…an enormous Proportion of Property vested in a few individuals is dangerous to the Rights, and destructive of the Common Happiness of Mankind… Gordon S. Wood
I will go even further . . . and will vote for all measures to elevate their condition and to educate them (Negroes) separate and apart from the whites . . . but when it comes to placing him upon the same social and political level as my own race, I must refuse to do it. Thomas, John Lewis, Jr.
To pass this law and then hope that South Carolina … would do justice to the negro is absurd. She has 291,000 whites and 412,000 blacks. To pass such a law would be for the governing power to divest itself of the government and hand it over to a subject and despised caste ... The same is true, more or less, of all the South Ignatius Donnelly
I am opposed to busing for the purpose of achieving racial balance in our schools. Richard Nixon
We just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come. Lyndon B. Johnson
We just delivered the South to the Republican Party for your lifetime and mine. Lyndon B. Johnson
Equality of the sexes is promoted in societal activity and working life, especially in the determination of pay and the other terms of employment. Finland
Men whose mothers had no formal education are inclined to oppose the notions of granting women equal political rights and equal employment opportunities. Quite the opposite is true of men whose mothers attended a university. Ayad Al-Qazzaz
Women must enjoy equal rights with men. The remaining shackles that hamper their freedom must be removed so that they can participate constructively and profoundly in shaping the life of the country. Gamal Abdel Nasser
Many persons who say that they favor economic, political, and educational equality for the Negro oppose such equality in practice for fear that it will lead to 'social equality,' by which most of them mean intermarriage. Rayford W. Logan
To men is allotted what they earn and to women what they earn Muhammad
Perhaps the major challenge during my time in office was getting employers to understand how much more needed to be done to give women their fair share of employment opportunities. Clifford Alexander
We will uphold absolute social and political equality for all its citizens without distinction of religion, race or sex…. We urge Arabs to take part in the building of the state on the basis of full and equal citizenship and on the basis of appropriate representation in all its institutions, provisional and permanent. Israel
For a long time in the United States, in practice if not in principle, only white, male, Protestants were born free and equal. Bernard Lewis
When a society is economically dominant, it is easy for its members to assume that such dominance reflects a deeper superiority—whether religious, racial, genetic, ethnic, cultural, or institutional—rather than an accident of timing or geography. Jeffrey Sachs
The ability of women is not known because they are relegated to the business of procreation, child-rearing, and breast feeding. Abu'l Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd Al-Qurtubi; Averroes
Why did the world ever become so unequal? Jared Diamond
A few more years of persistent, faithful work and the women of the United States will he recognized as the legal equals of men. Mary Ashton Livermore
All shall equal be. The Earl, the Marquis, and the Dook, The Groom, the Butler, and the Cook, The Aristocrat who banks with Coutts, The Aristocrat who cleans the boots. William Gilbert
We must be thoroughly democratic and patronize everybody without distinction of class. George Bernard Shaw
Without equality there can be no democracy. Eleanor Roosevelt
In our insistence upon equality of opportunity has our system advanced beyond all the world. Herbert Hoover
I have never contended for giving the negro equal privileges with the white man. That is a doctrine I do not advocate. Lyman Trumbull
The Civil Rights Bill affords the blacks an equal right, nothing more . . . to make and enforce contracts [etc.] . . . It merely provides safeguards to shield them from wrong and outrage and to protect them in the enjoyment of the right to exist William Windom
That there shall be no discrimination in civil rights or immunities . . . on account of race . . . but the inhabitants of every race . . . shall have the same right to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, and give evidence, to inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold and convey real and personal property, and to full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of person and property, and shall be subject to like punishment . . . and no other United States Congress
Only as an egg in the womb are we all equal. Oriana Fallaci
A good many people here are disturbed by the practical exhibition of social equality in the arm-in-arm performance of Douglass and Tilton. It does not become radicals like us to particularly object. But it was certainly unfortunate at this time. The old prejudice, now revived, will lose us some votes Thaddeus Stevens
The suggestion that Negroes should be treated as equals to white men woke some of the deepest and ugliest fears in the American mind David Herbert Donald
Real equality is the soul of the state in a democracy Frederic Bastiat
This country demands that every race measure itself by the American standard. By it a race must rise or fall, succeed or fail… Booker T. Washington
The American idea is a free church in a free state, and a free and un-sectarian public school in every ward and in every village, with its doors wide open to the children of all races and of every creed. It goes still further, and frowns upon the constant attempt to divide our people according to origin or extraction. Henry Cabot Lodge
Class division in knowledge goes deeper than any other class division. Richard Burdon Haldane
Women shall have the same rights and privileges under the law as men in the exercise of suffrage ... and in all other respects. Wisconsin
God did not create woman from man's head, that he should command her, nor from his feet, that she should be his slave, but rather from his side, that she should be near his heart. Jewish Proverb
Power over men is itself a satisfaction, besides providing opportunity to better one's circumstances with a minimum of exertion. Hence, the lust for power increases with its enjoyment and restraint is added to restraint. The government instituted to prevent men from transgressing one another's equal rights thus tends to become a transgressor of the rights of all. The injustice is far more oppressive than anyone man can do unto another, and the interests of freedom can be served only by restraint of government. Frank Chodorov
The intelligent quest is for the free society with equality of opportunity. The quest for equality of result is the path to the widest equality of all: despotism. R. Emmett Tyrrell
Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. Chinese Proverb
We had a responsibility to represent all people whose 1st Amendment rights were at risk David Goldberger
Today the only thing which is not tolerated is intolerance. Ann Widdecombe
Equality of opportunity means the achievers must be allowed to achieve. Kenneth Baker
Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality. Alice Paul
The race cannot succeed, nor build strong citizens, until we have a race of women competent to do more than bear a brood of negative men. T. Thomas Fortune
It was Roosevelt's genius to treat kings like commoners and commoners like kings. And both loved him for it. Gerald Parshall
My years as Governor General taught me many things. Perhaps the most important of them all was how critical our multiculturalism is to the well being of our nation. One sometimes hears suggestions that multiculturalism is divisive. I respectfully disagree. For me, multiculturalism means inclusiveness not division. It’s enabled us to blend the many into a pretty harmonious whole without bringing to this new land old hatreds, old prejudices and old conflicts. It is our multiculturalism in that sense which inspires and sustains our modern Australia. It is not only a moral imperative. In the context of our history and our identity, it is also a pragmatic necessity. William Deane
As long as I have any choice in the matter, I will live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law are the rule. . . . These conditions do not exist in Germany at the present time. Albert Einstein
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else Margaret Mead
The law is equal before all of us; but we are not all equal before the law George Bernard Shaw
Commandment Number One of any truly civilized society is this: Let people be different. Ray Stannard Baker
I have not been able to think out any solution of the terrible problem offered by the presence of the Negro on this continent, but of one thing I am sure, and that is that in as much as he is here and can neither be killed or driven away, the only wise and honorable and Christian thing is to treat each black man and each white man strictly on his merits as a man. Theodore Roosevelt
I stand for the square deal.... I mean not merely that I stand for fair play under the present rules of the game, but I stand for having those rules changed so as to work for a more substantial equality of opportunity and reward. Theodore Roosevelt
It is simply a matter of treating each man, rich or poor, on his merits, and making him feel that at the White House, which is the Nation's property, all reputable citizens of the nation are sure of like treatment. Theodore Roosevelt
There can be no question that women should have equal rights with men.... Especially as regards the laws relating to marriage there should be the most absolute equality between the two sexes. I do not think the woman should assume the man's name. Theodore Roosevelt
I am safe in affirming that the proofs of genius given by the Indians of North America place them on a level with whites in the same uncultivated state. Thomas Jefferson
Secure to all … citizens a perfect equality of rights Thomas Jefferson
The Equality of the Citizens consists in this; that they should all be subject to the same Laws. Catherine II
For our part we regard all human life as equally sacred, whether it be the life of an Empress or the life of a charwoman, and we have no desire to emulate our contemporaries in their attempt to magnify the horror of a crime because the victim belonged to the former rank of life rather than the latter. James Connolly
When the fruits of civilization, created by all, are enjoyed in common by all, then civilization is secure. Not till then. James Connolly
In European states all subjects have equal rights and under a single legislation, whatever their [religious or ethnic] origins… Without such a system, no justice is possible, because each party views its interests in a different way. With time, all the religious communities…become absorbed in pursuing their separate goals, and they regard as political tyranny any attempt to remove the distinctions between them. This runs counter to natural law, which ultimately governs over all. Amin Shumayyil
In earnest, my dear brother, I am sorry for you from the bottom of my soul. Take my advice, and turn Huron; for I see plainly a vast difference between your condition and mine. I am master of my own body, I have the absolute disposal of myself, I do what I please. Kondiaronk
I want my people to live like white people and have the same chance… we want to travel the same road as the white man. Little Raven
Socialism will never substitute one class rule for another …. The aim of Socialism is to do away with rule and exploitation in every form, men becoming free and equal, no masters and servants, but comrades, bothers and sisters. Karl Kautsky
Inequality, he argued, is necessary to generate the savings that growth requires. Arthur Lewis
The Negro claims, as a matter of simple justice, his full share in America's economic and social life. He sees adequate employment opportunities as a chief means of attaining this goal Ad Hoc Committee for the Triple Revolution
All peoples should be assured of equitable access to markets and to essential raw materials. A. J. Muste
Modern liberal societies cannot be based on a simple assertion of group identity - the very idea of the rule of law, of equal legal treatment for everyone regardless of religion, wealth, gender or ethnicity, conflicts with it. David Goodhart
Notwithstanding anything in this Charter, the rights and freedoms referred to in it are guaranteed equally to male and female persons. Canada
In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors. Bertrand Russell
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Equal Rights for All, Special Privileges for None. Andrew Jackson
I am a man. Anonymous
If you think equality is the goal your standards are too low. Anonymous
The Negro’s first want is, not the ballot, but a chance to live,—yes sir, a chance to live. Why he can't even live without the consent of the white man! He has no land; he can make no crops except the white man gives him the chance. He hasn't any timber; he can't get a stick of wood without leave from the white man. We crowd him into the fewest possible employments, and then he can scarcely get work anywhere but in the rice-fields and cotton plantations of a white man who has owned him and given up slavery only at the point of a bayonet... What sort of freedom is that? Anonymous
This is the house that man built, The house that our statesmen have for years controlled, Ruling the world with mind fearless and bold. Can women expect to rule such a house? She that's afraid of a poor little mouse. No, no, suffragette. Your place is not yet Inside the house that man built. Anonymous
White man goes to college, Nigger to the field; White man learns to read and write; Poor Nigger learns to steal ... Anonymous
Saudi women used to drive camels and journey at night among men. What is the difference between a camel and a car? Tal bin Abdelaziz
In the 1960’s I was opposed to a system of preferences known as white supremacy. I am still against preferences. Morris Abram
Principles which united American liberals for generations, now divide me from some who seek equality of result and who sanction the preferences imposed by government to attain it. Morris Abram
While men differ in their natural endowments, they must be treated as equal citizens in the eyes of the law; that they should possess equality of opportunity and be afforded some minimum of social benefits. Morris Abram
I regret the trifling narrow contracted education of the females of my own country. Abigail Adams
The liberal mind regards not what nation or climate it springs up in, nor what color or complexion the man is of. Abigail Adams
Democracies in history always suffered from the necessity of uniting with much of the best in human nature a mass of ignorance and brutality lying at the bottom of all societies. Henry Adams
Inequality of Mind and Body are so established by God Almighty in his Constitution of Human Nature that no art or policy can ever plain them down to a level. John Adams
Was there or will there ever be a nation whose individuals were all equal, in natural and acquired qualities, in virtues, talents, and riches? The answer in all mankind must be in the negative. John Adams
He that despises his neighbor's happiness because he wears a worsted cap or a leather apron, he that struts immeasurably above the lower size of the people, and pretends to adjust the rights of the men by the distinctions of fortune Samuel Adams
If the spirit of equality means anything, it means like opportunity, and if we once lose like opportunity, we lose the only chance we have toward equality throughout the nation. Jane Addams
I do not ask for any crown But that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any world Except the one within. Louisa May Alcott
You don’t want no pie in the sky when you die. Muhammad Ali
It took America three-quarters of a century of agitation and four years of war to learn the meaning of the word "Liberty." God grant to teach us by easier lessons the meaning of the words, "equal rights. American Freedman
If the husband of a woman die, his wife may take her husband's patrimony Anatolia
Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work. Susan B. Anthony
All men must operate under one general law. William Appis
Have you the folly to think that the white men … are the only beloved images of God …. I am satisfied with the manner of my creation, my skin, my people—even if other people are not. William Appis
It is always upon the spirit that I lay stress. The world should know more about our spirit, for the world has tended to ignore Asiatic civilization. I am firmly convinced that the fundamentals of Asiatic civilization are just as good as the European Sadao Araki
Equality ... is the result of human organization.... We are not born equal. Hannah Arendt
Ours has not been a racially democratic society for 300 years. Frank Askin
I think the best country is one in which rich Jews feel like living. Taro Aso
If a woman, who is a widow, enter into the house of a man, whatsoever she brings with her---all is her husband's. But if a man enter in to a woman’s house, whatsoever he brings---all is the woman's Assyria
The spirit, the intent, the purpose of our Constitution is to secure equal and exact justice for all men. John Bingham
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, Had a wife and tried to beat her; But she was a suffragette, And Peter’s in the hospital yet. Anonymous
In this country there is no rank but rank mutton. Sarah Bache
The planet is not yet safe. It suffers from the kind of greed that ignores not only global warming but an even more immediate bomb ready to detonate—the terrible gap on the globe between the rich and the poor, the technologically proficient and the majority left behind, the overfed and the starving, and the arrogance of our only superpower, my country, that sees only as far as the next election or tomorrow's Dow Jones Industrial Index. Benjamin H. Bagdikian
Matters goeth not well to pass in England, nor shall not do till everything be in common … that there be no greater masters than we be. John Ball
Israel has not always been wise enough to invest equally in all its people. Ehud Barak
There is no case in history where the Caucasian race has survived social integration.... We must either submit to the unlawful dictate of the federal government or stand up like men and tell them, "Never. Ross Barnett
If tolerance of diversity involves an admitted element of risk to national unity, intolerance involves a certainty that unity will be destroyed. Alan Barth
If you try and level society, then nobody will do anything. Robert Bartley
The dogma of woman's complete historical subjection to men must be rated as one of the most fantastic myths ever created in the human mind. Mary Ritter Beard
Because you are a great noble, you think you are a great genius! Nobility, a fortune, a rank, appointment to office: all this makes a man so proud! What did you do to earn all this? You took the trouble to get born—nothing more. Pierre Beaumarchais
Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior: she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority. Simone de Beauvoir
What makes equality such a difficult business is that we only want it with our superiors. Henry Becque
Is the great working class oppressed? Yes, undoubtedly it is. God has intended the great to be great and the little to be little. Henry Ward Beecher
When security and equality are in conflict, it will not do to hesitate a moment. Equality must yield. Jeremy Bentham
If you have maximum liberty then the strong can destroy the weak, and if you have absolute equality, you cannot have absolute liberty …. Total liberty can be dreadful, total equality can be equally frightful. Isaiah Berlin
We must be aware of the superiority of our civilization. Silvio Berlusconi
There is no distinction of persons among them, and deference is shown to merit rather than to noble blood. Bernard of Clairvaux
Whites must be made to realize that they are only human, not superior. Steven Biko
The women of France interfere in the politics of the Country, and often give a decided Turn to the Fate of Empires. Anne Willing Bingham
A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some. Harry A. Blackmun
Slowly but surely the old establishment is being replaced by a new, larger, more meritocratic middle class—a middle class that will include millions of people who traditionally may see themselves as working class but whose ambitions are far broader than their parents and grandparents. Tony Blair
… much like the cure-all theory of patent medicine. Harriet Eaton Stanton Blatch
When a man has emerged from slavery, and by the aid of beneficent legislation has shaken off the inseparable concomitants of the state, there must be some stage in the progress of the elevation when he takes the rank of a mere citizen, and ceases to be the special favorite of the law. Joseph P. Bradley
Many white Americans resist relinquishing the sense of entitlement skin color has given them throughout our national history. William W. Bradley
The defeats and victories for the people at the top aren't defeats and victories for the people at the bottom. Bertolt Brecht
Those who have had no share in the good fortunes of the mighty often have a share in their misfortunes. Bertolt Brecht
If one race be inferior to the other socially, the Constitution of the United States cannot put them on the same plane. Henry Billings Brown
The middle class is always a firm champion of equality when it concerns a class above it; but it is its inveterate foe when it concerns elevating a class below it. Orestes Augustus Brownson
It is not healthy when a nation lives within a nation .... A nation cannot be confident of its tomorrow if its refugees are among its own citizens. Pearl S. Buck
Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. Edmund Burke
It's very easy for liberals and conservatives to agree upon liberty, but it is harder for them to agree upon equality. James MacGregor Burns
The notion that all human beings born into this world enter at birth into a definite social and economic classification, in which classification they must remain permanently through life, is wholly false and fatal to a progressive civilization. Nicholas M. Butler
The woman's cause is man's; they rise or sink. Together, dwarfed or godlike, bond or free. Vie H. Campbell
If God were a socialist he would have made all men alike. But God is not a socialist. Roberto de Oliveira Campos
The white man believes in equality, but apparently believes the white man is more equal than the Indian. Harold Cardinal
All Americans are kings. Andrew Carnegie
One man’s right is every man’s right. Andrew Carnegie
To the beloved Republic under whose equal laws I am made a peer of any man, although denied political equality by my native land. [Scotland] Andrew Carnegie
I'm not anti-Semitic. I'm anti-white. Sonny Carson
Equality is a monster. Catherine II
Excessive economic and social disparity between individuals and peoples of the one human race is a source of scandal and militates against social justice, equity, human dignity, as well as social and international peace. Catholic Church
Goods are meant for all. Catholic Church
The evil inequities and oppression of every kind which afflict millions of men and women today openly contradict Christ's Gospel and cannot leave the conscience of any Christian indifferent. Catholic Church
Physical, emotional, psychological and social differences [between the sexes] exist and dare not be disregarded. Emanuel Celler
I wanted everyone to be equal. I wanted everyone to be rich. Nobody would oppress anybody. Nobody would look down on anybody. No capitalism. No oppression. Pic Chhoch
U.S. international and security policy ... has as its primary goal the preservation of what we might call "the Fifth Freedom," understood crudely, but with a fair degree of accuracy, as the freedom to rob, to exploit and to dominate, to undertake any course of action to ensure that existing privilege is protected and advanced. Noam Chomsky
The advantages and privileges which have hitherto enjoyed by the few shall be far more widely shared by the many. Winston Churchill
Rights that were not open to all alike would be no rights. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Death levels all. Claudian
The relative positions assumed by men and women were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence. Grover Cleveland
It seems to me that your country will have to take advantage of the brains and the education and the skills and the capacities of women in order to be what you ought to be and do what you have to do. Bill Clinton
We simply cannot insist that race should not matter when everything in life argues that it does. Richard Cohen
We are for allowing difference and respecting difference until difference doesn't make a difference any more. Johnetta B. Cole
I want men to stop calling me a queen and treating me like an imbecile. Eleanor Foster Comegys
The very existence of government implies inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior of those who are not, as long as he is the repository of power. James Fenimore Cooper
It is against the eternal nature of things that the lazy man and the laborious man, the spendthrift and the man of economy, the foolish and the wise, should obtain and enjoy an equal amount of goods. Victor Cousin
Pellet: “Men are all alike” Wendle: “Only some more than others” Noel Coward
... all good Americans, while verbally asking for nothing but equal rights, ... interpret the phrase so that equal rights become equivalent to special rights. Herbert Croly
The prime culprit in causing contemporary social inequality seems to be merit. Dinesh D'Souza
Our aim is a totally new and just constitutional dispension in which every inhabitant will enjoy equal rights, treatment and opportunity in every sphere of endeavour—constitutional, social and economic. F. W. de Klerk
In order to have economic democracy you have to have equal access to property. Hernando de Soto
America is preeminently the land of great possibilities, of great opportunities, and of no less great probabilities.... We all stand on the great field of renown, with a free and equal chance.... We all have a fair chance and an open field. Long may it so remain. Eugene V. Debs
All privileges by legislation attached to nobility, title, and rank shall be abolished. Denmark
It is the policy of the state [of New York] that the American ideal of equality of opportunity requires that students ... be admitted to educational institutions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, or national origin. Thomas E. Dewey
The striking differences between the long-term histories of peoples of the different continents have been due not to innate differences in the people themselves but to differences in their environments. Jared Diamond
The only method of restoring the natural equality of dignity between men and women, lies in the demolishment of that elaborate theological structure which maintains that woman is made for the possession of man in a sense in which man is not made for woman, and that celibacy, per se, is a state of superior purity. Nature and common sense (not metaphysical sense) demonstrate that there is no good reason why any man or any woman should take, claim, or wield “lordship” over another. Ellen Battelle Dietrick
I am involved in mankind, and whatever the skin, we are all involved in mankind. Equality of opportunity must prevail if we are to complete the covenant that we have made with the people, and when we held up our hands to take an oath to defend the laws and to carry out the Constitution of the United States. Everett Dirksen
Kings! Why, what's a king? .... Is their blood purer than our own? We are all the seed of Abraham! Benjamin Disraeli
I am no leveller; I look upon an artificial equality as equally pernicious with a factitious aristocracy; both depressing the energies and checking the enterprise of a nation. Benjamin Disraeli
The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist. Because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance. Benjamin Disraeli
Right is of no sex – Truth is of no color. Frederick Douglass
In all my interviews with Mr. Lincoln, I was impressed with his entire freedom from popular prejudice against the colored race. He was the first great man that I talked with in the United States freely, who in no single instance reminded me of the difference between himself and myself. Frederick Douglass
When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world. Such a truth is woman's right to equal liberty with man. She was born with it. It was hers before she comprehended it. It is prescribed upon all the powers and faculties of her soul, and no custom, law nor usage can ever destroy it. Frederick Douglass
It is irrational for democratic government to treat all men as though they were politically equal. Anthony Downs
Equal doesn't mean identical. Hugh Downs
I believe the time has come for equal rights for everyone in this country, even for white people. David Duke
Do equall Law and right to all the King's Subjects rich and poor. Daniel Dulany
Differences between male and female should not serve as a subterfuge for denying the human and civil rights that belong to us all … Women, like their male counterparts, should be judged by the law as individuals, not as a class of inferior beings. Florence Dwyer
Women must try to do things as men have tried. Amelia Earhart
Liberty and equality do not … sit happily side by side. Indeed, in many respects they are in conflict. Economist
Opportunity seems to be color-coded here in America Christopher Edley Jr.
The only way you get to the goal of color blindness is to be color conscious along the way. Harry Edwards
The Spartan principle of "calling that which is just, equal; not that which is equal, just. Ralph Waldo Emerson
As to what we call the masses and the common men—there are no common men. All men are at last of a size. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tonight the Negro knows from his radio and television that a Congo native can be a locomotive engineer, but in Jackson [Mississippi] he cannot even drive a garbage truck. Medgar Evers
To reduce inequality, employment must be sustained by appropriate macroeconomic policy. Thomas Ferguson
Woman does not belong to herself.... Man has made her a perpetual minor. Francisco Ferrer
We have been taught by experience the danger of the levelling spirit. Elbridge Gerry
To bear and rear the majestic race to which they can never fully belong! To live vicariously forever, through their sons, the daughters being just another vicarious link! What a supreme and magnificent martyrdom! Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The soldier's business is to take life. For that he is paid by the State, eulogized by political charlatans and upheld by public hysteria. But woman's function is to give life, yet neither the State nor politicians nor public opinion have ever made the slightest provision in return for the life woman has given. Emma Goldman
Apart from undeniable gains, there are still daily cares largely preventing women from enjoying their rights fully. Mikhail Gorbachev
A man does not have to like me to work by my side, or in my employ or to be my next-door neighbor. But he does not have the right to limit my opportunities for employment or my choice of housing. Dick Gregory
Every plausible principle of equality is based on the thought that everyone matters and matters equally. James Griffin
From the first, I took the Japanese seriously. In many respects, they were our equals. In others, they seemed to be our superiors. William Elliot Griffis
I recognize no rights but human rights—I know nothing of men's rights and women's rights. Angelina Grimke
We are equal in war but not in peace. Guam Saying
France is an indivisible, secular, democratic, and social Republic. It ensures the equality of all citizens before the law, without distinction as to origin, race, or religion. It respects all beliefs. France
Men are born free and remain free, and equal in respect of rights. France
If I am to live only with my equals, then I must go down into the tomb of my ancestors and stay there forever. Francis II
Men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal. James Anthony Froude
Personally I prefer that men shall attend to all public matters. Miriam Amanda Furguson
As for Western women, it seems to me that they have often had to struggle to obtain their own rights. That did not leave them much time to prove their abilities. The time will come. Indira Gandhi
I am accused of creating dukes, barons and knights. But who gave the white man the sole right to create the social order. Marcus Garvey
I am the equal of any white man. I want you to feel the same way. Marcus Garvey
The ideology of a ruling class is of little use unless it is accepted by those being ruled. Moses I. Finley
Everybody can be somebody. Floyd Flake
Give the girls a chance. Julia Anna Flisch
The Equal Rights Amendment is a necessity of life… Betty Ford
Income inequality is not a bad thing. Income inequality is a good thing. John Hindraker
Nature hath made men so equal in the faculties of the body and mind, as that, though there be found one man sometimes manifestly stronger in body or of quicker mind than another, yet when all is reckoned together the difference between man and man is not so considerable as that one man can thereupon claim to himself any benefit to which another may not pretend as well as he. Thomas Hobbes
Liberty without equality is a name of noble sound and squalid result. Leonard Hobhouse
Where freedom is real, equality is the passion of the masses. Where equality is real, freedom is the passion of a small minority. Eric Hoffer
Fishing reminds us that all men are created equal before fish. They don’t jump on a President’s line any faster than anyone else’s. Herbert Hoover
Our country has become the land of opportunity to those born without inheritance. Herbert Hoover
Even after marriage it is possible for a woman to have a career. Lou Henry Hoover
Women today have the keys to the doors which have been barred against them and they will open them without asking consent. Ida C. Hulton
While we maintain the unity of the human species, we at the same time repel the depressing assumption of superior and inferior races of men. There are nations more susceptible of cultivation, more highly civilized, but none in themselves nobler than others. All are, in like degree, designed for freedom. Alexander von Humboldt
Unless the woman is liberated, there is no freedom in Iraqi land. Saddam Hussein
That all men are equal is a proposition to which at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent. Aldous Huxley
In the democracy of the dead all men are at last equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. John James Ingalls
Distinction in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. Andrew Jackson
Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. Andrew Jackson
Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow—red, yellow, brown, black and white—and we're all precious in God's sight. Jesse Jackson
The French … do not believe in the unity of the Lord of Heaven and Earth … but have abandoned all religion …. They assert … that all men are equal in humanity, and alike in being men; none has any superiority or merit over any other, and every one disposes of his soul and arranges his life. In this vain belief and preposterous opinion, they have erected new principles and set new laws, and established what Satan has whispered to them and destroyed the bases of religion…. With lying books and meretricious falsehoods they address themselves to every group and say, “We belong to you, to your religion, and to your community” …They are united under the banner of Satan. Ahmad Pasha al Jazzar
The foundation on which all are built is the natural equality of man, the denial of every pre-eminence but that annexed to legal office and particularly the denial of a pre-eminence by birth. Thomas Jefferson
An equal application of law to every condition of man is fundamental Thomas Jefferson
I believe the Indian then to be in body and mind equal to that of the whiteman. Thomas Jefferson
I believe the Indian then to be in body and mind equal to the white man. Thomas Jefferson
Instead of an aristocracy of wealth, of more harm and danger than benefit, to society, and scattered with equal hand throughout all its conditions. Thomas Jefferson
An equal division of property is impracticable. But the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property. Thomas Jefferson
No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another. Thomas Jefferson
No precedence ... of anyone over another, exists in right or practice, at dinners, assemblies, or any other occasions. 'Pell-mell' and 'next the door' for the basis of etiquette in the societies of this country. Thomas Jefferson
We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other. Thomas Jefferson
The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. Thomas Jefferson
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talent. Thomas Jefferson
To unequal privileges among members of the same society the spirit of our nation is, with one accord, adverse. Thomas Jefferson
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
Whatever their degree of talent it is no measure of their rights. Thomas Jefferson
Keep up the middle class; lop off aristocracy on the one hand, and a rabble at the other; let the middle class ... have the power. Andrew Johnson
We seek not just freedom, but opportunity … not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result. Lyndon B. Johnson
To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male ideas to female facts. Lyndon B. Johnson
We seek ... not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and as a result. Lyndon B. Johnson
Our task is to help replace ... despair with opportunity. Lyndon B. Johnson
To be a black in a white society isn’t to stand on level and equal ground. While the races may stand side be side, whites stand on history’s mountain and blacks stand in history’s hollow. Until we overcome unequal history we cannot overcome unequal opportunity. Lyndon B. Johnson
It is better that some should be unhappy than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality. Samuel Johnson
Your levellers wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves. Samuel Johnson
My presence here is one additional bit of evidence that the American dream need not be deferred. Barbara Jordan
Even though the founders were aggressive in pursuing liberty, their quest for equality failed to include all. Barbara Jordan
Unless we labor to help others achieve a reasonable stake in society, we may find ourselves losing the society in which we have too great a stake. Vernon Jordan
Mississippi is now the South's most progressive environment. Because of our history, we went through a crucible others didn't. And that has enabled us to move on in ways that others haven't. Raymond Edwin Mabus Jr
Let us do justice to them [the Jews].... Let us open to them every career in which ability and energy can be displayed. Till we have done this, let us not presume to say that there is no genius among the countrymen of Isaiah, no heroism among the descendants of the Maccabees. Thomas Babington Macaulay
God sees with equal eye William Lyon Mackenzie
We contend that in all laws made, or to be made, every person shall be bound alike—neither should any tenure, estate, charter, degree, birth or place, confer any exemption from the ordinary course of legal proceedings and responsibilities whereunto others are subjected. William Lyon Mackenzie
Equal laws protecting equal rights are the best guarantee of loyalty & love of country. James Madison
Equal laws protecting equal rights ... the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country. James Madison
Our goal is a classless society. John Major
Education ... is the great equalizer of the conditions of men—the balance wheel of the social machinery. Horace Mann
No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him. Thomas Jefferson
There must be no revenge … Our aim is to bring people of all races together. All citizens will by equal in the eyes of the law. Jomo Kenyatta
The foundation on which all our State constitutions are built is the natural equality of man, the denial of every pre-eminence but that annexed to legal office and particularly the denial of a pre-eminence by birth Thomas Jefferson
There's not a white man in this country who can say he never benefited from being white. Thurgood Marshall
This is the first generation where, to any extent, men and women are working together as equals. Lynn Martin
If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of the half of society over which the other half has power—from the exercises of the right of the strongest. Harriet Martineau
I know that men are not equal; nowhere on the earth or in Nature is there equality—there is variety .... The natural variety must be organized through the division and gradation of functions and work; no organization of men is possible without superiors and subordinates, but it must just be an organization, and not a privilege, not aristocratic coercion but mutual service. Tomas G. Masaryk
Feminists want to be treated equally until they are. Mary Matalin
Through the history of the world there have always been exploiters and exploited. There always will be ... because the great mass of men are made by nature to be slaves, they are unfit to control themselves, and for their own good need masters. W. Somerset Maugham
The great families have their privileges. Andre Maurois
Your Country should be your Temple, God at the summit, a People of equals at the base. Guiseppe Mazzini
… fresh proof that the powers of the mind are disconnected with the color of the skin. James McHenry
The momentum for passage of the amendment has sort of worn out because it has already gone through in most of the states where it was natural …. There’s a natural backlash setting in towards the gains the women are making. Doris Meissner
I already belong to a very exclusive club. It's called the U. S. Senate. Barbara Mikulski
We [women] seek equality. We don't seek sameness. Barbara Mikulski
A man's neighbors or his landlord may be much cleverer than himself, and not without an indirect interest in his prosperity, but for all that his interests will be better attended to in his own keeping than in theirs. John Stuart Mill
Human beings are no longer born to their place in life John Stuart Mill
The law should be no respecter of persons but should treat all alike, save where dissimilarity of treatment is required by positive reasons, either of justice or of policy. John Stuart Mill
Equality is the chief groundwork of equity. Michel de Montaigne
Democracy has two extremes to avoid: the spirit of inequality, which leads to an aristocracy, or to the government of a single individual; and the spirit of extreme equality, which conducts it to despotism, as the despotism of a single individual finishes it by conquest. Charles de Montesquieu
There was a strict command throughout all the churches that there should be no persecutions among them, that there should be an equality among all men. Book of Mormon
No State without its consent shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate. Gouverneur Morris
I hope that liberty and equality and opportunity lie within your heart because the hopes of millions of Americans depend on it. Carol Moseley-Braun
establish and maintain equal opportunity and industrial justice. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Those who desire the good of all begin by the abolition of special privilege. Harold J. Laski
… the submerged tenth Harry Laughlin
Inequality of rights and power proceeds from the very Author of nature, from whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named. Leo XIII
We are no longer seeking just a right to privacy and a right to protection from wrong. We have a right—as heterosexuals already have—to see government and society affirm our lives. Jeffrey Levi
By the force of our demands, our determination and our numbers, we shall splinter the segregated South into a thousand pieces, and put them back in the image of God and democracy. John Lewis
America's about individuals, not about averages or groups. Joseph I. Lieberman
Anything is possible for anyone in America. Joseph I. Lieberman
Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man—this race and that race and the other race being inferior, and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position—discarding our standards that we have left us. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal... I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal. Abraham Lincoln
It is in order that each one of you, through this free government which we have enjoyed, have an open field and a fair chance for your industry, enterprise and intelligence.... It is for this the struggle should be maintained. Abraham Lincoln
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
I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races. That I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people.... I as much as any man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. Abraham Lincoln
I have said that in their right to "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness," as proclaimed in that old Declaration, the inferior races are our equals. Abraham Lincoln
Equal justice to the South, it is said, requires us to consent to the extension of slavery to new countries [states]. That is to say, inasmuch as you do not object to my taking my hog to Nebraska, therefore I must not object to your taking your slave. Now, I admit this is perfectly logical, if there is no difference between hogs and negroes. Abraham Lincoln
We started out with "all men are created equal." Then it was "all men are created equal except Negroes." If the Know Nothings have their way, it will be, "All men are created equal except Negroes, foreigners and Catholics”. Abraham Lincoln
For Americans the doctrine of universal equality is a doctrine of death … Charles Lindbergh
Equal and exact justice to every class of our citizens without distinction of color, sex or nationality. Belva Lockwood
I shall recommend … uniform laws … for all of the States, and especially for marriage, divorce, and the limitations of contracts, and such a regulation of the laws of descent and distribution of estates as will make the wife equal with the husband in authority and right, and an equal partner in the common business. Belva Lockwood
If women are given equal pay for Civil Service jobs, maybe other employers will do the same. Belva Lockwood
There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. It’s very hard in military or in personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair. John F. Kennedy
[Speaking of civil rights;] We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the Scriptures and as plain as clear as the American Constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities. John F. Kennedy
When I was a young fellow I was very much disturbed by there being some people with lots of money and lots of people with no money. Rockwell Kent
Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Martin Luther King Jr.
I am not satisfied as long as the Negro sees life as a long and empty corridor with a "No Exit" sign at the end. The cup of endurance has run over. Martin Luther King Jr.
If you're going to be a Black engineer, you've got to see a Black engineer. Jawanza Kinjufu
It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand ... no method by which the communities could translate their desires for those individuals into provision for those individuals. Neil Kinnock
I'd like to get to the point where I can be just as mediocre as a man. Juanita Kreps
If a man be slain, we estimate all equally dear, English and Danish, at 8 half marks of pure gold Alfred the Great
We’ve taken care not to penalize the wealthy but we have to redistribute some income …It is through reform that we can obtain fairness in the modern world…A reformed welfare state is the only way to obtain social justice. Tony Blair
You must have sincere affection for the Savages, looking upon them as ransomed by the blood of the Son of God, and as our brethren with whom we are to pass the rest of our lives. Jean de Brebeuf
Among the progress of the human mind that is most important for human happiness, we must count the entire destruction of the prejudices that have established inequality between the sexes, fatal even to the sex it favors….This inequality has no other source but the abuse of power, and men have tried in vain to excuse it by sophisms. Marquis de Condorcet
The difference between people are really great in terms of the level of their aspirations. Chinese Proverb
It is astonishing with what facility the African brokers reckon up the exchange of European goods for slaves. One of these brokers has perhaps ten slaves to sell, and for each of these he demands ten different articles. He reduces them immediately by the head to bars, coppers, ounces ... and immediately strikes the balance. The European, on the other hand, takes his pen, and with great deliberation, and with all the advantage of the arithmetick and letters, begins to estimate also. He is so unfortunate often, as to make a mistake; but he no sooner errs, than he is detected by this man of inferiour capacity, whom he can neither deceive in the name or quality of his goods, nor in the balance of his account. Thomas Clarkson
Died—Negro Tom, the famous African Calculator, aged 80 years. He was the property of Mrs. Elizabeth Cox of Alexandria. Tom was a very black man. He was brought to this country at the age of 14, and was sold as a slave.... This man was a prodigy. Though he could never read or write, he had perfectly acquired the art of enumeration.... He could multiply seven into itself, that product by seven, and the products, so produced, by seven, for seven times. He could give the number of months, days, weeks, hours, minutes, and seconds in any period of time that any person chose to mention, allowing in his calculation for all leap years that happened in the time; he would give the number of poles, yards, feet, inches, and barley-corns in any distance, say the diameter of the earth's orbit; and in every calculation he would produce the true answer in less time than ninety-nine men out of a hundred would produce with their pens. And, what was, perhaps, more extraordinary, though interrupted in the progress of his calculation, and engaged in discourse necessary for him to begin again, but he would ... cast up plots of land. He took great notice of the lines of land which he had seen surveyed. He drew just conclusions from facts; surprisingly so, for his opportunities. Had his [Thomas Fuller’s] opportunity been equal to those of thousands of his fellow-men ... even a NEWTON himself, need have ashamed to acknowledge him a Brother in Science. Columbian Centinial
Racial preferences are dead. All that is required now is to give them a decent and honorable burial. Ward Connerly
There are no great lords who possess everything and a herd of people who have nothing Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecouer; J. Hector St. John
Segregation is a very simple constitutional question for me: No classification on the basis of race can be made. William O. Douglas
This, then, is first what I will: that every man be worthy of folk-right, as well poor as rich; and that righteous dooms be judged to him; Edgar
There are two separate systems in America. One for the privileged, and one for everybody else. John Edwards
Even if an ass goes travelling he'll not come home a horse English Proverb or Saying
The sun shines upon all alike. English Proverb or Saying
I will always be on the side of those who have nothing. Federico Garcia Lorca
Noble and common blood is of the same color. German Proverb
Equal opportunity for all, special privilege for none. Andrew Jackson
Achieving legal rights is only a first step in achieving equality. Robert Kennedy
Free Americans deserve the chance to be fully self-supporting. Robert Kennedy
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. This perfect equality, and entire independence of all distinct states, is a fundamental principle of public law. It is a necessary consequence of this equality that each nation has a right to govern itself as it may think proper, and no one nation is entitled to dictate a form of government or religion, or a course of internal policy, to another. No state is entitled to take cognizance or notice of the domestic administration of another state, or of what passes within it as between the government and its own subjects James Kent
In the presence of so much suffering, the condition of slavery, in which a considerable part of the great human family has been sunk in squalor and affliction now for many centuries, is deeply to be deplored; for the system is one which is wholly opposed to that which was originally ordained by God and by nature. The Supreme Author of all things so decreed that man should exercise a sort of royal dominion over beasts and cattle and fish and fowl, but never that men should exercise a like dominion over their fellow men. Leo XIII
In America, opportunity and equality are not a zero-sum game Joseph I. Lieberman
I think the negro (sic) is included in the word “men” used in the Declaration of Independence – I believe the declaration that “all men are created equal” is the great fundamental principal upon which are free institutions rest. Abraham Lincoln
We hold the view that all men are created equal." Now, what did they mean by that? Did they mean, my friends, to say that all men were created equal and that that meant that any one man was born to inherit $10 billion and that another child was to be born to inherit nothing? Did that mean, my friends, that someone would come into this world without having had an opportunity, of course, to have hit one lick of work, should be born with more than it and all of its children and children's children could every dispose of, but that another one would have to be born into a life of starvation? Huey P. Long
The Franks are void of all zeal and jealousy. One of them may be walking along with his wife. He meets another man who takes the wife by the hand and steps aside to converse with her while the husband is standing on one side waiting for his wife to conclude the conversation. If she lingers too long for him, he leaves her alone with the conversant and goes away. Usmah Ibn Munqidh
To abolish class distinctions means abolishing a part of yourself. George Orwell Blair
Thomas Fuller, known as the Virginia Calculator, was stolen from his native Africa at the age of fourteen and sold to a planter. When he was about seventy years old, 'two gentlemen, natives of Pennsylvania, viz., William Hartshorne and Samuel Coates, men of probity and respectable characters, having heard, in traveling through the neighborhood in which the slave lived, of his extraordinary powers in arithmetic, sent for him and had their curiosity sufficiently gratified by the answers which he gave to the following questions: First, Upon being asked how many seconds there were in a year and a half, he answered in about two minutes, 47,304,000. Second: On being asked how many seconds a man has lived who is 70 years, 17 days and 12 hours old, he answered in a minute and a half 2,210,500,800. One of the gentlemen who employed himself with his pen in making these calculations told him he was wrong, and the sum was not so great as he had said—upon which the old man hastily replied: stop, master, you forget the leap year. On adding the amount of the seconds of the leap years the amount of the whole in both their sums agreed exactly. Edward Wheeler Scripture
This is the land of freedom. The press is at liberty. Every man has a right to express his opinion. Many thinks, because your skins are tinged with a sable hue, that you are an inferior race of beings; but God does not consider you as such. He hath formed and fashioned you in his own glorious image, and hath bestowed upon you reason and strong powers of intellect. He hath made you to have dominion over the beasts of the field, the fowls of the air, and the fish of the sea. He hath crowned you with glory and honor; hath made you but a little lower than the angels; and, according to the Constitution of these United States, he hath made all men free and equal …. It is not the color of the skin that makes the man, but it is the principles formed within the soul. Maria W. Stewart
Even though our non-Indian friends may cherish (the Declaration of Independence), I would say that we probably meet it with some mixed emotions among the Indian people. I would hope that during my lifetime, that people of all races would live up to the statements in the document. Peterson Zah
Once women got the right to vote, the kind of relaxed about everything. It was not until after World War II that women discovered that they did not have equal opportunity in the workplace.... The result was almost a revolution. Sandra Day O'Connor
Avoiding every type of imperialism, the stronger nations must feel responsible for the other nations, based on the equality of all peoples and with respect for the differences John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
the people's poverty is no other than Our poverty; the people's prosperity is none other than Our prosperity. Nintoku
I am a republican! … I have not been so proud or so prejudiced as to renounce the cause for which I have fought as an American throughout the whole of the Revolutionary War… I am a Jew, and if for no other reason, for the reason that I am a republican… In republics we have rights. In monarchies we live but to experience wrongs….How then can a Jew but be a republican? Benjamin Nones
The main difference in the conceptual framework of a democracy as compared to various Asian regimes is that these regimes do not accept equality as the fundamental basis of their societies …. It is no exaggeration to say that equality is being treated as an alien concept by a large section of the elite in Asia Basil Fernando
The object of our writing to you is to let you know, that we have been informed that some Europeans, residing in our capital, ill-treated some of the Tunisian and other Jews, on the Feast of Easter. Now it is very evident that such conduct is unbecoming. We therefore desire that you warn those under your protection, so that similar bad actions may be avoided in future. Musheer Ahmed Bashaw Bey
The fight for the liberation of the working class from its present position, which is beneath a free people, is not a fight for new class privileges and prerogatives but for equal rights and equal obligations for all and for the abolition of class rule August Palm
Our policy in Asia finds its inspiration in the constitution of the Union of Soviets, which we regard as a model of political equality between different races. It even goes so far as to admit the right of nations entering into the Union to leave it of their own free will without securing the consent of other members of the Union. And we do not apply our logic to ourselves alone; we act in the interest of conserving our institutions by applying in our policy in Asia this principle of “self-determination” – an American principle, by the way, transported to Europe by the Frenchmen who took part in the American War of Independence Christian Rakovsky
Every opponent to socialism should consciously investigate if he, when he lived in hopeless poverty and humiliation, also would be an opponent to socialism Wilhelm Roscher
The Constituent Assembly sets for itself as a fundamental task the suppression of all forms of exploitation of man by man and the complete abolition of class distinctions in society. It aims to crush unmercifully the exploiter, to reorganize society on a socialistic basis, and to bring about the triumph of Socialism throughout the world Russia
Hereafter in the enlistment of men in the Army... no distinction whatsoever shall be made on account of race or color Robert Smalls
It is with humiliation that I am forced to insist upon the same equality in other public institutions of learning and science, also in churches and in the last resting-places of the dead. So far as any of these are public in character and organized by law, they must follow the general requirement. How strange that any institution of learning or science, any church or any cemetery should set up a discrimination so utterly inconsistent with correct principle Charles Sumner
Each day reason penetrates further into France, into the shops of merchants as well as the mansions of lords. We must cultivate the fruits of this reason, especially since it is impossible to check its advance. One cannot govern France, after it has been enlightened by Pascal, Nicole, Arnauld, Bossuiet, Descartes, Gassendi, Bayle, Fontenelle, and the others, as it as been governed in the times of Garasse and Menot. Voltaire
The chiefs do not rule like tyrants; they discuss everything with their people. Often they sit up al night. They discuss the doings of all, if they need to be advised… if the women are interested they can share in the talks… the women sit behind them in another circle, and if the children wish to hear, they can be there too. The women know as much as the men do, and their advice is often asked. Sarah Winnemucca
The Catholic and Protestant, the Calvinist and the Arminian, the Jew and the Infidel, may sit down at the common table of the national councils, without any inquisition into their faith, or mode of worship. Joseph Story
Advocacy is a faith commitment to be part of God's plan for a just world - a world where each person's dignity and worth is valued. A world where everyone has a say in decisions that affect their lives. Lutheran World Relief
Don't judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins. American Indian proverb
It is not fair that some people should have a better chance in life simply because of where they live. Nicolas Sarkozy
A defensible and durable civilization can only sustain itself legitimately and effectively if it recognizes the inherent dignity of every member of the human family Ismail Mohamed
The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth South Africa
We, the people of South Africa, ...Respect those who have worked hard to build and develop our country: and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity. South Africa
All who have died are equal. Comanche Tribe
Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins Cheyenne Tribe
Choose equality …. Inequality has the natural and necessary effect … of materializing our upper class, vulgarizing our middle class, and brutalizing our lower class. Matthew Arnold
Inequality is a fact. Equality is a value. Mason Cooley
When the enemy assaults a given Muslim territory, it becomes incumbent on all its residents to fight against them to the extent that a woman should go out even without the consent of her husband. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man---this race and that race--- and the other race being inferior, and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position, discarding our standard that we have left us. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal. Abraham Lincoln
Sweep from the nation’s capitol that foul blot upon our nation. Henry Clay
No person can, on account of color, be disqualified as a witness, or be disabled to contract otherwise than as others are disabled, or be prevented from acquiring . . . property, or be liable to any other punishment for any offense than that imposed upon others for a like offense . . . or be subjected in law, to any other restraints or qualifications in regard to any personal rights other than such as are laid upon others under like circumstances. Missouri
Radium was discovered by Madame Curie…. In defiance of the dogma that woman is inferior, public homage was rendered to Madame Curie in awarding her with the Nobel Prize. le Radical
There is nothing in the Lawes or Customes of England, which excludes any the meanest man’s Childe, from arriving to the highest Offices in the this Kingdom William Petty
Whoever kindles the flame of intolerance in America is lighting a fire underneath his own home. Harold E. Stassen
Inequality is a good thing. You can’t have a capitalistic system without it. But we have excessive inequality now. Virtually all the benefits are going to a small group of people. Barney Frank
That we may work in righteousness, and lay the Foundation of making the Earth a Common Treasury for All, both Rich and Poor, That every one that is born in the land, may be fed by the Earth his Mother that brought him forth, according to the Reason that rules in the Creation. Not Inclosing any part into any particular hand, but all as one man, working together, and feeding together as Sons of one Father, members of one Family; not one Lording over another, but all looking upon each other, as equals in the Creation; so that our Maker may be glorified in the work of his own hands. Gerrard Winstanley
All men are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety Vermont
Surely there is something unlovely, to modern as against medieval minds, about marked inequality of either kind income or power. Henry C. Simons
Surely God will never give preeminence to unbelievers over the true believers. Muhammad
Individual freedom and individual equality cannot co-exist…. no one since Thomas Jefferson ... has really believed it. Katharine Fullerton Gerould
Equality and emancipation are required by the laws of humanity. These laws are not dependant on Judaism of Christianity because those laws and our claim are prior to both. Ernestine Rose
Every day our nation was segregated was a day that America was unfaithful to our founding ideals George W. Bush
You can no more build up homes without men than you can build up the state without women. We are needed everywhere where human problems are to be solved. Men and women must go through this world together from the cradle to the grave; it is God's way and the fundamental principle of a Republican form of government Anna Howard Shaw
I take it that any statute which is not equal to all, and which deprives any citizen of civil rights, which are secured to other citizens, is an unjust encroachment upon his liberty; and it is in fact a badge of servitude which by the Constitution is prohibited Lyman Trumbull
The colored employees of the Government shall be treated precisely as the whites are treated. If they attend to their duty they will not be disturbed. Grover Cleveland
The colored people should not urge that they be placed on an equality with white people. Ellen G. White
Hundreds of half-naked girls work in the paper-mills, or in any other manufactory, for less than half the wages they would receive in service; but they think their equality is compromised by the latter, and nothing but the wish to obtain some particular article of finery will ever induce them to submit to it. Anthony Trollope
All men therefore among themselves are by nature equal; the inequality we now discern, hath its spring from the Civil Law. Thomas Hobbes
They (Black marines of the Turkish Navy) are from the class of freed slaves or slaves abandoned by merchants unable to sell them. There are always many such at Tripoli. …. They are in exactly the same position with respect to pay, quarters, rations, and clothing as the other Turkish marines, and will equally receive their discharge at the expiration of the allotted term of service. They are in short on the books of the navy. Anonymous
Unlike the position of women in most other ancient civilizations, including that of Greece, the Egyptian woman seems to have enjoyed the same legal and economic rights as the Egyptian man-- at least in theory. This notion is reflected in Egyptian art and historical inscriptions Peter A. Piccione
The rich will buy up whole townships at a time and bring us into lordships William Manning
To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men. Wealth ought not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. William Ellery Channing
Today, the Anglo Saxon Mother, Wife, or Sister, are not alone, in tears for departed Sons, Husbands, and Brothers. The patient Trusting Decendants of Africa’s Clime, have dyed the ground with blood, in defense of the Union, and Democracy. Men too, your Excellency, who know in a measure, the cruelties of the Iron heel of oppression, which in years gone by, the very Power, their blood is now being spilled to maintain, ever ground them to the dust. But When the war trumpet sounded o'er the land, when men knew not the Friend from the Traitor, the Black man laid his life at the Altar of the Nation,–and he was refused. When the arms of the Union, were beaten, in the first year of the War, And the Executive called more food. for its ravaging maw, again the black man begged, the privilege of Aiding his Country in her need, to be again refused, And now, he is in the War: and how has he conducted himself? Let their dusky forms, rise up, out the mires of James Island, and give the answer. Let the rich mould around Wagner’s parapets be upturned, and there will be found an Eloquent answer. Obedient and patient, and Solid as a wall are they. All we lack, is a paler hue, and a better acquaintance with the Alphabet. Now Your Excellency, We have done a Soldiers Duty. Why can’t we have a Soldiers pay? James Henry Gooding
By a series of legislative acts, by executive proclamations, by military orders, and by the adoption of the amendment to the Constitution by the people of the United States, the gigantic system of human slavery that darkened the land, controlled the policy and swayed the destinies of the Republic, has forever perished. Henry Wilson
All persons are equal before the law, so that no person can hold another as a slave. U.S. Senate
As a representative of women let my message be: Yes you can. Benazir Bhutto
Am I not a man and a brother? Josiah Wedgwood
Now let us see if any of you, blind Priests, can speak after this manner, and see if it be not a better Sermon than any of you can make, who are against Women's Speaking. Margaret Askew Fell Fox
Women's Speaking Justified Margaret Askew Fell Fox
Women are important in a man's life only if they're beautiful and charming and keep their femininity. . . . What do these feminists want? What do you want? You say equality . . . . . You're equal in the eyes of the law but not, excuse my saying so, in ability Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Money is the great leveler. Catharine Maria Sedgwick
The preposterous distinctions of rank, which render civilization a curse, by dividing the world between voluptuous tyrants and cunning envious dependents, corrupt, almost equally, every class of people, because respectability is not attached to the discharge of the relative duties of life, but to the station… Mary Wollstonecraft
Women in Iran enjoy the highest levels of freedom. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Oligarchic societies may be able to achieve high rates of growth for a period of time, but continuing inequities in distribution lead to political instability and populism. Francis Fukuyama
Here, no privileged orders – no factitious distinctions in society – no hereditary nobility – no royal prerogatives exist, to interpose barriers between the people, and to create distinct classifications in society. All men being considered as enjoying an equality of rights, the propriety and necessity of dispensing, without distinction, the blessings of education …. DeWitt Clinton
We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities…. This nation … will not be fully free until all its citizens are free. John F. Kennedy
The social degradation of women was a major objective of the feminist movement…. They tell women that in order to be equal they have to be just as promiscuous as men… The Constitution is a beautiful sex neutral document…. The whole idea of feminism is a fraud. As a matter of fact, it is worse than a fraud. Phyllis Schafly
Suffer women once to arrive at an equality with you, and they will from that moment on become your superiors. Cato the Elder; Cato the Censor; Marcus Porcius Cato
Women will take their places beside men as partners, unafraid, useful, successful, and free Anne Tracy Morgan
The vote, I thought, means nothing to women, we should be armed. Edna O'Brien
As I have chosen Fiji, having been born and raised here, as my home, indigenous Fijian aspirations and in particular, the protection of their rights to determine their own destiny, I believe, should always be paramount. Hafizud Dean Khan
I can be influenced by what seems to me to be justice and good sense; but the class war will find me on the side of the educated bourgeoisie. John Maynard Keynes
All men are equal; it is not their birth, but virtue itself that makes the difference Voltaire
Every man alive in the world is a beggar of one sort or another, every last one of them, great and small. The priest begs God for grace, and the king begs something for something. Sometimes he begs the people for loyalty, sometimes he begs God to forgive him William Saroyan
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. The enjoyment of this right follows the badge of citizenship wherever found, and, unimpaired by race or color, it appeals for recognition to American manliness and fairness. Grover Cleveland
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions — it only guarantees equality of opportunity. Irving Kristol
All men are equal before God, but all men are not equal before men because the differences are obvious. James Thomas Kruger
The bigger the gap there is between the rich and the poor, the less stable and successful the society will be Howard Dean
We will be free in complete liberty where the Bulgarian lives: in Bulgaria, Thrace, Macedonia; people of whatever ethnicity live in this heaven of ours, they will be equal in rights to the Bulgarian in everything Vasil Levski
It is impossible for one who leads a life of royal luxury, and coddles himself like a woman, to have a manly thought or do a manly deed. Augustus
What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren’t supposed to work if they had families. What were they to do when the children were grown — watch raindrops coming down the windowpane? Jacqueline Kennedy
The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to be like each other. David Riesman
Slave keeping is a custom that casts the most indelible odium on a whole people, causing some...to infer that they are a different race formed by the Creator for brutal service, to drudge for us with their brethren of the stalls. Providence Gazette
All men were blessed with equal right and privilege and that liberty was the birth right, the Palladium of every individual…. Of all the specious reasons for importing and holding in bondage the native African, none was more absurd than the idea that one who was formed with a dark complexion is inferior to him, who possesses a complexion more light. Should a thing like this be admitted as general mankind would be at once resolved into an unusual monarchy with some weak puny white-faced creature for the sovereign, and those whose color was furtherest removed from white, though a Newton or...a Washington would be reduced to the most abject slavery…. Such claims could never be admitted by any except those who are prompted by avarice to encroach upon the sacred rights of their fellow men, and are vainly endeavoring to appease a corroding conscience. James Tallmadge Jr.
Honor to the French! They have taken good care of the two greatest human needs—good eating and civic equality. Heinrich Heine
All men are created equal in one respect, at least, and that is their desire to be unequal. William Randolph Hearst
There can be no truer principle than this—that every individual of the community at large has an equal right to the protection of government. Alexander Hamilton
I recognize every member of the human family as a brother; and if it was done by human beings, it was done by my brethren. John P. Hale
I consider every attempt to induce women to think they have a just right to participate in the public duties of government as injurious to their best interests and derogatory to their character. Sarah Josepha Hale
In a country where there is no privileged class, genius and industry may attain the highest honors. Sarah Josepha Hale
The feeling of equality which they [Americans] proudly cherish does not proceed from an ignorance of their station, but from the knowledge of their rights; and it is this knowledge which will render it so exceedingly difficult for any tyrant ever to triumph over the liberties of our country. Sarah Josepha Hale
The basis of our constitution is in opposition to the principle of equal political rights if it refuses to all but freeholders any participation in the natural right of self-government... And even among our citizens who participate in the representative privilege, the equality of political rights is entirely prostrated by our constitution... if it gives to every citizen of one county as much weight in the government as to twenty-two equal citizens in another.. If these fundamental principles are of no importance in actual government, then no principles are important. Thomas Jefferson
Men are run ragged by female sexuality all their lives. From the beginning of his life to the end, no man ever fully commands any woman. It's an illusion. Camille Paglia
Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good as someone else. William Saroyan
All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on the earth are equal from birth, all the peoples have a right to live, to be happy and free. Ho Chi Minh
Resolved, That such laws as conflict, in any way with the true and substantial happiness of woman, are contrary to the great precept of nature and of no validity, for this is "superior in obligation to any other. Resolved, That woman is man's equal was intended to be so by the Creator, and the highest good of the race demands that she should be recognized as such. Resolved, That it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women 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; … Elizabeth Cady Stanton
We want to let those other women know … those Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of those women who have been neutering American men and bring us to the point of incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. Allen West
I am glad that we are demonstrating in the United States to-day that the boy should have no more advantage than the girl. William McKinley
I advise you not to meddle in political affairs nor to either support or oppose any party…. A woman should be neutral in public matters. Her family and domestic duties are her first obligations. Simon Bolivar
The king has no equal within his realm. Henry de Bracton
Abraham Lincoln may have freed all Americans, but Samuel Colt made them all equal. Anonymous
By God, that means nigger citizenship …. That will be the last speech Lincoln will ever make. John Wilkes Booth
Put simply, we must always remember that separate but equal is not equal. Paul Martin
Social mobility is much less today in America than it historically has been, and it is almost as low as England, the lowest of the industrial countries of Europe. Niall Ferguson
This is one country. It has become that way because all people who have come here had an equal right to develop their talent. John F. Kennedy
A meritocracy increases inequality --- by its very nature, it has to. Nicholas Lemann
Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. Richard Brodsky
These Indians and such others as the major part of us shall admit into the same fellowship of vote with us from time to time … Roger Williams
Women will be no longer made the slaves of, or dependent upon men ... They will be equal in education, rights, privileges and personal liberty. Robert Owen
All men are created equal. Some, it appears, are created a little more equal than others. Ambrose Bierce
Give men opportunity and opportunity will give you men. George D. Herron
If Eleanor Roosevelt has her way, how are we going to tell the rich from the poor? Harold L. Ickes
I'm all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius Leo Szilard
As long as inheritance lasts, there will be hereditary economic inequality—not the natural inequality of individuals, but the artificial inequality of classes—which will necessarily continue to be expressed in hereditary inequality of the development and cultivation of intelligence and will remain the source and sanction of all political and social inequality. Mikhail Bakunin
There is an increase in inequality in the early stages of development. Simon Kuznets
Unevenness of economic and political development is the inflexible law of capitalism. Vladimir Lenin
I rejoice that I have lived to see this day, when the colored people of this favored land, by law, have equal privileges with the most favored. And I have faith to believe that ere long equal justice will be granted to the poor Indians and the Chinese. Thomas Garrett
I have no patience with the hypothesis occasionally expressed, and often implied, especially in tales written to teach children to be good, that babies are born pretty much alike, and that the sole agencies in creating differences between boy and boy, and man and man, are steady application and moral effort. It is in the most unqualified manner that I object to pretensions of natural equality. The experiences of the nursery, the school, the University, and of professional careers, are a chain of proofs to the contrary. Francis Galton
In a superior civilization, as, for example, that of the Indo-Aryans, the being who is without a characteristic form or caste... would emerge as a pariah. In this respect America is a society of pariahs. There is a role for pariahs. It is to be subjected to beings whose form and internal laws are precisely defined. Instead the modern pariahs seek to become dominant themselves and to exercise their dominion over all the world. Julius Evola
Is it possible for men, however far apart in outward circumstances, for the capitalist and the working-man, to use the common phrase, to meet as individuals beneath a friendly roof, open their minds each to each, and not have their "class theories" insensibly modified by the kindly attrition of a personal acquaintance? In the light of our experience I should say not. Jane Addams
In the long run it is more important to us as a nation to show the world that we believe in equality of opportunity, that we realize that any kind of segregation is discrimination whether it comes about because of race, color, or creed, and that we are determined to show the world that we believe in the things we preach. Eleanor Roosevelt
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell Blair
The higher classes constitute the mind of the single large whole of humanity; the lower classes constitute its limbs; Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Is the Jew a man? He is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh, my fellow; and he shall not, if I can prevent it, be a slave! I demand for him equal rights and privileges, and a place within the pale of the Constitution!" Let all the people say, Even so, AMEN! Campbell's British Banner
The higher classes constitute the mind of the single large whole of humanity; the lower classes constitute its limbs; Johann Gottlieb Fichte
The people of England are not, like the people of France, lovers of naked political equality. England is a great lover of liberty; but of equality she never has been so much enamored. William E. Gladstone
Order is Heaven's first law, and this confessed, Some are, and must be greater than the rest - Alexander Pope
Liberty and equality are not only destructive to the morals, but to the happiness of society. George Fitzhugh
Equality is the measure of all things, and bad behavior is less bad if everyone indulges in it. Theodore Dalrymple; Anthony Daniels
The racial inferiority doctrine is beginning to come into disrepute with people of higher education and is no longer supported by the press or by leading public figures Gunnar Myrdal
Though I have said above 'That all men by nature are equal,' I cannot be supposed to understand all sorts of 'equality.' Age or virtue may give men a just precedency. Excellency of parts and merit may place others above the common level. Birth may subject some, and alliance or benefits others, to pay an observance to those to whom Nature, gratitude, or other respects may have made it due; and yet all this consists with the equality which all men are in in respect of jurisdiction or dominion one over another, which was the equality I there spoke of as proper to the business in hand, being that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subject to the will or authority of any other man. John Locke
The rights, privileges and responsibilities of full American citizenship. This is all that the Negro asks. He will not willingly accept less. As long as America offers less, she will be that much less a democracy. The whole way is the American way Mary McLeod Bethune
Certain it is that the Negro soldiers are not fighting and dying to maintain the status quo for their race. Their place now is in the front of the bullets of the enemy, and below the bombs in enemy planes. Bullets, or threats of bullets, are not likely to cause them to bow and scrape once they are home. Roy Wilkins
The American demands of the Negro are there, made in the American manner, rooted in the American ideal. They are not to be brushed aside, and something more than fulmination and bluster is indicated from the opposition. The next move is up to white Americans, and particularly white Southern Americans. Roy Wilkins
What does the American Negro want? Full citizen status in our American democracy. How shall he reach that goal? By the inward power of the masses. And how shall that power be acquired? Fundamentally, on the highest plane and on the humblest, by a leadership motivated by a world-encompassing philosophy which is rooted in the will of God—a leadership which, itself a vital part of the force of events, is consecrated in humility to the immediate and practical education of the people. Leslie Pinckney Hill
By 'Freedom' for Negroes, I meant and still mean, full economic, political and Social equality with American citizens, in thought, expression and action, with no discrimination based on race or color. W. E. B. Du Bois
The author of the Declaration of Independence and his associates declared equal rights impracticable in society constituted of masses of different races Montgomery Blair
If the civil and political rights of both races be equal one cannot be inferior to the other civilly or politically. If one race be inferior to the other socially, the Constitution of the United States cannot put them upon the same plane... Henry Billings Brown
The only salvation for us besides the power of the Government, is in the possession of the ballot. Give us this, and we will protect ourselves …. All we ask is an equal chance with the white traitors …. Can you deny us this and still keep faith with us? Anonymous
We do not destroy ambition, nor do we seek to divide our wealth into equal shares on stated occasions. We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him and his a proper security, a reasonable leisure, and a decent living throughout life is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power. Franklin D. Roosevelt
He apologizes for injustice …. Belittles the emasculating effects of caste distinctions…. He should be unceasingly and firmly opposed. W. E. B. Du Bois
That the Indians possess the inherent right of expatriation, as well as the more fortunate white race, and have the inalienable right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," so long as they obey the laws and do not trespass on forbidden ground Elmer S. Dundy
In time of peace, no authority civil or military exists for transporting Indians from one section of the country to, another, without the consent of the Indians, nor to confine then to any particular reservation against their will; and where officers of the government attempt to do this and arrest and hold Indians who are at peace with the government for the purpose of removing teens to and confining them on a reservation in the Indian Territory they will be released on habeas corpus. Elmer S. Dundy
Most of all, we should remember all of us are capable of individually helping advance the spirit of equality for all. Mike Rogers
The storm and stress period of women and the new social and psychological formations thereby entailed must indeed extend far into the twentieth century. This period of conflict will cease only when woman within and out of marriage shall have received legal equality with man. Ellen Key
Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently. Tom Robbins
I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family. Theodore Bikel
The people of Canada have worked hard to build a country that opens its doors to include all, regardless of their differences; a country that respects all, regardless of their differences; a country that demands equality for all, regardless of their differences. Paul Martin
A few British suffragettes everybody laughed at started the cause of equality between men and women. Antonio Munoz Molina
I think Republicans need to take income inequality more seriously. Not because I favor equality of outcomes. I do not. I think the Right is correct to stress merit and earned rewards, not handouts and forced equality. But I think what Republicans are blind to is that power corrupts. Jonathan Haidt
From a viable economy to the full funding of Headstart, from a clean environment to true equality for women, from a strong military to a commitment to racial brotherhood, from schools that are honored to streets free of excessive violence. Paul Tsongas
Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman. Susan B. Anthony
If speech always wins, even if it's an atomic secret that's going to be broadcast to our enemies, it's easy to make a decision. Speech always wins. But it doesn't... Liberty doesn't always trump equality or equality always trump liberty. David Souter
In order to be great, you just have to care. You have to care about your world, community, and equality. Katori Hall
Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality. Helen Clark
The purpose that brought the fourteenth amendment into being was equality before the law, and equality, not separation, was written into the law. Robert Bork
For 25 years, it has been my privilege to represent the city of San Francisco and the great state of California; to work to strengthen our vibrant middle class; to secure opportunity and equality. Nancy Pelosi
I am much more open about categories of gender, and my feminism has been about women's safety from violence, increased literacy, decreased poverty and more equality. Judith Butler
Nobody really believes in equality anyway. Warren Farrell
I think the problem is, exceptional women will always succeed. But there are plenty of less-exceptional men who succeed. Until we get the less-exceptional women succeeding equally, we do not have full equality. Cherie Blair
Where terrorists offer injustice, disorder and destruction, the United States and its allies stand for freedom, fairness, equality, hope, and opportunity. John O. Brennan
The sole equality on earth is death. Philip James Bailey
I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman's equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The perfection of our union, especially our commitment to equality of opportunity, has been a story of constant striving to live up to our Founding principles. This is what Abraham Lincoln meant when he said, 'In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve.' Paul Ryan
By in large in this country the issue of gay rights and equality should be past the point of debate. Really, there should be no debate anymore. Scott Fujita
The aim of the Revolution is, so far as the interests of China herself are concerned, the restoration of her original frontiers and, in regard to the rest of the world, a gradual advance of all nations from the stage of equality to that of an ideal unity. Chiang Kai-shek
Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination. Mary Douglas
I joined the Labour party because I believed in equality, in freedom of speech and in tolerance, compassion and understanding for people, irrespective of their background and views. In whatever I decide to do in the future I will hold to those principles. Geoff Hoon
I just believe in equality for all. Ashley Wagner
After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom. Tim Johnson
Marriage equality is coming, and not merely to a theater near you. Suzanne Brockmann
China, as a nation, is a country under the one-party rule of the Communist Party, but it has introduced the market economy. As a country that is under the one-party rule of the Communist Party, normally what they should be seeking is equality of results. Shinzo Abe
S Club 7, in some ways, was a continuation of some of the things I'd have liked to have done with the Spice Girls. It was also a shift in tone. S Club was this equality of boys and girls, very positive, very uplifting, didn't have the edge of the Spice Girls. I didn't want to repeat it. Simon Fuller
I believe in a real democratic system, with a state of law and freedom of the press. I believe in a free, open-market economy integrated with the world. And I believe in equality of opportunity. Those are my basic beliefs. On top of that, of course, I believe in some moral values. Sebastian Pinera
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. Martin Luther King Jr.
Four score 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
Neoliberalism considers the discourse of equality, justice, and democracy quaint, if not dangerous and must be either trivialized, turned into its Orwellian opposite, or eviscerated from public life. Henry Giroux
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
Democracy does not require perfect equality, but it does require that citizens share a common life. What matters is that people of different backgrounds and social positions encounter one another, and bump up against one another, in the course of ordinary life. Michael Sandel
After much deliberation, and after reviewing the legal, public policy and civil-rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that DOMA should be repealed. Bob Casey, Jr.
Even the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality - an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order. Friedrich August von Hayek
Equality and development will not be achieved however if peace is not understood from women's' point of view. Jenny Shipley
The work that must be done for each woman to reconnect with her psyche and to give herself a chance to live her own life is essentially the same. The realization of the equality of all races, the equality of all beings is essential. Betty Buckley
I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman's right to choose. I believe in marriage equality. Andrew Cuomo
Well, my personal mission statement is that we want marriage equality in all 50 states. We want it not to be a state-by-state issue. We don't want it to be something the majority is voting on. I don't think the civil rights of any minority should be in the hands of any majority. Jesse Tyler Ferguson
The thing I want to see before I die is women achieving full equality in the world. I'm very passionate about injustice against women and there's too much of it in the world. In so many parts of the world, women are not regarded as worthy or equal to men. In parts of the world, women are bought and sold. Cherie Blair
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
Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying. Mikhail Bakunin
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
Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves. Maximilien Robespierre
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. Barbara Jordan
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
The king knows with what ardor and perseverance I have at all times been devoted to the cause of liberty and to the principles of humanity, equality and justice. Marquis de Lafayette
Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality. Erich Fromm
The Obama years will be remembered as a cultural - and legal - tipping point for equality for all people who do not identify as strictly heterosexual, arguably the civil rights movement of our times. The president signed the bill repealing 'don't ask, don't tell.' The Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the Supreme Court. Charles M. Blow
The vision that the founding fathers had of rule of law and equality before the law and no one above the law, that is a very viable vision, but instead of that, we have quasi mob rule. James Bovard
It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause. Michael Kinsley
I'm not pretending I can give advice to every single person or every single couple for every situation; I'm making the point that we are not going to get to equality in the workforce before we get to equality in the home. Not going to happen. Sheryl Sandberg
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
To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man. Golda Meir
The 2010 global gender gap report by the World Economic Forum shows that countries with better gender equality have faster-growing, more competitive economies. Michelle Bachelet
Equality and separation cannot exist in the same space. Jason Mraz
The basis, the corner-stone of this Government, was the perfect equality of the free, sovereign, and independent States which made it. Robert Toombs
One of the factors a country's economy depends on is human capital. If you don't provide women with adequate access to healthcare, education and employment, you lose at least half of your potential. So, gender equality and women's empowerment bring huge economic benefits. Michelle Bachelet
We in the Jewish community must ask ourselves what role we are going to play in changing policies and practices that discriminate against LGBT Americans. We have a special responsibility and civic duty to ensure that all Americans are treated with dignity and equality. Lynn Schusterman
I am very proud of the role I played in getting legal equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and in helping get rid of the prejudice by being visible about it, helping to block the conviction of Bill Clinton of impeachment. Barney Frank
As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones. Steven Pinker
Scotland is my country, the nation that shaped me, that taught me my values. A nation whose achievements inspired and inspire me, a community whose failings drive me - drive my overwhelming desire to fight for social justice and equality. Johann Lamont
Sporting events like the Olympics have developed and maintained a clear message of promoting gender equality as an essential criterion in the success of any international event. Richard Attias
Most Americans are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I'm advocating a balanced budget. But along with that, look, there should be gay marriage equality. A woman should have the right to choose. Let's not build a fence across the border. Gary Johnson
You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism. Barry Goldwater
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. Alexis de Tocqueville
To realize that new world we must prefer the values of freedom and equality above all other values - above personal wealth, technical power and nationalism. Herbert Read
Unless there is recognition that women are most vulnerable... and you do something about social and cultural equality for women, you're never going to defeat this pandemic. Stephen Lewis
Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone's responsibility. Ban Ki-moon
Equal pay isn't just a women's issue; when women get equal pay, their family incomes rise and the whole family benefits. Mike Honda
Well, my view before was a Western view, and I certainly understand marriage equality and civil rights, equal rights for all, but having visited developing nations and some of the poorest nations in the world, I realize how deep it goes and how much work really needs to be done to create equality for all. Jason Mraz
We came equals into this world, and equals shall we go out of it. George Mason
I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals. Brigid Brophy
All imaginable futures are not equally possible. Kevin Kelly
We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others. Will Rogers
True equality means holding everyone accountable in the same way, regardless of race, gender, faith, ethnicity - or political ideology. Monica Crowley
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. Thomas Paine
If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present. Franz Boas
I believe that as women, we must commit ourselves to sustaining the progress made by our foremothers who fought so hard for women's equality and liberation. Carre Otis
The Declaration calls us to recognize the inherent equality of all people. And when it becomes unmistakably evident that a government is denying the governed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it's the right of people to establish a new government to secure these unalienable rights. Mike Crapo
I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future. Susan Sontag
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 government to the utmost. Aristotle
If money, education, and honesty will not bring to me as much privilege, as much equality as they bring to any American citizen, then they are to me a curse, and not a blessing. John Hope
Liberals tend to stress how marvelous education is, in and of itself, and also adore it as a vessel for genuine equality. (That's me, by the way: Hell, I think we should be spending $50 billion a year to make college education free). Rick Perlstein
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 Kennedy
My vision for Scotland is one in which we fight together for the values we are care about: equality, fairness and social justice. Those values are the same whether you live in Dumfries or Carlisle. Douglas Alexander
America, 5 years after this brutal attack, is testament that a Nation conceived in liberty and equality will endure. It is a triumph of millions of Americans but it is also the triumph of an idea larger than any one person, larger than any one nation. Nick Rahall
I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy - I don't disparage envy, but I don't accept it as legitimately my master. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The U.N. guards the vital principles entrenched in its charter, notably the sovereign equality of states and the inadmissibility of interference in their internal affairs. It is precisely because the U.N. is the chief guardian of both these sacrosanct principles that it alone is allowed to approve derogations from them. Shashi Tharoor
The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What Republicans need to do is to go back to their roots - starting with Lincoln - and remind the nation that they are the party of national growth, racial equality and unity of purpose. These Lincolnian themes will serve Republicans - and the nation - much better than becoming the party on the lookout for the supposed rat head of higher taxes. Alan Siegel
We want to be brothers and sisters. We want respect and equality. Simon Bolivar, our father, said a balanced world - a universe - a balanced universe in order to have peace and development. Hugo Chavez
Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable conviction in the value of each person, who is then equal. Jeane Kirkpatrick
Think of submitting our measure to the advice of politicians! I would as soon submit the subject of the equality of a goose to a fox. Anna Howard Shaw
Equality for women is progress for all. Ban Ki-moon
The best partnerships aren't dependent on a mere common goal but on a shared path of equality, desire, and no small amount of passion. Sarah MacLean
My views on equality are pretty obvious. I mean, I did play a highly complex lesbian techno DJ on TV, but I know it's not always easy to come out and tell the world where you stand. Sarah Shahi
We are also further than ever from equality of opportunity. Ferdinand Mount
More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development. Kofi Annan
Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure. Samuel Johnson
OK, in all seriousness, I would say I couldn't be in a relationship without equality, generosity, integrity, spirit, kindness and humor. And awesomeness. Jennifer Aniston
The biggest deficit in terms of gender equality at Ozon lay in our IT department. So we made a decision, along with our key IT leaders, to remove all filters and systemically interview all the women who apply. Maelle Gavet
Gender equality cannot be achieved by cutting programs that allow girls to get the same chance to compete, learn, and play. The United States has had a solid history of commitment to its female athletes and expanding opportunity for women, and it is imperative that we continue on this path. Linda Sanchez
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
If we are to give the people of China complete self-government we must first solve the problem of livelihood for all, and give real freedom to the races within China. If the foundations of democracy are secure, then true equality can be achieved. Chiang Kai-shek
Looking for equality everywhere is a huge mistake because equals are terrible and boring. But a sense of fairness and justice is a totally different thing and a much more complex thing. Josh Homme
Educational equality doesn't guarantee equality on the labor market. Even the most developed countries are not gender-equal. There are still glass ceilings and 'leaky pipelines' that prevent women from getting ahead in the workplace. Michelle Bachelet
In '42,' it's like the '40s where racial equality had come into the consciousness of a lot of people, whereas in the 1900s it was sort of a new thing. Andre Holland
You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice. It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties. It doubts our concern. It questions our commitment. Because there is no way we can look at what's happening in Africa, and if we're honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else. Bono
What is being called the UN 'gender architecture' is more like a shack. Women need a bigger global house if equality is ever to become a reality. Charlotte Bunch
I'm an activist for gay marriage equality and children's rights. I'm the face of Share Our Strength. Sandra Lee
I know what it's like to be in the closet! I know what it's like to be bullied and attacked because someone or some group thought I was different or below them... so, I'm coming out of the closet as an ally of equality for everyone; as an ally to hope. Jason Alexander
Republicans many times can't get the words 'equality of opportunity' out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way. Jack Kemp
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation - through compassion and courage - about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice. Mark Pryor
I'll never understand how destroying families through deportation benefits our society. How we treat the undocumented says a great deal about us as a people and whether or not we'll continue to fulfill the fundamental American promise of equality and opportunity for all. Conor Oberst
As long as there is rape... there is not going to be any peace or justice or equality or freedom. You are not going to become what you want to become or who you want to become. You are not going to live in the world you want to live in. Andrea Dworkin
The greatest problem is not with flat-out white racists, but rather with the far larger number of Americans who believe intellectually in racial equality but are quietly oblivious to injustice around them. Nicholas Kristof
Women have talent and intelligence but, due to social constraints and prejudices, it is still a long distance away from the goal of gender equality. Pratibha Patil
It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive. Thomas Mann
Gender equality and women's empowerment have been a top priority for me from day one as Secretary-General. And I am committed to making sure that the U.N. leads by example. Ban Ki-moon
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
Stewardesses are still paid so little that in many cases, new hires qualify for food stamps. Patricia Ireland
To allow injustice and inequality invites a Ferguson to your community. We must stand together, black, white, brown, red, and yellow and fight for justice and equality for all. It's the only way to avoid more Fergusons. Jesse Jackson
My mum fought for feminism in her day so instilled in me the importance of equality. She taught me so much about women. Chris Evans
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
Now they have come to the place where their faith can no longer feed on the bread of repression and violence. They ask for the bread of liberty, of public equality, and public responsibility. It must not be denied them. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson
Sports is the common denominator in the world that brings everyone together. If there's any one place in the world where there is equality, it is probably sports. That was something that didn't always exist. We've come a long way in sports. Why can't society use sports as a way to bring people together and create change? Stephen M. Ross
The unionists also for their part, want to minimise the potential for change, not only on the equality agenda but on the issues of sovereignty and ending the union. Gerry Adams
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
We are all different. Yet we are all God's children. We are all united behind this country and the common cause of freedom, justice, fairness, and equality. That is what unites us. Barbara Boxer
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. Vidal Sassoon
Racism oppresses its victims, but also binds the oppressors, who sear their consciences with more and more lies until they become prisoners of those lies. They cannot face the truth of human equality because it reveals the horror of the injustices they commit. Alveda King
All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They. Rudyard Kipling
There are a lot of things that fit on a bumper sticker in terms of either liberty or equality or progress that when made more concrete just don't pan out. Laurence Tribe
We have to restore power to the family, to the neighborhood, and the community with a non-market principle, a principle of equality, of charity, of let's-take-care-of-one-another. That's the creative challenge. Jerry Brown
The virtue of gay equality has become increasingly recognized in the U.S. because people have been persuaded of its merits, not because state officials, acting like Inquisitors, forced people to accept it by punishing them for their refusal. Glenn Greenwald
Evan Wolfson is a dear friend of mine. Almost more than any other, Evan is responsible for bringing the issue of marriage equality to the forefront of our struggle for civil rights. He is a courageous pioneer who has been relentless in this battle for marriage equality. David Mixner
America is not perfect. It took a bloody civil war to free over 4 million African Americans who lived enslaved. It took another hundred years after that before they achieved full equality under the law. Marco Rubio
Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society. Sonia Sotomayor
Our daughters were coming of age during a rising consciousness about gender equality. Throughout their school years - from kindergarten through graduate school, 1972 to 1992 - women were starting to take their places in areas traditionally reserved mostly for men. Tom Brokaw
We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room. Bella Abzug
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
Proclaim human equality as loudly as you like, Witless will serve his brother. Thomas Huxley
We are in the midst of an exciting canvass... I am working very hard in politics as well as in other matters. We are determined that Mississippi shall be settled on a basis of justice and political and legal equality. Hiram Rhodes Revels
There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion. Malala Yousafzai
Earlier feminists were almost universally pro-choice and have dominated political debate until now. Having access to abortion was viewed as the only way women could have full equality with men, who, until recently, couldn't get pregnant. Kathleen Parker
If you believe in equality, if you believe in standing up for the rights of all, especially for people most affected by bigotry and discrimination, then you have no choice but to be present and accounted for when it comes to standing up for gays and lesbians in our society. Michael Moore
In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards. Bertrand Russell
As a result of America's efforts to realize the ideals of equality and freedom, blacks in America are now the freest and richest black people anywhere on the face of the earth including all of the nations that are ruled by blacks. David Horowitz
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die. Bob Dylan
All sports must be treated on the basis of equality. Pierre de Coubertin
A fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality. Jimmy Carter
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity. Irving Kristol
I have always said that I want Malawi to attain growth that should not just be seen in GDP, but in the growth of opportunities for all, protection for all, and equality for all. Joyce Banda
You can't state difference and also state equality. We have to state sameness to understand equality. Zadie Smith
I do not want to be the angel of any home: I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality. After that is secured, then men and women can take turns being angels. Agnes Macphail
Republican presidents talk about freedom. Democratic presidents talk about equality. Timothy Noah
Do people really want liberty, equality, fraternity? Is it not some manner of speaking? Krzysztof Kieslowski
I believe in unconditional love and equality. Jesus Christ exemplified these qualities. Jack Canfield
Let us remember we are all part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest. Barack Obama
Social media are a catalyst for the advancement of everyone's rights. It's where we're reminded that we're all human and all equal. It's where people can find and fight for a cause, global or local, popular or specialized, even when there are hundreds of miles between them. Queen Rania of Jordan
Each country has a soul, and France's soul is equality. Francois Hollande
We live in a world where equality is pretty important. John Key
When people ask me do I believe in feminism - well, I didn't even know I was a feminist. I was the top of the bill; I've always been the top of the bill. So I don't know what equality is. Cilla Black
Our goals for this nation must be nothing less than to double the size of our economy and bring prosperity and jobs, ownership and equality of opportunity to all Americans, especially those living in our nation's pockets of poverty. Jack Kemp
There is no justice in social justice, and there is no equality in social equality. Brad Thor
The people who believe themselves to be on the left, and who defend the agents of Islam in the name of tolerance and culture, are being rightwing. Not just rightwing. Extreme rightwing. I don't understand how you can be so upset about the Christian right and just ignore the Islamic right. I'm talking about equality. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
We don't live in a society that has genuine equality, and every woman we know has experienced that. Sara Sheridan
It is right that people should have a statuary right to holidays and a maximum working week. It is right that part-time workers should have the same equality when it comes to hourly rates. John Reid
If increasing income equality is the goal, it might be wiser to put money into infrastructure than to subsidize manufacturing. Construction also pays good wages, but with lower educational requirements. And America's infrastructure needs are enormous. Christina Romer
These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have. Abraham Lincoln
Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart. Honore de Balzac
I think it is important that you have people from all different vanguards, from all different walks of society and different viewpoints to be focused on the struggle for equality and democracy. We need as many champions for the cause and as many events as possible to help keep this in focus. Lupe Fiasco
For a modern woman it is important to be supported and that there is equality in every aspect, and that it's not two halves that make a whole - it's two wholes that make a whole. Katy Perry
Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice. Gerry Adams
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer. George Orwell
Feminism is just an idea. It's a philosophy. It's about the equality of women in all realms. It's not about man-hating. It's not about being humorless. We have to let go of these misconceptions that have plagued feminism for 40, 50 years. Roxane Gay
One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. Marlo Thomas
'Garage Magazine' has a strong track record of promoting diversity and racial and gender equality in the worlds of art and fashion and will continue in our mission to stir positive debate on these and other issues. Dasha Zhukova
Sometimes black people really want to hold onto our oppression - 'This is ours! This belongs to us.' You can't just talk about equality for somebody else. Let's pass it on. Let's pass it on to somebody else. At the end of the day, it is all about inequality. Wanda Sykes
God allows unjust disparities between rich and poor because He does not miraculously intervene to establish justice against human wills. Also, discrepancies are not unjust by themselves; justice does not mean equality of result but equality of opportunity. Peter Kreeft
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. Malcolm X
Marriage equality is a term so ridiculous on its face that when you hear it mentioned, you would think you were in Riyadh. Years from now, perhaps we can lose the equality part, the same-sex part and call it what it is - marriage. Henry Rollins
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. Alexis de Tocqueville
The Millennium Development Goals were a pledge to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity, and free the world from extreme poverty. The MDGs, with eight goals and a set of measurable time-bound targets, established a blueprint for tackling the most pressing development challenges of our time. Ban Ki-moon
There needs to be radical development in equality law to create the environment to allow women to stay in work. Ken Livingstone
What's really sad is that so many young women between the ages of 16 and 25 are ignorant and they already believe that women get the same pay as men. They don't even really understand that equality hasn't happened with the pay force. bell hooks
I support anything that broadens the message of gender equality and tempers the stigma of the feminist label. We run into trouble, though, when we celebrate celebrity feminism while avoiding the actual work of feminism. Roxane Gay
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell
The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal. Kurt Vonnegut
Socialism values equality more than liberty. Dennis Prager
Too often, we fall into the trap of thinking 'equal' means 'the same' and that we achieve equality by treating everyone identically. Stella Young
Women have fought so long and hard for our rights and equality, and now all our attention is put on being a size 0. Pink
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. Mahatma Gandhi
I speak not for myself but for those without voice... those who have fought for their rights... their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated. Malala Yousafzai
I hope that by just being a competent member and expressing informed views on issues that aren't related to issues of LGBT equality, Republicans see me as a general asset. Mark Takano
All men are born equally free. Salmon P. Chase
In Nicaragua, liberty, equality and the rule of law were the stuff of dreams. But in Paris I discovered the value of those words. Bianca Jagger
People are pretty much alike. It's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities. Linda Ellerbee
As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance. Mason Cooley
If supporters of equality for women want to vote for the best candidate, they must look to a person regardless of gender and must disregard the gender of political opponents. Karen DeCrow
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us. Lionel Trilling
In my opinion, the battles over birth control and Planned Parenthood are primarily neither political nor religious. This is an issue of equality for women. This is an issue of women's rights: Planned Parenthood is the most important private provider of reproductive health care for women in the United States. Karen DeCrow
I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity. Josephine Baker
I believe there is complete equality between men and women. And I believe those passages in the New Testament, not by Jesus, but by Paul, that say women should not adorn themselves, they should always wear hats or color their hair in church - things like that - I think they are signs of the times and should not apply to modern-day life. Jimmy Carter
The battle for women's rights has been largely won. Margaret Thatcher
I would definitely say I'm a feminist. To me, it just means being attentive and mindful. It's about equality and equal treatment. It feels like a gut instinct. Hattie Morahan
At some point we have to stop and say, There's Marlee, not, There's the deaf actress. Marlee Matlin
Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality; he carried the American flag. Adrian Cronauer
The media says that equality for women has arrived, but if you look around, you still don't see girls playing guitars and having success with it. Joan Jett
I believe and support the feminist movement, but I am not generally interested in considering women's rights in relation to equality with men, or in a competition with men, but rather within their own rights and feminine space. Shirin Neshat
At a time when efforts are being made to eradicate discrimination between the sexes in the search for social equality and justice, the differences between the sexes are being rediscovered. Carol Gilligan
There's a remarkable amount of sexism on TV. When male characters are flawed, they're interesting, deep and complex. But when female characters are flawed, they're just a mess. It's good to put more flawed but interesting female characters out there because it promotes equality. Ellen Pompeo
When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes, then we've really and truly arrived. Parity at last! Billie Jean King
I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. John Randolph
Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them. B. R. Ambedkar
All of us, wherever we happen to stand on the marriage equality issue, can agree that all our children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home, protected equally under the law. Martin O'Malley
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
If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality. Malcolm X
As slavery died for the greater good of America, and the movement for equality sputtered to life, the white woman was on the cover of every American magazine. She was the dazzling jewel on every movie screen, the glory of every commercial and television show. Jill Scott
What I find most interesting about the U.S. is this idea of equality. Jorge Ramos
I believe the equal rights amendment is a necessity of life for all citizens. The cabinet sometimes felt that I shouldn't be so outspoken. Betty Ford
Until women learn to want economic independence, and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no roots. Crystal Eastman
There cannot be enduring peace, prosperity, equality and brotherhood in this world if our aims are so separate and divergent, if we do not accept that in the end we are people, all alike, sharing the Earth among ourselves and also with other sentient beings, all of whom have an equal role and stake in the state of this planet and its players. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
When we talk about feminism - equality without apology for all - we can't be talking about for all white women or all highly educated women but all women, regardless of color, class, creed, sexual orientation or identity. Christine Pelosi
Fairness is not about statistical equality. John Bercow
The March on Washington affirmed our values as a people: equality and opportunity for all. Forty-one years ago, during a time of segregation, these were an ideal. Leonard Boswell
The right to a quality education is, I believe, the perfect path to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilizations. Without such a right, the values of liberty, justice and equality will have no meaning. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind. Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned
Rosa Parks was the queen mother of a movement whose single act of heroism sparked the movement for freedom, justice and equality. Her greatest contribution is that she told us a regular person can make a difference. Marc Morial
Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk. Peggy Noonan
Is there an equality of power between America and Iraq? Definitely not; however, the Iraqi people are standing fast and are defending their land courageously. Bashir Assad
Disease generally begins that equality which death completes. Samuel Johnson
I think at the heart of the pro-life movement is the idea that all people are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights starting with life. Mike Huckabee
On the one hand we publicly pronounce the equality of all peoples; on the other hand, in our immigration laws, we embrace in practice these very theories we abhor and verbally condemn. Emanuel Celler
President Obama and Democrats won a mandate to move us forward with jobs, healthcare reform, equality, and nation building here at home. Christine Pelosi
I should like to suggest to you that the cause of all the economic troubles is that we have an economic system which tries to maintain an equality of value between two things, which it would be better to recognise from the beginning as of unequal value. Paul Dirac
We know we cannot achieve our twin goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity without ending poverty and creating equality for women and girls. Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other. Mary Douglas
The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Anatole France
I've always been hopeful about Scotland's prospects. And I now believe more than ever that Scotland is within touching distance of achieving independence and equality. Sean Connery
It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality. Samuel Johnson
I'm a feminist in the true sense of the word. It's about equality. Natalie Dormer
The Nordic countries are leading the way on women's equality, recognizing women as equal citizens rather than commodities for sale. Johanna Siguroardottir
Marriage equality - I think that it's a constitutionally guaranteed right. Let's end the drug wars. Let's balance the federal budget, and that means reforming the entitlements - Medicaid, Medicare. Gary Johnson
The smaller the planets are, they are, other things being equal, of so much the greater density; for so the powers of gravity on their several surfaces come nearer to equality. They are likewise, other things being equal, of the greater density, as they are nearer to the sun. Isaac Newton
The MLK Shabbat Suppers focused on the theme of educational inequity, which Dr. King considered inextricably linked to the struggle for equality and justice. Lynn Schusterman
Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I'm going to press on for equality. I'm going to press on for the sake of our children. I'm going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I am going to press on. Barack Obama
I don't believe that if I came out as bisexual the world will change. But it's really important for people to be truthful about who they are and fight for equality. We need to help the world usher itself into the next phase. Olivia Thirlby
The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Martin Luther King Jr.
The most important thing is the indigenous people are not vindictive by nature. We are not here to oppress anybody - but to join together and build Bolivia, with justice and equality. Evo Morales
Education promotes equality and lifts people out of poverty. It teaches children how to become good citizens. Education is not just for a privileged few, it is for everyone. It is a fundamental human right. Ban Ki-moon
Marriage equality is about more than just marriage. It's about something greater. It's about acceptance. Charlize Theron
Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance. Kim Campbell
The focus of tolerance education is to deal with the concept of equality and fairness. We need to establish confidence with children that there is more goodness than horror in this world. Morris Dees
Equality and self-determination should never be divided in the name of religious or ideological fervor. Rita Dove
It is Republicans that have led the fight for women's equality. Go back through history and look at who was the first woman to ever vote, elected to office, go to Congress. Marsha Blackburn
Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal. Aristotle
The Internet is the hope of an integrated world without frontiers, a common world without controlling owners, a world of opportunities and equality. This is a utopia that we have been dreaming about and is a world in which each and every one of us are protagonists of a destiny that we have in our hands. Laura Chinchilla
Equality and prosperity shouldn't be seen as enemies of each other, but as partners. One reinforces the other. Nicola Sturgeon
On the road to equality there is no better place for blacks to detour around American values than in forgoing its example in the treatment of its women and the organization of its family. Eleanor Holmes Norton
In 1919, at the Paris Peace Conference, Japan had put forward a proposal to guarantee racial equality at the League of Nations, but Woodrow Wilson overturned it in the face of majority support. Pankaj Mishra
Equality under the law is the slow triumph of hope over history. Jim Cooper
Such security is equal liberty. But it is not necessarily equality in the use of the earth. Benjamin Tucker
Mormons... are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command. Mary Douglas
I am totally against the idea that a Muslim woman should not have the same opportunities as a Muslim man to learn, to open up, to work, help shape the future. To close Islam down to a sexist approach is totally intolerable and ridiculous. It's not Islam. King Hussein I
I don't believe in social equality, and they know it. George Smathers
Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. Zachary Quinto
Family law is institutionally anti-male. I've been lobbying MPs, and I'm not going to give up campaigning for equality until I get equality. Louis de Bernieres
2013 was a year of myths falling apart. The myth of President Obama - a myth in which Obama was a messianic figure descending to bequeath health care, equality, and brotherhood on mankind - imploded. The myth of an America embracing the leftist social agenda collapsed. Ben Shapiro
When I was coming of age, I remembered reading and studying the initial ideas within the feminist movement. There was this idea with my parents' generation that in order to find equality, a woman would need to behave like a man. Bryce Dallas Howard
I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around... I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality. Kaley Cuoco
Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole. Mao Zedong
Sweden is an open, liberal, secular and democratic country. We strive towards achieving equality; we are forward-looking and refuse to be pulled back by social constructs such as religion. Bjorn Ulvaeus
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
Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality. Plato
I'm trying to create the world around myself to be a place of as much equality and openheartedness as possible. Robin Thicke
Gender equality will only be reached if we are able to empower women. Michelle Bachelet
Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance. Kofi Annan
The beauty of our democracy lies in the American value of equality: if you vote, you have a seat at the table. If you speak, you have a chance to persuade others. A billionaire and a minimum wage earner have the same power at the ballot box. Christine Pelosi
I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity. B. R. Ambedkar
The only way to get gay issues off the front pages of Canadian newspapers is to grant gay and lesbian people our full civil equality and leave it alone. Dan Savage
Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty. Robert Casey
Under Tunisian law, a woman can divorce her husband. Total equality. Rashid al-Ghannushi
Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. Albert Einstein
Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes. Khalil Gibran
Every president to hold office has espoused some version of Americanism - the truths that we hold self-evident, even when those truths are not always in evidence. But for all their grand rhetoric and mostly good deeds, none was able to seal the deal on the trifecta of equality, plurality and socioeconomic ascendancy. Obama has. John Ridley
In Sweden, there's a lot of talk of gender equality. That discussion isn't as prevalent in the U.S. I feel that successful American women are tougher than Swedish women - they create their space. Joel Kinnaman
His lordship may compel us to be equal upstairs, but there will never be equality in the servants hall. James M. Barrie
American society will never completely understand the true meaning of equality. Bryant H. McGill
People say that human rights is a Western construct foisted on others. But that's not true. Equality, dignity, respect and justice are as much an integral part of the Islamic tradition. Cherie Blair
When you say 'revolution' when you have only men outside, you know that something is going wrong. I'm not like a hardcore feminist, but I think that one of the things that makes the society advanced is equality between men and women. If half of the society is oppressed by the other half, it's not fine. Marjane Satrapi
It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing. Herodotus
The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
You got to fight for quality art and equality and all the things that we're fighting for, the things we believe in. Choice and preference and all those things that we support. We don't want to give up that fight. You got to keep doing it. Christopher Cross
We are not supposed to be all equal. Let's just forget that. We are supposed to have equal rights under law. If we do that, we have done enough. Ben Stein
My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much, and I am willing to do this again if necessary. Benigno Aquino III
We will not build a society that reflects who we are and that has opportunities for equality or justice if we don't make progress for all participants. Mitchell Baker
I've been a staunch advocate of women's empowerment, and I've worked hard throughout my career to advance the cause. It is heartening to see that gender equality is really becoming more of a reality. There is still much more to be done, and I'm confident that, by working together, we can empower women worldwide. Madhuri Dixit
It is crucial that members of Congress cast votes that are supportive of the values upon which our nation was founded: equality, freedom, and opportunity for all people. Joe Baca
Give us equality of enjoyment, equal right to expansion - it is as necessary to our prosperity as yours. Robert Toombs
If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. J. K. Rowling
Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. Ellen DeGeneres
I believe I've always been a big believer in equality. No one has ever been able to tell me I couldn't do something because I was a girl. Anne Hathaway
I want to organize so that women see ourselves as people who are entitled to power, entitled to leadership. Patricia Ireland
True gender equality in Scotland - and elsewhere - is still some way off. Nicola Sturgeon
In 1965, I marched for equality. Alphonso Jackson
Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism... to ward off threats to her own security and influence. Bernadette Devlin
The American economic, political, and social organization has given to its citizens the benefits of material prosperity, political liberty, and a wholesome natural equality; and this achievement is a gain, not only to Americans, but to the world and to civilization. Herbert Croly
'Vote Love' means vote equality. It means vote change. It means vote what's right for humanity. Macklemore
The cry of equality pulls everyone down. Iris Murdoch
We will have bigger bureaucracies, bigger labor unions, and bigger state-run corporations. It will be harder to be an entrepreneur because of punitive taxes and regulations. The rewards of success will be expropriated for the sake of attaining greater income equality. Arthur C. Brooks
Yugoslavia is a multinational community and it can survive only under the conditions of full equality for all nations that live in it. Slobodan Milosevic
We want order and security, and we want liberty. And we want not only liberty but equality as well. David Souter
We are a model country where gender equality is concerned. Tarja Halonen
Private religious speech can't be discriminated against. It has to be treated equally with secular speech. Samuel Alito
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. John F. Kennedy
I don't consider myself a feminist, but I feel very empowered as a woman, and I've used all my resources widely. I believe in equality, but that's just naturally happening. I still want a door opened for me, to be treated like a lady, but I also want equal rights for women, of course. Pamela Anderson
Mr. Christ, I read you as an infinitely patient entity who, as they say, often works in mysterious ways, a rebel unafraid to take the tougher, less traveled paths. Seems to me you're playing the long game. Is that why more states are coming out in favor of marriage equality? Is that why the Affordable Care Act is now with us? Henry Rollins
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
I feel like a feminist is gender equality. Ilana Glazer
The equality among all members of the League, which is provided in the statutes giving each state only one vote, cannot of course abolish the actual material inequality of the powers concerned. Hjalmar Branting
Imperfect though it may be, the Beijing Platform for Action is the strongest statement of consensus on women's equality, empowerment and justice ever produced by governments. Bella Abzug
As we celebrate the considerable progress we've made toward full equality in our military, we cannot forget about those who continue to suffer because of the discriminatory policies of our past. Mark Pocan
In a unified and diverse Spain, based on the equality of and solidarity between its people, there is room for all of us. And for all of our feelings and sensitivities and our distinct ways of being Spaniards. Felipe VI
The more equality women have, the fairer, more civilized and tolerant society will be. Sexual equality is a lot more effective against terrorism than military strength. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
If women really want equality, we have to wipe the slate clean. It no longer matters in the largest sense what men did to us for the last 200 or 300 years. Nancy Friday
I've praised Obama's record on same-sex equality as enthusiastically as anyone: it's one area where his record has been impressive. I understand, and have expressed, the emotional importance for LGBT Americans of his marriage announcement as well as its political significance. Glenn Greenwald
I don't think we really think about where we get our equality from. There is a sense of feminism and women become passe, in my opinion. Anastasia Griffith
For me, feminism is about equality. So, when someone works for a Wall Street firm and says they're a feminist, my eyes are going to roll. Jodie Evans
I am a social democrat - I believe in pursuing greater equality and tackling social justice - but... you can't do that unless you have got a strong economy, unless you have got a vibrant business base earning the wealth that makes that possible. Nicola Sturgeon
No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Martin Luther King was a misguided leader. He worked to be recognized as the leader of black America, when what black America needs isn't a leader - it is education. Giving speeches and marching - that's not the concept that brings about real freedom, equality and justice. Don Yaeger
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
The basic Buddhist stand on the question of equality between the genders is age-old. At the highest tantric levels, at the highest esoteric level, you must respect women: every woman. Dalai Lama
The liberal ideal is that everyone should have fair access and fair opportunity. This is not equality of result. It's equality of opportunity. There's a fundamental difference. Robert Reich
Equality implies individuality. Trey Anastasio
Demands for equality for women are threats to men's self-esteem and sense of sexual turf. Alice S. Rossi
Old white guys can be a funny bunch, can't they? The same anti-same-sex marriage, anti-affirmative action cadre can flower into the biggest supporters of 'equality' the minute they get a whiff of minority empowerment. John Ridley
The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb. Robert Casey
Now is not the time for us to shy away from challenging ourselves to make substantive change for the better. We have the opportunity to raise the bar in the faith-based world by forging a culture in which inclusivity, diversity, and equality are paramount. Lynn Schusterman
It's annoying, but justice and equality are mates. Aren't they? Justice always wants to hang out with equality. And equality is a real pain. Bono
Until we command the exact same salary as every male counterpart, I feel a political desire to stand by other women. If we don't stand together, that equality will never be fully realized, and that bothers me. Shirley Manson
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
In the end no segregationist scheme has withstood the force of a simple idea: equality under law. Eric Liu
A formally recognized equality does, however, accord the smaller nations a position which they should be able to use increasingly in the interest of humanity as a whole and in the service of the ideal. Hjalmar Branting
Doing difficult things like passing marriage equality, passing the Dream Act, doing common sense things that allow new American immigrants to fully participate, pay their taxes, play by the rules and take care of their families. That's the inclusive America that I believe all of us want to move to. Martin O'Malley
Feudal societies don't create great cinema; we have great theatre. The egalitarian societies create great cinema. The Americans, the French. Because equality is sort of what the cinema deals with. It deals with stories which don't fall into 'Everybody in their place and who's who,' and all that. But the theatre's full of that. Brian Cox
Democracy matters because it reflects an idea of equality and an idea of liberty. It reflects an idea of dignity, the dignity of the individual, the idea that each individual should have an equal vote, an equal say, in the formation of their government. Rory Stewart
In choosing global corporate partners UNICEF emphasises compatibility with our core values and looks to build alliances that advance our mission of ensuring the health, education, equality and protection for all the world's children. Carol Bellamy
The woman who thinks she can choose femininity, can toy with it like the social drinker toys with wine - well, she's asking for it, asking to be undone, devoured, asking to spend her life perpetrating a new fraud, manufacturing a new fake identity, only this time it's her equality that's fake. Rachel Cusk
Elections are also about the future - the pledges that we are making for this country. For those who care about equality and fairness in the UK, and beyond, Labour really is the only choice. Anne Campbell
I think we have to keep working enormously hard to see that every single Indigenous child - every Australian child - has true equality of opportunity. We've got to work harder at it. I think, you know, the heartland issue for us is the gap; the gap in life expectancy in this country. Quentin Bryce
My feeling is, having lived in different classes, that people want equality of opportunity... that's the thing that makes me despair: the idea that people aren't given equality of opportunity. Zadie Smith
In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace, in marriage, in education and on the playing field. It was a very exciting, rebellious time. Marlo Thomas
Everybody thinks that equality comes from identifying people, and that's not where equality comes from. Matt Bomer
I think 'I Spy,' still when you look at it, speaks volumes in terms of propaganda for equality. It's just magnificent. Bill Cosby
A resilient people cherishing liberty and equality and the rule of law will endure. Nick Rahall
The goal of the EU is to form a region of freedom, security and justice. Freedom in this connection cannot be just the freedom of the strong, but it must be combined with fraternity and equality. Tarja Halonen
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
As soon as man enters into a state of society he loses the sense of his weakness; equality ceases, and then commences the state of war. Charles de Secondat
The mandate I have received and for which I will speak with heart and head to implement over the next seven years had its four pillars - an inclusive citizenship, equality and participation and respect in a creative society creating an excellence in everything we Irish do. Michael D. Higgins
In articulating all my feelings about marriage equality, I almost don't know where to begin. And perhaps that's part of the problem. Why do we have to explain ourselves when it comes to issues of fairness and equality? Why is common sense not enough? Scott Fujita
I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it's equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people. Brad Thor
Equality for everybody is great. That would be amazing. Rob Lowe
The word 'equality' shows up too much in our founding documents for anyone to pretend it's not the American way. Martha Plimpton
Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness. Erica Jong
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 B. Rangel
I think men are allowed to be fat and bald and ugly and women aren't. And it's just not - there is no equality there. Connie Chung
Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Okay, when you start to fight for equality, like Anand did in 1995, you could end up losing game 10, like he did, without putting up any kind of fight. Vladimir Kramnik
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It's a girl. Shirley Chisholm
It became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. Zachary Quinto
For some of my friends who raise personal objections to marriage equality, they still recognize the importance of being accepting. And many of them also recognize that regardless of what they choose to believe or practice at home or at their church, that doesn't give them the right to discriminate. Scott Fujita
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
Western democracies exalt the ideal of social equality, but our economic system arguably emerged from 16th-century Calvinism, a religion whose members believed that God showed favor by bestowing wealth and other forms of success on what they called 'the chosen.' Martha Beck
It's not a bad thing fighting for equality and helping the poor. It's not a bad thing to have on your professional tombstone: 'He believed in equality and he helped the poor.' Joe Jamail
I'm an American. We've translated democracy and brotherhood and equality into enterprise and opportunity and success - and that's getting Americanised. Susan Glaspell
We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments. Adlai Stevenson
Conservatives often say that we should care not about equality of outcomes but about equality of opportunity. Timothy Noah
The land is ours. It's not European and we have taken it, we have given it to the rightful people... Those of white extraction who happen to be in the country and are farming are welcome to do so, but they must do so on the basis of equality. Robert Mugabe
You know, my mum's always encouraged me and never made my gender an issue, I guess. She brought me up to believe in equality, as opposed to feminism or sexism - so it just meant that my gender was not relevant to what I was capable of achieving. Paloma Faith
I can't explain exactly why it lives within me for so long and passionately. But race matters to me; racial equality matters to me, as does gender. There is something about these kinds of social injustices that go to the deep of me. Sue Monk Kidd
I wouldn't say there's a need for the Spice Girls, but I'd say there's a place for the Spice Girls. There's certainly a place for them, but you don't promote the Spice Girls at the expense of promoting what I think are good role models for girls. You need to create some kind of equality. Greg Graffin
Free trade is very important if we respect equality among nations. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. Plato
If we say we believe in equality for all then we must fight for equality for all, not betray our immigrant sisters. Christine Pelosi
The idea of equal rights was in the air. Lucy Stone
Marriage equality changed life for people. Andrew Cuomo
I would point out that Japan's proposal at the Versailles Peace Conference on the principle of racial equality was rejected by delegates such as those from Britain and the United States. Hideki Tojo
In a state therefore of great equality and virtue, where pure and simple manners prevailed, the increase of the human species would evidently be much greater than any increase that has been hitherto known. Thomas Malthus
Northeastern and most coastal states will vote for the candidate who is more closely aligned with international cooperation and engagement, secularism and science, gun control, individual freedom in culture and sexuality, and a greater role for the government in protecting the environment and ensuring economic equality. Steven Pinker
When I look at my daughter, who's 24, she is much more confident than I ever was and her expectations are higher. But I worry that there is a backlash brewing against progress on equality. Frances O'Grady
The only way to ensure equality for women is to clearly declare it in our Constitution. Carolyn Maloney
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
The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. Chief Joseph
Could we not argue that America is about freedom, whether we live it out or not, but it really is about freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness. And that's what church is all about. Clementa C. Pinckney
Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose. I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion. Mario Vargas Llosa
And think of how we challenged the idea of a male dominated Parliament with All-Women shortlists and made the cause of gender equality central to our government. We were right to do so. Ed Miliband
I'm a Christian. I want the world of justice and equality. This is the only way to achieve peace. Hugo Chavez
Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome. Rosa Parks
I am sure that every one of my colleagues - Democrat, Republican, and Independent - agrees with that statement. That in the voting booth, every one is equal. Barbara Boxer
Together, we can build the kind of world in which we all seek to live, one of universal equality and justice. Lynn Schusterman
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
This simple truth is the essence of my message to Muslims throughout the world: know who you are, who you want to be, and start talking and working with whom you are not. Find common values and build with fellow citizens a society based on diversity and equality. Tariq Ramadan
An idea like equality between men and women, which is now accepted in the West, is quite new. Antonio Munoz Molina
I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. Barack Obama
I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality. Agnes Macphail
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
Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. Allen West
The highest political buzz word is not liberty, equality, fraternity or solidarity; it is service. Arthur Hugh Clough
All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality. David Allan Coe
The man who didn't want his wife to work has been succeeded by the man who asks about her chances of getting a raise. Earl Wilson
Why did mainstream America come to accept marriage equality? Gay leaders had made a convincing case that gay families were like straight families and should have the same rights. The American spirit of fair play had been invoked. Edmund White
Barack Obama's decision to come out in favour of gay marriage may be a historic occasion, but it is not an isolated one. His administration has been making pro-gay noises for some time; his demographic in the upcoming election is young and educated, precisely the group that favours equality for the LGBT community. Edmund White
Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it. Frances Wright
It will appear evident upon attentive consideration that equality of intellectual and physical advantages is the only sure foundation of liberty, and that such equality may best, and perhaps only, be obtained by a union of interests and cooperation in labor. Frances Wright
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
Along with racial equality and the late bloom of women's rights, future generations will have to explain how, in the past, gays were misunderstood and publicly humiliated for loving each other, and, eventually, how they stood together and conquered stupidity and hypocritical hatred, and fought their way out of marginalization. iO Tillett Wright
I was part of a show called 'Manifest Equality' in Los Angeles in 2010, and I realized there was a disconnect between people who are gay or have gay friends and are gay-friendly, and people who think they don't know any gay people. iO Tillett Wright
It's just better to promote love and fairness and equality than it is to promote something you think is based on your religious beliefs. Jane Wiedlin
We should never forget that Americans continue to advocate for individual liberty, equality and self-governance. We often step in when it's necessary to help countries in need. But our history needs no whitewashing. To attempt this does us a terrible disservice. Jay Parini
Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women. Joss Whedon
If inequalities of taxable wealth backing up a government service are construed as denying equality before the law, then there is no solution but to have every government service whatever financed out of Washington. M. Stanton Evans
Virtue can only flourish among equals. Mary Wollstonecraft
Democratic principles are the result of equality of condition. Mercy Otis Warren
Feminism is just about equality, really, and there's so much stuff attached to the word, when it's actually so simple. I don't know why it's always so bogged down. Mia Wasikowska
I happen to agree with many of the liberal emphasis on compassion, justice and equality. I just disagree that it's the government's role to provide everything. Rick Warren
Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality. Rowan Williams
There's a beauty in being part of a band, when there's equality and trust. Scott Weiland
A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings. Simone Weil
Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace. Simone Weil
There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. Woodrow Wilson