Equality quotes

  • 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

    #Equality #Men #Fairness

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

    #Brother #Equality #Men

  • 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 E. Stevenson

    #School #Equality #Ideas

  • I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality.
    -- Agnes Macphail

    #Equality #Want

  • There's room for everyone at the rendezvous of victory.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Equality #Victory #Rooms

  • When the sun rises, it rises for everyone.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Equality #Sun #Sun Rise

  • We intend to lead a government of purpose and direction so that we can offer the people of this nation the opportunity to move forward to independence, democracy and equality.
    -- Alex Salmond

    #Moving #Opportunity #Equality

  • Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
    -- Alexis de Tocqueville

    #Freedom #Equality #Slavery

  • 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

    #Patriotic #Equality #Differences

  • Democratic communities have a natural taste for freedom: left to themselves they will seek it, cherish it, and view any deprivation of it with regret. But for equality their passion is ardent, insatiable, incessant, invincible: they call for equality in freedom; and if they cannot obtain that, they still call for equality in slavery.
    -- Alexis de Tocqueville

    #Regret #Passion #Equality

  • No one really believes in equality who's on top.
    -- Alice Duer Miller

    #Believe #Equality

  • 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

    #Women #Equality #Rights

  • until ... the promiscuous woman is recognized, not only in law but in public opinion, as being neither better nor worse than the promiscuous man, equality has not been won in the moral sphere.
    -- Alison Roberta Noble Neilans

    #Equality #Men #Law

  • Although the Jeffersonian Law ("All men are created equal") is the first article of the American faith, the facts of American life have demonstrated for some time now that it is an irksome faith to live by.
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #Equality #Men #Law

  • In 1965, I marched for equality.
    -- Alphonso Jackson


  • marriage, home life, and children, ought to be enjoyed by men and women together. Nobody - and least of all the child - is served by the present tendency to put these things all on one side as 'Woman's World.
    -- Alva Myrdal

    #Children #Home #Equality

  • I was told Indian women don't think like that about equality. But I would like to argue that if they don't think like that they should be given a real opportunity to think like that.
    -- Amartya Sen

    #Real #Opportunity #Equality

  • 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

    #Peace #Sleep #Equality

  • I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman's right to choose. I believe in marriage equality.
    -- Andrew Cuomo

    #Believe #Equality #Prudent

  • Equal opportunity is good, but special privilege is better.
    -- Anna Chennault

    #Opportunity #Equality #Special

  • A gentleman opposed to their enfranchisement once said to me, women have never produced anything of any value to the world. I told him the chief product of the women had been the men, and left it to him to decide whether the product was of any value.
    -- Anna Howard Shaw

    #Women #Equality #Gentleman

  • True, it is evil that a single man should crush the herd, but see not there the worse form of slavery, which is when the herd crushes out the man.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Crush #Equality #Men

  • I tasted the bread and wine of equality.
    -- Anzia Yezierska

    #Wine #Equality #Bread

  • The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
    -- Aristotle

    #Philosophical #Equality #Egalitarianism

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

    #Witty #Equality #Men

  • Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
    -- Aristotle

    #Freedom #Equality #Men

  • 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

    #Freedom #Equality #Government

  • 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

    #Witty #Equality #Men

  • Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.
    -- Aristotle

    #Equality #Treatment #Persons

  • The democrats think that as they are equal they ought to be equal in all things.
    -- Aristotle

    #Equality #Thinking #Democrat

  • You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that.
    -- Arthur Ashe

    #Equality #Life Is #Civics

  • The highest political buzz word is not liberty, equality, fraternity or solidarity; it is service.
    -- Arthur Hugh Clough

    #Equality #Political #Liberty

  • It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
    -- Audre Lorde

    #Inspirational #Inspiring #Equality

  • The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.
    -- Audre Lorde

    #Peace #Equality #Emotional

  • We are all brothers under the skin - and I, for one, would be willing to skin humanity to prove it.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Brother #Equality #Humanity

  • I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.
    -- B. R. Ambedkar

    #Equality #Liberty #Fraternity

  • 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

    #Equality #Two #Political

  • How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance -- the one value that is indispensable in creating community.
    -- Barbara Jordan

    #Equality #Creating #Keys

  • A spirit of harmony can only survive if each of us remembers, when bitterness and self-interest seem to prevail, that we share a common destiny.
    -- Barbara Jordan

    #Equality #Destiny #Self

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

    #Equality #Men #Law

  • The love of democracy is that of equality.
    -- Baron de Montesquieu

    #Equality #Democracy

  • 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

    #Father #Equality #Differences

  • 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.
    -- Bashar al-Assad

    #Equality #Land #Iraq

  • Such security is equal liberty. But it is not necessarily equality in the use of the earth.
    -- Benjamin Tucker

    #Equality #Liberty #Use

  • 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

    #Mother #Equality #Church

  • We did not all come over on the same ship, but we are all in the same boat.
    -- Bernard Baruch

    #Wisdom #Equality #Ships

  • I don't think there has ever been a man who treated a woman as an equal and that's all I would have asked for, for I know I'm worth as much as they.
    -- Berthe Morisot

    #Equality #Men #Thinking

  • For love of domination we must substitute equality; for love of victory we must substitute justice; for brutality we must substitute intelligence; for competition we must substitute cooperation. We must learn to think of the human race as one family.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Equality #Thinking #Race

  • Our souls may all be equal in the sight of the Lord, but our gumption and ingenuity ain't. So the results of man's labor will never be equal.
    -- Bess Streeter Aldrich

    #Equality #Men #Sight

  • 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

    #Equality #Race #Giving

  • 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

    #Dream #Equality #Law

  • All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
    -- Bob Dylan

    #Death #Work #Equality

  • 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

    #Equality #Rights #Talking

  • 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

    #Commitment #Equality #Ideas

  • To us it seems incredible that the Greek philosophers should have scanned so deeply into right and wrong and yet never noticed the immorality of slavery. Perhaps 3000 years from now it will seem equally incredible that we do not notice the immorality of our own oppression of animals.
    -- Brigid Brophy

    #Animal #Equality #Years

  • To get that word, male, out of the Constitution, cost the women of this country fifty-two years of pauseless campaign; 56 state referendum campaigns; 480 legislative campaigns to get state suffrage amendments submitted; 47 state constitutional convention campaigns; 277 state party convention campaigns; 30 national party convention campaigns to get suffrage planks in the party platforms; 19 campaigns with 19 successive Congresses to get the federal amendment submitted, and the final ratification campaign.
    -- Carrie Chapman Catt

    #Country #Party #Equality

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

    #Equality #Rights #Progress

  • Marriage equality is about more than just marriage. It's about something greater. It's about acceptance.
    -- Charlize Theron

    #Acceptance #Equality #Marriage Equality

  • 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

    #Equality #Rights #Government

  • One of the things I have always said about the man-woman relationship is that I don't want anybody to walk ahead of me and I don't want anybody to walk behind me. I want a man who will walk along beside me. And that's how I feel about equal rights.
    -- Cicely Tyson

    #Men #Equality #Rights

  • Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law. That [affirmative action] programs may have been motivated, in part, by good intentions cannot provide refuge from the principle that under our Constitution, the government may not make distinctions on the basis of race.
    -- Clarence Thomas

    #Equality #Race #Government

  • I believe that there is a moral and constitutional equivalence between laws designed to subjugate a race and those that distribute benefits on the basis of race in order to foster some current notion of equality.... In my mind, government-sponsored racial discrimination based on benign prejudice is just as noxious as discrimination inspired by malicious prejudice.
    -- Clarence Thomas

    #Believe #Equality #Race

  • Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red.
    -- Clive Barker

    #Halloween #Book #Equality

  • 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

    #Motherhood #Equality #Roots

  • All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality.
    -- David Allan Coe

    #Equality #Men #Equal

  • If by saying that all men are born equal, you mean that they are equally born, it is true, but true in no other sense; birth, talent, labor, virtue, and providence, are forever making differences
    -- David Eugene Edwards

    #Mean #Equality #Men

  • Equality of opportunity is an equal opportunity to prove unequal talents.
    -- David Samuel, 3rd Viscount Samuel

    #Opportunity #Equality #Talent

  • Socialism values equality more than liberty.
    -- Dennis Prager

    #Equality #Eugenics #Liberty

  • I feel more comfortable with gorillas than people. I can anticipate what a gorilla's going to do, and they're purely motivated.
    -- Dian Fossey

    #Equality #People #Gorillas

  • I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.
    -- Dr. Seuss

    #Inspiring #Equality #Rights

  • There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.
    -- Edmund Burke

    #Wisdom #Equality #Law

  • All men have equal rights, but not to equal things.
    -- Edmund Burke

    #Equality #Men #Rights

  • The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.
    -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    #Struggle #Past #Equality

  • We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
    -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    #Inspiring #Women #Equality

  • To refuse political equality is to rob the ostracized of all self-respect.
    -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    #Equality #Self #Political

  • So long as women are slaves, men will be knaves.
    -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    #Equality #Men #Long

  • Were all men equal to-night, some would get the start by rising an hour earlier to-morrow.
    -- Elizabeth Gaskell

    #Equality #Night #Men

  • The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
    -- Eric Berne

    #Nature #Boys #Equality

  • Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.
    -- Erica Jong

    #Women #Equality #Sisterhood

  • While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
    -- Eugene V. Debs

    #Equality #Class #Diversity

  • All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with a mighty urge to become otherwise.
    -- Evan Esar

    #Equality #Men #Equal

  • All men are born equal, but some of them outgrow it.
    -- Evan Esar

    #Equality #Men #Born

  • It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.
    -- Felix Frankfurter

    #Wise #Equality #Men

  • We are also further than ever from equality of opportunity.
    -- Ferdinand Mount

    #Opportunity #Equality #Equality Of Opportunity

  • By sending the contradictory message that the famous are just plain folks on Mount Olympus, America has forged a relentless tension between loftiness and accessibility. Stir in the fact that the inborn talent and intelligence needed to achieve fame are immune to distributive tinkering by government programs and you have a definition of fame certain to produce envious rage: somebody screwed democracy.
    -- Florence King

    #Equality #Envy #Democracy

  • I believe in the necessity for struggle by people at the bottom of any society.
    -- Frances Fox Piven

    #Believe #Struggle #Equality

  • Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.
    -- Frances Wright

    #Inspirational #Equality #Community

  • Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.
    -- Francis Picabia

    #Equality #Boredom #Unfair

  • Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.
    -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    #Equality #Pay #Principles

  • We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought.
    -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    #Opportunity #Equality #Individual

  • If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present.
    -- Franz Boas

    #Intelligent #Equality #Race

  • A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.
    -- Friedrich August von Hayek

    #Equality #Government #Liberty

  • 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

    #Determination #Mean #Equality

  • I also made it quite clear that Socialism means equality of income or nothing, and that under socialism you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly feed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live you would have to live well.
    -- George Bernard Shaw

    #Character #Mean #Equality

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

    #Funny #Sarcasm #Equality

  • I don't believe in social equality, and they know it.
    -- George Smathers

    #Believe #Equality #Social

  • 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

    #Equality #Issues #Agendas

  • There are of course people who are more important than others in that they have more importance in the world but this is not essential and it ceases to be. I have no sense of difference in this respect because every human being comprises the combination form.
    -- Gertrude Stein

    #Equality #People #Important

  • Liberty and equality--lovely and sacred words!
    -- Giuseppe Mazzini

    #Equality #Lovely #Liberty

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

    #Jobs #Successful #Equality