The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights.
An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
The copyright bargain: a balance between protection for the artist and rights for the consumer.
Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights
Every social trait labelled masculine or feminine is in truth a human trait. It is our human right to develop and contribute our talents whatever our race, sex, religion, ancestry, age. Human rights are indivisible!
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.
The result [Republicans winning the Senate] would be devastating for reproductive choice, the environment, civil liberties, Social Security and health care, as well as corporate accountability.
I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in and the West in general into an unbearable hell and a choking life.
A civil guest will no more talk all, than eat all the feast.
My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
Without peace, there is little hope for human rights
The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.
Human Rights for everyone is the necessary foundation upon which all of us may build a world where everybody may live in peace and serenity and plenty.
Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.
What it will mean is that companies will have to take account of human-rights implications of any investment they make.
A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.
Individuals have rights and there are things no person or group may do to them (without violating their rights).
We have a human rights interest. Then there is the immigration problem. The human-rights violations have caused people to take to boats and flood not only the United States, but other countries in the region, creating great instability.
It has long been recognized that an essential element in protecting human rights was a widespread knowledge among the population of what their rights are and how they can be defended.
A century that began with children having virtually no rights is ending with children having the most powerful legal instrument that not only recognizes but protects their human rights.
So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.
Silence never won rights. They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below.