Equality Quotes

More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development.

Kofi Annan

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.

Charles de Montesquieu

Equality...is the result of human organization. We are not born equal.

Hannah Arendt

Equality is. one of the most consummate scoundrels that ever crept from the brain of a political juggler--a fellow who thrusts his hand into the pocket of honest industry or enterprising talent, and squanders their hard-earned profits on profligate idleness or indolent stupidity.

James Kirke Paulding

Equality is the life of conversation; and he is as much out who assumes to himself any part above another, as he who considers himself below the rest of society.

Sir Richard Steele

Come forward, some great marshal, and organize equality in society, and your rod shall swallow up all the juggling old court gold-sticks

William Makepeace Thackeray

Courage consists in equality to the problem before us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.

Marlo Thomas

We have a problem for those who advocate competitive equality of opportunity: the prizes won in the competitions of the first generation will tend to defeat the requirements of equality of opportunity for the next.

Lloyd Thomas

The principle of liberty and equality, if coupled with mere selfishness, will make men only devils, each trying to be independent that he may fight only for his own interest. And here is the need of religion and its power, to bring in the principle of benevolence and love to men.

John Randolph

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.

Aristotle

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness

Henri-FrÈdÈric Amiel

The first principle of full feminism is the simple equality of men and women. And it is an erroneous principle. For here nature steps in and forbids its achievement.

Correa Moylan Walsh

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

The doctrine of human equality reposes on this: that there is no man really clever who has not found that he is stupid. There is no big man who has not felt small. Some men never feel small; but these are the few men who are.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Equality is not when a female Einstein gets promoted to assistant professor. Equality is when a female schlemiel moves ahead as fast as a male schlemiel.

Ewald B. Nyquist

If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human Being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.

General Dwight David Eisenhower

It is to law alone that men owe justice and liberty. It is this salutary organ, of the will of all which establishes in civil rights the natural equality between men. It is this celestial voice which dictates to each citizen the precepts of public reason, and teaches him to act according to the rules of his own judgment and not to behave inconsistently with himself. It is with this voice alone that political leaders should speak when. they command.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

In this book we are concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace, cooperation, equal and full opportunities for education, full and useful employment, health, and the creation of those circumstances in which man can have the chance to live by values that give meaning to life.

Saul David Alinsky

We wish, in a word, equality - equality in fact as a corollary, or rather, as primordial condition of liberty. From each according to his faculties, to each according to his needs; that is what we wish sincerely and energetically.

Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin

Equality may be a right, but no power on earth can convert it into fact.

Honor de Balzac

It is not the case that Germany is rapidly approaching equality with us. Her real strength is not fifty per cent. of our strength in Europe to-day.

Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

His lordship may compel us to be equal upstairs, but there will never be equality in the servants' hall.

Sir James Matthew Barrie

The men of culture are the true apostles of equality.

Matthew Arnold
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