Civil Rights Quotes

In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation.

Edison Haines

The civil rights movement, owes Bull Connor as much as it owes Abraham Lincoln

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.

William Jennings Bryan

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.

Abraham Lincoln

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

We need to guarantee equal rights and civil rights and say that, here in America, workers have the right to organize - women have the right to choose - and justice belongs to everyone regardless of race or gender or sexual orientation.

Senator John Kerry

Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.

Mahatma Gandhi

Civil Rights opened the windows. When you open the windows, it does not mean that everybody will get through. We must create our own opportunities.

Mary Frances Berry

Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights

Bob Marley

You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law.

Lyn Beth Neylon

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.

Robert Ingersoll

No man is above the law and no man below it.

Theodore Roosevelt

I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Ronald Reagan

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

Thomas Jefferson

The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.

William J. Brennan, Jr

When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.

Marquis De Lafayette

Whatever right the Second Amendment protects is not as important as it was 200 years ago... The government should deconstitutionalize the subject by repealing the embarrassing Amendment.

George F. Will

Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

Bernard M. Baruch

I see America through the eyes of a victim. I don’t see any American dream. I see an American nightmare.

Malcolm X

The Power Of Failure: We Get To Decide What It Means

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Updated On : July 28, 2009
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