Human Rights Quotes

Without peace, there is little hope for human rights

Martin Ennals

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.

Shirin Ebadi

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.

Michael Douglas

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.

Ramsey Clark

Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life..

Jimmy Carter

Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority.

Albert Camus

Nations will rise and fall, but equality remains the ideal. The universal aim is to achieve respect for the entire human race, not just for the dominant few.

Carlos P. Romulo

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships -- the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

Thomas Jefferson

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.

Noam Chomsky

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.

Pearl S. Buck

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear is not the natural state of civilized people.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

Paulo Freire

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

Abigail Adams

I regard class differences as contrary to justice and, in the last resort, based on force.

Albert Einstein

What it will mean is that companies will have to take account of human-rights implications of any investment they make.

Tristen Taylor

Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!

Robert Burns

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.

Tenzin Gyatso

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

The twentieth century may tell us that we have nothing to be complacent about in the recent history of humankind; but it also tells us that there is nothing inevitable about tyranny.

Rowan D. Williams

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Individuals have rights and there are things no person or group may do to them (without violating their rights).

Robert Nozick

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.

Warren Christopher

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Updated On : October 27, 2013
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