Human Rights Quotes

Self-respect knows no considerations.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

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

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.

Kofi Annan

Words like freedom, justice, democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.

James Baldwin

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

Mother Theresa

We have always cared more about property rights than human rights in this country. You should know that.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

The security of our world is found in the advancing rights of mankind.

George Walker Bush

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

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.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.

Stephen Biko

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.

Carol Bellamy

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.

Roger Nash Baldwin

Silence never won rights. They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below.

Roger Nash Baldwin

The evolution of the human rights movement clearly illustrates humanity's ongoing struggle toward creating a better world.

Robert Alan

Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.

Mahnaz Afkhami

The connection between women's human rights, gender equality, socioeconomic development and peace is increasingly apparent.

Mahnaz Afkhami

The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who "disappeared".

Peter Benenson

We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.

Kofi Annan

All human beings, whatever their cultural or historical background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned or tortured.

Dalai Lama

Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.

Dalai Lama

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.

Emma Goldman

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.

James Earl Carter, Jr.

We have already found a high degree of personal liberty, and we are now struggling to enhance equality of opportunity. Our commitment to human rights must be absolute, our laws fair, our natural beauty preserved; the powerful must not persecute the weak, and human dignity must be enhanced.

James Earl Carter, Jr.

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Updated On : October 27, 2013
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