Human Rights Quotes

I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.
“I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.”
If someone has something bad to say about you, it's probably because they have nothing good to say about themselves.
“If someone has something bad to say about you, it's probably because they have nothing good to say about themselves.”
Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It's about accepting all of yourself.
“Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It's about accepting all of yourself.”
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false and to incur my own abhorrence.
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false and to incur my own abhorrence.”
If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.
“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.”
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing it.
“Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing it.”
It takes no compromise to give people their rights... It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights... It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”
Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
“Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.”
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life...
“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life...”
A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.
“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
Democracy is the absolute value that makes for human dignity, as well as the only road to sustained economic development and social justice.
“Democracy is the absolute value that makes for human dignity, as well as the only road to sustained economic development and social justice.”
Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity.
“Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity.”
Without peace, there is little hope for human rights.
“Without peace, there is little hope for human rights.”
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
“The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.”
A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.
“A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.”
Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
“Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.”
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
The Earth is the mother of all people and all people should have equal rights upon it.
“The Earth is the mother of all people and all people should have equal rights upon it.”
Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the opressor.
“Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the opressor.”
It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.
“It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.”
You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
“You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.”
A human being is not to be handled as a tool but is to be respected and revered.
“A human being is not to be handled as a tool but is to be respected and revered.”
In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves.
“In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves.”
No man is above the law and no man below it.
“No man is above the law and no man below it.”
The people of my country want the two freedoms that spell security: freedom from want and freedom from fear.
“The people of my country want the two freedoms that spell security: freedom from want and freedom from fear.”
We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
Defending human rights requires vigilance, doggedness and a strong, global force for good.
“Defending human rights requires vigilance, doggedness and a strong, global force for good.”
Caged birds sing of freedom, free birds fly.
“Caged birds sing of freedom, free birds fly.”
Some values must be universal, like human rights and the equal worth of every human being.
“Some values must be universal, like human rights and the equal worth of every human being.”
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
“We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”
It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. And never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.
“It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. And never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.”
In the future, human rights will be increasingly a universal criterion for designing ethical systems.
“In the future, human rights will be increasingly a universal criterion for designing ethical systems.”
Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.
“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.
“You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.”
Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.
“Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.”
You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law.
“You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law.”
There is no contradiction between effective law enforcement and respect for civil and human rights.
“There is no contradiction between effective law enforcement and respect for civil and human rights.”
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America.
“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America.”
Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.
“Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.”
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.
“I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.”
Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
“Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.”
Because to take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.
“Because to take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”
"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.
“"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.”
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
Healthcare for all is a human right.
“Healthcare for all is a human right.”
Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.
“Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.”
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.
“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.”