Most popular equality quotes
Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'
I do not say that all men are equal in their ability, character and motivation. I do say that every American should be given a fair chance to develop all the talents he may have.
One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.
People are pretty much alike. It's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities.
Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other.
I want to organize so that women see ourselves as people who are entitled to power, entitled to leadership.
There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.
Women want to be treated as equals, not sequels.
We have to be careful in the year of radical feminism, not to emphasize an equality of the sexes that leads women to imitate men to prove their equality. To be equal does not mean you have to be the same.
Until women learn to want economic independence, and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no roots.
Virtue can only flourish among equals.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.
The defect of equality is that we desire it only with our superiors.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Democracy does not guarantee equality, only equality of opportunity.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.".
The longer we live, the more we find we are like other persons.
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.
I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals.
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.
All men are born equally free.
All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality.
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain—the equality of all men.
As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance.
As experience widens, one begins to see how much upon a level all human things are.
Before God we are all equally wise and equally foolish.
Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.
Death and dice level all distinction.
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions—it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
Democratic principles are the result of equality of condition.
Equality and development will not be achieved, however, if peace is not understood from women's' point of view.
Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently.
Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbour's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.
I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality.
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality.
If any man claims the Negro should be content ... let him say he would willingly change the colour of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present.
In America everybody is of opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.
In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.
In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace, in marriage, in education and on the playing field. It was a very exciting, rebellious time.
In the democracy of the dead, all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.
It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.
More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development.
Nobody really believes in equality anyway.
The battle for women's rights has been largely won.
The cry of equality pulls everyone down.
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It's a girl.
The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mould ... The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbour causes a war betwixt princes.
The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
The tears of the red, yellow, black, brown and white man are all the same.
There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with.
There is no saint without a past, and no sinner without a future.
There is so much good in the worst of us, And so much bad in the best of us, That it hardly becomes any of us To talk about the rest of us.
There is something wrong in a government where they who do the most have the least. There is something wrong when honesty wears a rag, and rascality a robe; when the loving, the tender, eat a crust, while the infamous sit at banquets.
These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.
To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or colour is like living in Alaska and being against snow.
We are a model country where gender equality is concerned.
While there is a lower class I am in it, while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
All mankind ... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavouring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.
I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government.
If you cannot achieve equality of performance among people born to the same parents and raised under the same roof, how realistic is it to expect to achieve it across broader and deeper social divisions?