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Quotations about Equality and Difference

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Whether thou be king or peasant, I shall remember only that thou art a soul. Though thy raiment be of hodden gray, yet I shall speak to royalty, and though it be of ermine, I shall speak only to the peasant heart beneath. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

People are pretty much alike. It's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities. ~Linda Ellerbee

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. ~Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays, 1950

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven. ~Yiddish Proverb

An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain — the equality of all men. ~Ignazio Silone

When equality is the aim, mediocrity is the result; when excellence is the aim, equality finds its true place. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

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. ~John James Ingalls

Every human being is a centre of the universe. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

A crown is no cure for the headache. ~German Proverb

We didn't all come over on the same ship, but we're all in the same boat. ~Bernard M. Baruch

As experience widens, one begins to see how much upon a level all human things are. ~Joseph Farrell

Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today. ~Malcolm X

I look into the faces of people struggling with their own lives, and I do not see strangers. ~Robert Brault,

No laws of equal freedom piled heaven high could give rights to the common people. Only the rulers have rights. ~Horace Traubel (1858–1919), "Animals' rights," in The Conservator, March 1906

The longer we live, the more we find we are like other persons. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold.... The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbour causes a war betwixt princes. ~Michel de Montaigne, translated

It is well to know something of the manners of various peoples, in order more sanely to judge our own, and that we do not think that everything against our modes is ridiculous, and against reason, as those who have seen nothing are accustomed to think. ~René Descartes, Discourse on the Method, 1637 (translated)

All the people like us are We,
And everyone else is They.
~Rudyard Kipling, We and They, 1926

While there is a lower class I am in it. While there is a criminal class I am of it. While there is a soul in prison I am not free. ~Eugene V. Debs (1855–1926)

Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this: That you are dreadfully like other people. ~James Russell Lowell, "Democracy Address," Birmingham, England, 6 October 1884

There is no saint without a past, and no sinner without a future. ~Shri Haidakhan Babaji

The tears of the red, yellow, black, brown and white man are all the same. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear. ~Isa Upanishad

Death and dice level all distinction. ~Samuel Foote, The Minor

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.
~Edward Wallis Hoch

He is also very insular, and thinks foreigners have no right to exist. I rather dislike insularity, and I remonstrated with Angus. I pointed out that we all came from the same fount, so to speak. He sought to make excuses for Him who had created mankind. "The A'Mighty made us Britishers av course," he said, "made us with His eyes open so to speak, but I've alluys felt as how when it came to foreigners, He wasn't looking what He was doing." "Angus!" I gasped. ~Edward Burke, "I Find Mrs. Perkins All—And More—Than Pansy Promised," Bachelors' Buttons: The Candid Confessions of a Shy Bachelor, 1912  [Absolutely mind-blowing that a hundred years later we are still battling this attitude from some people. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

It's an odd thing about this universe that, though we all disagree with each other, we are all of us always in the right. ~Logan Pearsall Smith

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. ~Robert Ingersoll, A Lay Sermon

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