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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

Every man wants his rights. Some men want more than their rights. Many do not know what their rights are. A few contend that as to rights, individual, national, or epochal, there are no such things as rights. ~James Henry Potts, "Our Sacred Rights," Every Life a Delight, 1914

Warm with the same benevolence of mind,
Friends to the native rights of human kind...
~Michael Wodhull, Esq. (1740–1816), The Equality of Mankind

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others. ~Will Rogers

The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights.  Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.  ~Justice William J. Brennan, 1982

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

On this day, and every day, let us remember our roots as one human family, forever dedicated to upholding the central tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ~Barack Obama, 2015 December 10th, quoted from The White House Office of the Press Secretary

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

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!  And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.  ~Barry Goldwater

By a divine paradox, wherever there is one slave there are two.  So in the wonderful reciprocities of being, we can never reach the higher levels until all our fellows ascend with us.  ~Edwin Markham

I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master.  I want the full menu of rights.  ~Bishop Desmond Tutu, quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.  ~Robert Ingersoll

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.  ~Gandhi

And we who have toiled for freedom's law, have we sought for freedom's soul?
Have we learned at last that human right is not a part but the whole?
~John Boyle O'Reilly

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.  ~Carl T. Rowan

No man is above the law and no man below it.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

Of equality - As if it harm'd me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself - As if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same.  ~Walt Whitman

I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.  ~Robert Frost

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

If the equality of individuals and the dignity of man be myths, they are myths to which the republic is committed.  ~Howard Mumford Jones

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.  ~Horace Greeley

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