Quotations on Rights

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It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect the speech of people with whom we agree. For the First Amendment, that is not good enough. So it is really important that we protect First Amendment rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: People, First, Rights, Speech, Want)

I try to do that in this book without preaching - to try to do as you just said that you really have to defend the First Amendment rights of everybody.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: First, Rights, Preaching)

The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.
- Franklin P. Adams
(Keywords: Men, Women, Rights, Nothing)

The Good Friday Agreement and the basic rights and entitlements of citizens that are enshrined within it must be defended and actively promoted by London and Dublin.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Agreement, Rights, London)

Republican patience with how unionism deals with the political institutions, and with key issues like equality and human rights, will be tested because, obviously, there will be a battle a day on these matters. So lets face up to all of this with our eyes wide open.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Equality, Battle, Day, Deals, Eyes, Rights, Human rights, Key, Open, Patience, Republican, Will)

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.
- Samuel Adams
(Keywords: Life, First, Rights, Liberty, Property)

The United States' administrations... must recognize that Iran is a big power. Having said that, we consider ourselves to be a human force and a cultural power and hence a friend of other nations. We have never sought to dominate others or to violate the rights of any other country.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Power, Friend, Country, Force, Rights, Nations, states, United)

For this reason, the expansion of relations with all countries is on the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I mean balanced relationships, based on mutual respect and observation of each other's rights.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Countries, Rights, Observation, Reason, Relationships, Respect)

Our strategic dialogue with China can both protect American interests and uphold our principles, provided we are honest about our differences on human rights and other issues and provided we use a mix of targeted incentives and sanctions to narrow these differences.
- Madeleine Albright
(Keywords: American, Rights, Human rights, Principles)

The law changes and flows like water, and the stream of women's rights law has become a sudden rushing torrent.
- Shana Alexander
(Keywords: Women, Rights, Law, Water)

If we don't take effective measures now, the Netherlands could be torn between two extreme rights.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
(Keywords: Extreme, Rights, Now)

They don't have special rights because we have civil rights laws that protect them. The laws work both ways.
- Tom Allen
(Keywords: Work, Civil rights, Laws)

The argument on the other side of special rights is completely bogus. It's bogus because you could make exactly the same claim about racial or ethnic or religious minorities.
- Tom Allen
(Keywords: Argument, Rights, Religious)

What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Conflict, Discrimination, Rights, Inequality, Liberty, Order, Reform)

For a successful revolution it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Successful, Conviction, Discontent, Revolution, Rights, Importance, Justice, Necessity)

We support President Truman's civil rights program.
- Eugenie Anderson
(Keywords: Civil rights, President, Support)

The music rights at the time cost me $12,000 in 1964 money, which is about double now or whatever. But I cleared everything. I had a lawyer in New York. And it was cleared for use in a short subject, not a feature.
- Kenneth Anger
(Keywords: Music, Time, Money, Rights, Now)

I have encountered riotous mobs and have been hung in effigy, but my motto is: Men's rights are nothing more. Women's rights are nothing less.
- Susan B. Anthony
(Keywords: Men, Women, Rights, Nothing)

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
- Susan B. Anthony
(Keywords: Men, Women, Rights, Nothing)

We like to engage in a normal publishing effort, which is to act in a responsible manner and make sure the material is not likely to harm anyone, that it is properly investigated by quality news organizations, and by lawyers and human rights groups and so on.
- Julian Assange
(Keywords: Quality, Act, Effort, Rights, Harm, Human rights, Lawyers, News, Publishing)

I came from a family who believed in, in quotes, the Rights of Man, who believed that in order to justify the sort of luxurious life that the majority of us have, related to the whole world, that you had to do something.
- Richard Attenborough
(Keywords: Family, Life, Rights, Majority, Man, Order, Quotes, World)

I do not believe that defending traditional marriage between one man and one woman excludes anybody or usurps anybody's civil rights and denies anybody their civil rights.
- Alan Autry
(Keywords: Marriage, Civil rights, Man, Woman)

It is an honor to be awarded with such a high rating from an organization as well respected as the NAACP. I am pleased that the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation, has recognized my voting record.
- Joe Baca
(Keywords: Civil rights, Honor, Nation, Voting)

The Republicans would like to take us back to a darker time, when corporations ruled and the underserved had no rights.
- Joe Baca
(Keywords: Time, Corporations, Rights, Republicans)

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.
- F. Lee Bailey
(Keywords: Committee, Congress, Rights, Today)

Fifty percent of our country that we own, have all legal jurisdiction, have all rights to do whatever we want, lies beneath the sea and we have better maps of Mars than that 50 percent.
- Robert Ballard
(Keywords: Legal, Country, Rights, Lies, Sea, Want)

Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: People, Authority, Rights, Respect)

The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Men, Class, Rights, Measure)

John Brown first swam into my vision in the 1960s when I was a political activist in the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement at Chapel Hill, where I went to university.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Vision, Civil rights, First, University)

Judge Roberts has assured me personally that he has a healthy respect for precedent and the hard-won rights of Americans.
- Max Baucus
(Keywords: Americans, Rights, Respect)

There are significant human rights abuses in China. In some areas, the situation is worse today than in the past. In other areas, there have been improvements. We will recognize the latter, and be critical of the former.
- Max Baucus
(Keywords: Rights, Human rights, Past, Today, Will)

You look at the whole Human Rights questions, I happened to be there at just the right time when the country was awakening - this goes to the first question you asked - the whole country was awakening to a hundred years of injustice that hadn't been resolved yet.
- Birch Bayh
(Keywords: Time, Country, First, Rights, Human rights, Injustice, Question, Questions, Years)

We must do all we can to help improve the deplorable human rights situation of the North Korean people.
- Evan Bayh
(Keywords: People, Rights, Help, Human rights)

Let me go over this again on the reclaiming the civil rights movement. People of faith that believe that you have an equal right to justice - that is the essence. And if it's not the essence, then we've been sold a pack of lies. The essence is everyone deserves a shot - the content of character, not the color of skin.
- Glenn Beck
(Keywords: Faith, People, Character, Civil rights, Content, Justice, Lies, Skin)

And most importantly perhaps, children can learn about their rights, share their knowledge with the children of other nations, identify problems with them and establish how they might work together to address them.
- Carol Bellamy
(Keywords: Work, Knowledge, Children, Rights, Nations, Problems)

And each of us can practice rights ourselves, treating each other without discrimination, respecting each other's dignity and rights.
- Carol Bellamy
(Keywords: Dignity, Discrimination, Rights, Practice)

America's support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.
- William Bennett
(Keywords: America, Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Support, World)

Civil Rights opened the windows. When you open the windows, it does not mean that everybody will get through. We must create our own opportunities.
- Mary Frances Berry
(Keywords: Civil rights, Open, Will, Windows)

Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Life, Rights, Songs)

The judiciary must not take on the coloration of whatever may be popular at the moment. We are guardian of rights, and we have to tell people things they often do not like to hear.
- Rose E. Bird
(Keywords: People, Rights, May, Popular)

I am strongly pro-life, and have fought to protect the rights of the unborn my entire career. I will continue to fight for this cause because I value the sanctity of all human life.
- Rob Bishop
(Keywords: Life, Career, Cause, Fight, Rights, Value, Will)

It is precisely because the issue raised by this case touches the heart of what makes individuals what they are that we should be especially sensitive to the rights of those whose choices upset the majority.
- Harry A. Blackmun
(Keywords: Heart, Choices, Rights, Majority)

Health care is not a privilege. It's a right. It's a right as fundamental as civil rights. It's a right as fundamental as giving every child a chance to get a public education.
- Rod Blagojevich
(Keywords: Education, Health, Care, Chance, Civil rights, Giving, Privilege, Public)

It was the biggest suppression of voting rights in our country's history since Jim Crow. And the thread of race runs from the beginning to the end of my book.
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Keywords: History, Beginning, Country, End, Rights, Race, Voting)

The very purpose of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is to protect minority rights against majority voters. Every court decision that strikes down discriminatory legislation, including past Supreme Court decisions, affirming the fundamental rights to marry the person you love, overrules a majority decision.
- David Boies
(Keywords: Love, Decision, Purpose, Constitution, Court, Decisions, Rights, Legislation, Majority, Minority, Past)

A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
- W. E. B. Du Bois
(Keywords: Work, Civil rights, Complaint, Credit)

House was the first film where I had no influence on the script. I had to buy the script with the game rights.
- Uwe Boll
(Keywords: Film, First, Rights, Influence)

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Fight, Rights, Man, Will)

When they favor the access of other people to education and health care, the countries of the North not only demonstrate generosity or solidarity, but also implement the principles of respecting and promoting human rights.
- Omar Bongo
(Keywords: Education, Health, People, Care, Countries, Rights, Generosity, Human rights, Principles, Solidarity)

For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point - if not a commodity - of political groups aiming to rise to power.
- Omar Bongo
(Keywords: Power, Democracy, Focus, Rights, Human rights, Now, Respect, Struggle, Years)



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