America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
It is my aspiration that health finally will be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for.
The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
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.
Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression.
It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.
...let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations.
We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism.
The human rights we are to discuss here at Vienna are . . . the quintessential values through which we affirm together that we are a single human community.
..I think there is less cynicism about human rights than there was. The work we are doing is part of the overall pattern of human development, whatever the political system, whatever the country, whatever the cultural background, whatever the religion.
Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity.
A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight.
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.
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 . . .
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
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