Human Rights Quotes

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
– E. F. Schumacher

Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life.
– Jimmy Carter

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

Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity.
– Imelda Marcos

Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
– Robert F. Kennedy

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
– Mohandas Gandhi

Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
– Paulo Freire

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful commited citizens can change the world indeed it is the only thing that ever does.
– Margaret Meade

Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
– Dalai Lama

The evolution of the human rights movement clearly illustrates humanity’s ongoing struggle toward creating a better world.
– Robert Alan

Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression.
– Taslima Nasrin

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.
– Eleanor Holmes Norton

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
– Pearl S. Buck

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.
– Dom Helder Camara

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America.
– Jimmy Carter

You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.
– Benazir Bhutto

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
– Albert Einstein

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
– Thomas Jefferson

If access to health care is considered a human right, who is considered human enough to have that right?
– Paul Farmer