Rights Proverbs

Sayings about Rights

Be more aware of responsibility than you are of your rights. ~ Saying

In the war for individual rights, common sense becomes the first and major casualty. ~ Saying

Where there is nothing, the emperor loses his right. ~ Dutch Proverbs

Where right has no power — there power likes to be. ~ Croatian Proverbs

If a person is away, his right is away. ~ Spanish Proverb

Quotations about Rights

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

We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights. ~ Pearl S. Buck

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

Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ~ Claude Arien Helvetius

Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Where there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion. ~ William Lloyd Garrison

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. Men are moved by only two mechanisms: fear and self-interest. Victory belongs to the most persevering. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Reparation for our rights at home, and security against the like future violations. ~ William Pitt

The extension of women’s rights is the basic principle of all social progress. ~ Francois Marie Charles Fourier

In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country. ~ John F. Kennedy

Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights… ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss. ~ Nathaniel Branden

As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. ~ James Madison

Every man has by the law of nature a right to such a waste portion of the earth as is necessary for his subsistence. ~ Sir Thomas More

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

There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right. ~ Winston Churchill

From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. ~ Carl Schurz

disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ~ Claude Arien Helvetius

We discovered that peace at any price is no peace at all… life at any price has no value whatever;… life is nothing without the privileges, the prides, the rights, the joys that make it worth living, and also worth giving. ~ Eve Curie

Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. ~ Bernard M. Baruch

They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man. ~ Edmund Burke

I have no right to rejoice at the death of my enemy when I do not have eternal life myself. ~ Iranian Proverb

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. ~ Lin

What men value in this world is not rights but privileges. ~ H. L. Mencken

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status… ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Where there are no rights, there are no duties. ~ Henri Benjamin Rebecque

We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary. ~ Malcolm X

The battle for women’s rights has largely been won. ~ Margaret Thatcher

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

Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight. ~ Bob Marley

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

Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for. ~ Robert Maynard

God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country! ~ Benjamin Franklin

The greatest right in the world is the right to be wrong. ~ Harry Weinberger

We must respect the rights and properties of our fellowman. And then learn to play the game of life, as well as the game of athletics, according to the rules of society. If you can take that and put it into practice in the community in which you live, then, to me you have won the greatest championship. ~ Jesse Owens

A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences. ~ Thomas Jefferson

In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one’s rights and double one’s duties. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Everyone has the right to the protection o the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary o artistic production of which he is the author. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can. ~ Samuel Adams

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

I am glad to see that men are getting their rights, but I want women to get theirs, and while the water is stirring I will step into the pool. ~ Sojourner Truth

What rights are those that dare not resist for them? ~ Lord Alfred Tennyson

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

Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others. ~ Pasquier Quesnel

Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws. ~ Calvin Coolidge

We have a Bill of rights. What we need is a Bill of responsibilities. ~ Bill Maher

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

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Everyone has the right to a nationality. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. . . . They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone–the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men. ~ Louis D. Brandeis

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

The equal right of all men to the use of land is as clear as their equal right to breathe the air–it is a right proclaimed by the fact of their existence. For we cannot suppose that some men have a right to be in this world, and others no right. ~ Henry George

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

If people concentrated on their responsibilities, others would have their rights. ~ Stuart Briscoe

If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it. ~ Sojourner Truth

In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself. ~ Oscar Wilde

The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual’s private rights. ~ Sir William Blackstone

A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you. ~ Ramsey Clark

The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not. ~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

No man has a right to do what he pleases, except when he pleases to do right. ~ Charles Simmons

All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights. ~ Constitution of Massachusetts

Equal rights for all, special privileges for none. ~ Thomas Jefferson

The people know their rights, and they are never slow to assert and maintain them, when they are invaded. ~ Abraham Lincoln

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

All talk of women’s rights is moonshine. Women have every right. They have only to exercise them. ~ Victoria Claffin Woodhull

Ultimately, property rights and personal rights are the same thing. ~ Calvin Coolidge

The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth. ~ Thomas J. Jackson

Let us not forget that among women’s rights is the right to speak freely. ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The power to question is the basis of all human progress. People tend to forget their duties, but remember their rights. ~ Indira Gandhi

They have rights who dare defend them. ~ Roger Baldwin

Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ~ Video

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