Human Rights Day Quotes

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. 
- Abraham Lincoln

Fear is not the natural state of civilized man.
- Aung San Suu Kyi

All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
- John Locke

"Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation."
- Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

"Nations will rise and fall, but equality remains the ideal.  The universal aim is to achieve respect for the entire human race, not just for the dominant few."
- Carlos P. Romulo

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

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

"Please use your freedom to promote ours."
- Aung San Suu Kyi

I believe we should try to move away from the vocabulary and attitudes which shape the stereotyping of developed and developing country approaches to human rights issues. We are collective custodians of universal human rights standards, and any sense that we fall into camps of “accuser” and “accused” is absolutely corrosive of our joint purposes. The reality is that no group of countries has any grounds for complacency about its own human rights performance and no group of countries does itself justice by automatically slipping into the “victim” mode.. 
- Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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

Today's human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow's conflicts.
- Mary Robinson

We believe that human rights transcend boundaries and must prevail over state sovereignty.
- José Ramos-Horta

* “Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.”
- Bob Marley

“Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight.”
- Bob Marley

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. 
- Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemala Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1992

An injustice committed against anyone is a threat to everyone.
- Human Rights Day Quotes by Montesquieu

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

“Caged birds sing of freedom, free birds fly.”
- Thorolf Rafto

Together we can prevent genocide from happening again. Together we can make a better future for our children.
- Dith Pran

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