Top 596 Rights Quotes

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“Once you give up rights, they’re not going to give them back.”

― Aaron McGruder

“We should craft our laws to allow images of criminal suspects to be captured in public – but also to make sure that the government does not unduly infringe on the privacy rights of innocent citizens.”

― Adam Cohen

“Age discrimination is illegal. But when compared with discrimination against racial minorities and women, it is a second-class civil rights issue.”

― Adam Cohen

“It was not until the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s that Congress got serious about the assignment laid out in the post-Civil War amendments.”

― Adam Cohen

“The civil rights and antiwar movements taught Americans to question authority.”

― Adam Cohen

“A federal Voters’ Bill of Rights could press the states to put non-partisan managers in charge of elections.”

― Adam Cohen

“In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.”

― Adam Ferguson

“I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.”

― Adam Lambert

“Without amendments we would never even have had the Bill of Rights.”

― Adrian Cronauer

“The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world’s mirth.”

― Agnes Repplier

“What about the majority? I’m so tired of protecting the rights of the minority. What about the rest of the country?”

― Ainsley Earhardt

“I got interested in politics during the civil rights movement and then Vietnam.”

― Al Franken

“I think the government has a role in protecting the fundamental rights of its citizens.”

― Al Franken

“Thankfully, we live in country, unlike Russia, where we have First Amendment rights.”

― Alan Colmes

“The whole of the Bill is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals… It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.”

― Albert Gallatin

“It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people, each individual citizen everywhere enjoying the same national rights, privileges, and protection.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“What rights are those that dare not resist for them?”

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Material goods consist of useful material things, and of all rights to hold, or use, or derive benefits from material things, or to receive them at a future time.”

― Alfred Marshall

“The idea of human rights as a fundamental principle can be seen to underlie throughout Islamic teachings.”

― Ali Khamenei

“The issue of human rights is one of the most fundamental human issues and also one of the most sensitive and controversial.”

― Ali Khamenei

“I can’t remember when I wasn’t an animal rights activist.”

― Ali MacGraw

“I support equal rights and equal dignity for all.”

― Alice Eve

“In the Federal Government, electronic records are as indispensable as their paper counterparts for documenting citizens’ rights, the actions for which officials are accountable, and the nation’s history.”

― Allen Weinstein

“Radical feminists are often highly conservative in many areas except for women’s rights, and LGBT activists can be the same.”

― Andreja Pejic

“We really have to be willing to find out who we are instead of rebelling for the equal rights that we’ve been denied, that we do deserve.”

― Andrew Cohen

“WMR is wholly devoted to acquiring and exploiting rights. We’re not a production company, and we’re not a broadcaster.”

― Andrew Neil

“A kid in an abusive home has far fewer rights than any POW. There is no Geneva Convention for kids.”

― Andrew Vachss

“The unsung heroes of the civil rights movement were always the wives and the mothers.”

― Andrew Young

“I’m involved in the work around prison rights in general.”

― Angela Davis

“I’m an American. I have constitutional rights.”

― Ann Coulter

“Human rights are praised more than ever – and violated as much as ever.”

― Anna Lindh

“Those in the developing world have so few rights – we take a lot for granted in the developed world.”

― Annie Lennox

“There are many photos of Catholic priests and nuns marching in the Civil Rights movement, most notably at the March on Selma, Ala. in 1965. However, the history of Catholicism in this country tells a different story.”

― Anthea Butler

“Many Catholic parishes were segregated prior to the Civil Rights movement, and the first large contingent of African-American Catholic priests would enter into the seminary in the 1920s.”

― Anthea Butler

“No one questions the validity, the urgency, the essentiality of the Voting Rights Act.”

― Anthony Kennedy

“I’m a gay rights supporter. I’m a human-rights campaign initiative person.”

― Anthony Scaramucci

“Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited… It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

― Antonin Scalia

“Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realise their full potential.”

― Antonio Guterres

“Terrorist groups share an agenda of authoritarianism, misogyny, and intolerance. They are an affront to the common values encapsulated in the U.N. Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

― Antonio Guterres

“Women’s rights are human rights.”

― Antonio Guterres

“The right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel does not mean disregarding the rights of others in the land.”

― Ariel Sharon

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

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights – that’s suppression by any light.”

― Artur Davis

“I’m not a gay rights activist.”

― ASAP Rocky

“I would simply not compromise on the fundamental rights of people.”

― Asma Jahangir

“If state protects the rights of people, they start respecting the state.”

― Asma Jahangir

“Unlike the Congress, the AAP stands for democratic rights of states, stands against the infringement of democratic rights by the Centre.”

― Atishi

“And what sort of philosophical doctrine is thi – that numbers confer unlimited rights, that they take from some persons all rights over themselves, and vest these rights in others.”

― Auberon Herbert

“All repressive laws must be revoked, and laws introduced to protect the rights of the people.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“In the U.S., those requesting a Green Card must take an oath that they will fulfill the rights and duties of citizenship.”

― Avigdor Lieberman

“If we don’t take effective measures now, the Netherlands could be torn between two extreme rights.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.”

― Ayn Rand

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”

― Ayn Rand

“If you insist that individual rights are the summum bonum, then the whole structure of society falls down.”

― B. F. Skinner

“China may brutalize Buddhists in Tibet and Muslims in Xinjiang while denying basic rights to the rest of its 1.3 billion citizens, but ‘woke’ activists pushing intersectionality keep mum on all that.”

― Bari Weiss

“I filed the first gay rights bill in Massachusetts history in 1972 in the legislature, one of the first in the country.”

― Barney Frank

“On the whole, it is the rights and freedoms of all citizens that are crucial in Saudi Arabia and from those the rights of women will emanate.”

― Basmah bint Saud

“I’m such an advocate for animal rights and environmental rights.”

― Beau Garrett

“For me, it’s simple: everybody deserves the same rights.”

― Belinda Carlisle

“The greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic.”

― bell hooks

“Respect for the rights of others means peace.”

― Benito Juarez

“Civil marriage, like all civil rights provided by the government, must be provided equally to all Americans.”

― Benjamin Todd Jealous

“The right to vote is the right upon which all of our rights are leveraged – and without which none can be protected.”

― Benjamin Todd Jealous

“Liberals have been overselling the threat to reproductive rights for decades.”

― Benjamin Wittes

“At the same time all this was happening, there was a folk song revival movement goingon, so the commercial music industry was actually changed by the Civil Rights Movement.”

― Bernice Johnson Reagon

“When I started graduate school I was interested in the culture of the Civil Rights Movement.”

― Bernice Johnson Reagon

“The Federal Reserve has the responsibility to protect the credit rights of consumers.”

― Bernie Sanders

“One of the eternal truths is that happiness is created and developed in peace, and one of the eternal rights is the individual’s right to live.”

― Bertha von Suttner

“My first and foremost consideration is the safety of the people of the city of Minneapolis. And my first and foremost consideration is making sure that people can also express their constitutional rights peaceably.”

― Betsy Hodges

“I do care if religious doctrine becomes an excuse to exclude my fellow citizens from the rights and protections our country promises.”

― Bill Keller

“We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.”

― Bill Maher

“If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by gays and lesbians?”

― Bill Nelson

“Clericalism is a form of elitism in which some are viewed as having special rights and privileges.”

― Blase J. Cupich

“It is difficult to overstate the importance of the Civil Rights Act.”

― Bobby Scott

“Getting to a 1 rating in households is a sign that we’re building momentum. It gives us bragging rights.”

― Bonnie Hammer

“I refer to calls for humanitarian intervention in the affairs of another state – a new idea, this – even when they are made under the pretext of defending human rights and freedoms.”

― Boris Yeltsin

“Americans may not always live up to the Bill of Rights, but Americans do not ban books.”

― Bradley A. Smith

“I’m just glad that I have bragging rights to working with Bugs and Daffy.”

― Brendan Fraser

“I’m a strong supporter of states’ rights to do what they need.”

― Brian Sandoval

“When Marvel got the rights to Namor, I thought I’d be the perfect fit.”

― Brian Tee

“I am a gun owner and a hunter and a gun rights supporter.”

― Bruce Rauner

“I don’t know the figures, but Hollywood must buy 100 rights for every movie that actually gets made.”

― Bryan Burrough

“Any kind of civil rights oppression is wrong.”

― Bryan Cranston

“As soon as I finish a book, I sell the paperback rights to different publishers and that’s where I recoup my money.”

― Buchi Emecheta

“We have in the last two years, we have passed 350 legislation in the parliament, most of which deal with democratization, human rights, and of course, economy.”

― Bulent Ecevit

“Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.”

― Calvin Coolidge

“The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes.”

― Calvin Coolidge

“I’m okay with anybody expressing their rights.”

― Calvin Johnson

“What’s happened at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is one of the grossest violations of human rights under the Geneva Conventions that we have record of. It is simply monstrous.”

― Carlos Fuentes

“By ratifying the Convention, governments become legally bound to implement the rights therein.”

― Carol Bellamy

“My mom worked tirelessly on getting equal rights for women.”

― Casey Wilson

“I don’t have rights. Let’s put it this way: in athletics, I don’t have rights.”

― Caster Semenya

“We were given a system of government that places the people at the center of all decision-making and relies on the consent of the governed, with our rights and the government’s limitations clearly outlined.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“My dad was a civil rights lawyer, and he was actually defending conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War.”

― Cecile Richards

“Napster was a black market for music. Ninety-nine per cent of the music that people were downloading was illegal because they didn’t have the rights for it.”

― Chad Hurley

“The crowning feature of the federal system is the supremacy of the judiciary over all other branches of government in matters relating to the rights of persons and property.”

― Charles A. Beard

“I was proud to march beside some of the most notable Civil Rights activists, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., from Selma to Montgomery.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“It is my responsibility to ensure the Internal Revenue Service respects the Constitutional rights of all Americans while enforcing the nation’s laws.”

― Charles Boustany

“The only sound approach to collective bargaining is to work out an agreement that clarifies the rights and responsibilities of the parties, establishes principles and operates to the advantage of all concerned.”

― Charles E. Wilson

“The extension of women’s rights is the basic principle of all social progress.”

― Charles Fourier

“Fair votes – fundamentally – are about the rights and the interests of the people.”

― Charles Kennedy

“One thing the gay rights movement taught the world is the importance of being visible.”

― Charles M. Blow

“It is admitted by everybody that rights and privileges enjoyed by the Roman Catholic minority in Manitoba down to 1890, were taken away by legislation of 1890.”

― Charles Tupper

“A privilege may not be a right, but, under the constitution of the country, I do not gather that any broad distinction is drawn between the rights and the privileges that were enjoyed and that were taken away.”

― Charles Tupper

“In Connecticut, we have passed some of the strongest anti-gun-violence laws in the nation. We don’t restrict anybody’s Second Amendment rights.”

― Chris Murphy

“I think that one of the most useful applications of the Creator’s Bill of Rights is that it clearly indicates for creators what rights they have at the outset.”

― Chris Roberson

“The House of Commons, refused to receive the addresses of the colonies, when the matter was pending; besides, we hold our rights neither from them nor from the Lords.”

― Christopher Gadsden

“I’m strongly for a patient Bill of Rights. Decisions ought to be made by doctors, not accountants.”

― Chuck Schumer

“Many civil rights came about, not when they were passed into law, but because the federal government did what it should and saw them enforced.”

― Claire McCaskill

“We’ve talked more about civil rights after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than we talked about it before 1964.”

― Clarence Thomas

“First, the firearms industry has been around and has been respected for generations. They provide a valuable service and a highly desirable product to millions of sportsmen and supporters of those second amendment rights.”

― Cliff Stearns

“In fifth grade, we did 10 minutes on slavery and 40 minutes on Abraham Lincoln, and in 10th grade you might do 10 minutes on the civil rights era and 40 minutes on Martin Luther King, and that’s it.”

― Colson Whitehead

“People have the right to protest – that’s what democracy is all about. I have no problem with people exercising their democratic rights.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“The women’s rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged; except for Bella Abzug, I had no women supporters.”

― Constance Baker Motley

“Twenty years later, twenty years after I joined the women’s movement, we’re still talking about the same issues. We’re still talking about reproductive rights for women, and we’re still talking about getting equal pay for women. And that’s just frustrating.”

― Corin Tucker

“I was born after the Civil Rights Movement.”

― Cory Booker

“I’ve made sure that I’ve stood for privacy and the rights of the people time and time again.”

― Cory Gardner

“We have to protect the rights of the American people.”

― Cory Gardner

“Patents are basically rights to try and develop a commercial product.”

― Craig Venter

“Saddam Hussein wrote the book on human rights violations.”

― Curt Weldon

“Eight generations of African-Americans are still waiting to achieve their rights – compensation and restitution for the hundreds of years during which they were bought and sold on the market.”

― Cynthia McKinney

“I take gun rights very personally.”

― Dana Loesch

“Spotify wants to make consuming music simpler and at the same time pay the rights owners.”

― Daniel Ek

“I’m a child of the Civil Rights Movement.”

― Danny Glover

“Who needs the protection of the Bill of Rights most? The weak, the most vulnerable in society.”

― Danny Kaye

“If surveillance infiltrates our homes and personal relationships, that is a gross breach of our human and civil rights.”

― David Blunkett

“The Founding Fathers worried that ‘some common impulse of passion’ might lead many to subvert the rights of the few. It’s a rational fear, one that is played out endlessly.”

― David Harsanyi

“What drew me to both study and activism was the formative experience of the civil rights movement.”

― David Price

“I’m also involved in the rights of the disabled and do some fundraising for that and I thought it would have been a big boost for the campaign but it couldn’t be worked out.”

― David Prowse

“Many instances of persecution and killing have occurred in countries with atrocious human rights records such as Sri Lanka, Guatemala and the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

― David Suzuki

“My family are doctors and pilots and people involved in indigenous First Nation land rights; not overtly artistic.”

― Deborah Kara Unger

“Few whites are ready to actively promote civil rights for blacks.”

― Derrick Bell

“Historically, the judicial branch has often been the sole protector of the rights of minority groups against the will of the popular majority.”

― Diane Watson

“Neither James Madison, for whom this lecture is named, nor any of the other Framers of the Constitution, were oblivious, careless, or otherwise unaware of the words they chose for the document and its Bill of Rights.”

― Diane Wood

“Republicans passed the Fourteenth Amendment, securing for blacks equal rights under the law, and the Fifteenth Amendment, giving blacks the right to vote, over the Democrats’ opposition.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“Stability and a prosperous life cannot be set off against a set of political rights and freedoms.”

― Dmitry Medvedev

“Prisoners have benefited disproportionately from ‘rights inflation’ – the expansion of human rights into unforeseen nooks and crannies.”

― Dominic Raab

“I like the idea of amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation. It would be simple. It would be straightforward.”

― Donald Trump

“I had been involved in the March on Washington in 1963. I was with friends carrying a sign, ‘Protestants, Jews and Catholics for Civil Rights.’”

― Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Rosa Parks’ entire career has been one as working as a civil rights activist.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“There is no consensus even today on the merits of Napoleon – and certainly no agreement on the rights and wrongs of the origins of the First World War.”

― Douglas Hurd

“If we’re discussing women’s empowerment and equal rights, then yes, I support it.”

― Dulquer Salmaan

“There is no person in this room whose basic rights are not involved in any successful defiance to the carrying out of court orders.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Men have as exaggerated an idea of their rights as women have of their wrongs.”

― E. W. Howe

“It happens that I’m heterosexual, but I don’t care about that. I do care about protecting the rights of 10 percent of our population who are homosexual and who don’t have the ability to protect their rights.”

― Ed Koch

“I used to brag that I can hold up any eviction – even if the landlord had legal rights, I could hold it up for a year.”

― Ed Lee

“In Uzbekistan, hundreds of protesters were recently killed under the corrupt regime of President Karimov in what human rights groups are calling a massacre.”

― Ed Markey

“A nation’s economy is more than its markets, tastes, technologies and property rights.”

― Edmund Phelps

“It is unbelievable that the federal court itself ignores that rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution apply in Puerto Rico.”

― Eduardo Bhatia

“I am not a civil rights leader, and I don’t profess to be one.”

― Edward Brooke

“America was founded to be a beacon of liberty, particularly religious liberty. The framers of our Constitution sought to preserve religious liberty to such an extent that they made it the first right protected in the Bill of Rights.”

― Edwin Meese

“I have always believed that I should have had no difficulty in causing my rights to be respected.”

― Eli Whitney

“There is not another country that is as sensitive as Israel is to the rights of foreigners.”

― Eli Yishai

“I have concluded, after consultation with my friends and earnestly seeking counsel of God, to remain at Alton, and here to insist on protection in the exercise of my rights.”

― Elijah Parish Lovejoy

“To have drunkards, idiots, horse-racing, rumselling rowdies, ignorant foreigners, and silly boys fully recognized, while we ourselves are thrust out from all the rights that belong to citizens, it is too grossly insulting to… be longer quietly submitted to.”

― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Workers’ rights are under attack across the country.”

― Elizabeth Esty

“We still have work to do in our efforts to advance equal rights for all Americans.”

― Elizabeth Esty

“I had advocated the establishment of a Negro industrial commission. I had gestured against the growth of monopoly power. I had introduced a few civil rights bills.”

― Emanuel Celler

“I mean to defend the rights of individuals in a liberal prospect.”

― Emma Bonino

“The Constitution says that the right to life of the unborn is protected and given equal rights as the life of the mother.”

― Enda Kenny

“There are still states that have not evolved so much as California, that still skimp on recognition and, even worse, the rights of immigrants.”

― Enrique Pena Nieto

“I urge the citizens of Ferguson who have been peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights to join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters, vandals and others seeking to inflame tensions and sow discord.”

― Eric Holder

“Those who peacefully gather to express sympathy for the family of Michael Brown must have their rights respected at all times. And journalists must not be harassed or prevented from covering a story that needs to be told.”

― Eric Holder

“In ‘Citizens United v. FEC’, the Supreme Court ruled that sections of the federal campaign finance law known as McCain-Feingold imposed unconstitutional restrictions on the First Amendment rights of corporations.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“The right to vote is one of our nation’s most important civil rights.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“Our rights to live and to love each other, those rights are greater than any other right in the Constitution, period.”

― Eric Swalwell

“This foundational principle – that human beings derive their rights from God, rather than from the State, or any other source – is what made America different.”

― Ernie Fletcher

“We support President Truman’s civil rights program.”

― Eugenie Anderson

“The subject of human rights in China confounds absolute pronouncements.”

― Evan Osnos

“I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with.”

― Evita Peron

“I think Col. North is first a U.S. citizen and he has the same rights as you yourself do, sir.”

― Fawn Hall

“The recognition of rights for women and minorities became a large part of my understanding of what this country is all about.”

― Faye Wattleton

“We have no quarrel with a policy that seeks to support human rights.”

― Ferdinand Marcos

“In Spain there were no TV rights for Formula One.”

― Fernando Alonso

“Bolsonaro is a tropical Trump. They have a very common agenda, a very regressive agenda, when it comes to civil rights, social rights, and environmental rights.”

― Fernando Haddad

“Bolsonaro is adopting a regressive policy as regards rights but a neoliberal policy when it comes to economic policy.”

― Fernando Haddad

“The word democracy has no meaning. Duty has gone. Only rights remain.”

― Fiona Shaw

“There is but one honest limit to the rights of a sentient being; it is where they touch the rights of another sentient being.”

― Frances Wright

“There cannot be any concessions on the matter of human rights or the criteria for visa liberalisation.”

― Francois Hollande

“The most desirable aspects of the Law of the Sea Treaty pertain to navigational rights.”

― Frank Gaffney

“We would be false to our trust if we allowed the time it takes to give effect to constitutional rights to be used as the very reason for taking away those rights.”

― Frank Murphy

“I was an American citizen, and I had as many rights as anyone else.”

― Fred Korematsu

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

― Frederick Douglass

“Viking women were able to rule kingdoms, divorce husbands, own land; and Vikings were very progressive in terms of the rights of women.”

― Gabriel Byrne

“I’m a firm believer in the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights. I don’t think you should infringe on the type of weapon somebody should buy or the number of rounds in a high-capacity magazine.”

― Gabriel E. Gomez

“Secularism and pluralism are two of the defining ethos of Western societies. The former decouples religion from governmental institutions whilst the latter seeks to protect the rights of all citizens to freely practice their creed.”

― Gad Saad

“A writer has to fully defend his rights and his own worth.”

― Gao Xingjian

“But as population became denser, the natural chemical and biological recycling processes became overloaded, calling for a redefinition of property rights.”

― Garrett Hardin

“The systematic dismantling of reproductive rights, much like the takedown of collective bargaining, has been taking place in full view.”

― Garry Trudeau

“I am an ardent supporter of capitalism – but I also understand that while individuals have inalienable, God-given rights, corporations do not.”

― Gary Hamel

“I’d like to think I would have signed the Civil Rights bill and wouldn’t have had any issues with it.”

― Gary Johnson

“People are told their rights when they’re arrested. Consumers getting collection letters are entitled to the same courtesy.”

― Gary Weiss

“I’m rooting for Saudi Arabia getting a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council.”

― Gary Weiss

“Well, I think that it is complicated in that the first four albums were all with Universal so they have the rights to that and therefore it is a lot easier for them to do that period.”

― Geoff Downes

“As far as military necessity will permit, religiously respect the constitutional rights of all.”

― George B. McClellan

“Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect.”

― George Bancroft

“The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another.”

― George Bancroft

“Habituated from our Infancy to trample upon the Rights of Human Nature, every generous, every liberal Sentiment, if not extinguished, is enfeebled in our Minds.”

― George Mason

“First, we could have defied both of them and could have gone to war against both of these nations for this violation of international law and interference with our neutral rights.”

― George William Norris

“The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more.”

― Georges Bernanos

“But, although America cannot be justly charged with violating the rights of Turkey, Turkey nevertheless can be justly charged with violating the rights of America.”

― Gerrit Smith

“My rights all spring front an infinitely nobler source – from favor and grace of God.”

― Gerrit Smith

“To no human charter am I indebted for my rights.”

― Gerrit Smith

“To say, that Capt. Ingraham violated the rights of Turkey, is nonsense.”

― Gerrit Smith

“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

“What we don’t have a right to is healthcare, housing, or handouts. We don’t have those rights.”

― Glenn Beck

“I’m a civil rights attorney. I’m a victim rights attorney.”

― Gloria Allred

“The Republican Party supported the Equal Rights Amendment before the Democratic Party did. But what happened was that a lot of very right-wing Democrats, after the civil rights bill of 1964, left the Democratic Party and gradually have taken over the Republican Party.”

― Gloria Steinem

“To invent a war means that you’ve become a wartime president, and you can suspend much if not all of the Bill of Rights.”

― Gore Vidal

“Who gets to decide the robotic bill of rights? It’s going to be controversial.”

― Gray Scott

“Our Second Amendment rights are not up for negotiation.”

― Greg Gianforte

“I set out to create a means whereby music could be a way of vindicating the rights of the masses.”

― Gustavo Dudamel

“What men value in this world is not rights but privileges.”

― H. L. Mencken

“By the early 1960s, there was a moral consensus on what needed to be done on civil rights.”

― H. W. Brands

“For nearly as long as civilization has existed, patriarchy – enforced through the rights of the firstborn son – has been the organizing principle, with few exceptions.”

― Hanna Rosin

“I am passionate about human rights.”

― Hannah Simone

“The Sherman Act is similar in the economics sphere to the Bill of Rights in the personal sphere.”

― Harold H. Greene

“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

“Perhaps not unusually for a popular film produced over three decades ago, there have been a dizzying parade of corporate characters trading rights to ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ through the years. Yet our requests for timely statements of the film’s income have been met with a series of slammed doors.”

― Harry Shearer

“It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.”

― Harvey Milk

“I stand for all those who feel that the government no longer understands the individual and no longer respects individual rights.”

― Harvey Milk

“The ones who were negotiating are now on the front line of this intifada, because they found that the negotiations didn’t give them the minimum of their rights.”

― Hassan Nasrallah

“We live in an age when it is cheaper to buy the rights to movies than to make them.”

― Hayao Miyazaki

“I don’t think the riots derailed the civil rights movement.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was vigorously and vociferously opposed by the Southern states. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law nonetheless.”

― Henry Rollins

“The Constitution was the expression not only of a political faith, but also of political fears. It was wrought both as the organ of the national interest and as the bulwark of certain individual and local rights.”

― Herbert Croly

“The causes of the China Incident were the exclusion and insult of Japan throughout China, the exclusion of Japanese goods, the persecution of Japanese residents in China, and the illegal violation of Japanese rights.”

― Hideki Tojo

“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.”

― Hillary Clinton

“Gay rights are human rights.”

― Hillary Clinton

“Wealthy women have rights in every country. And poor women don’t.”

― Hillary Clinton

“I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.”

― Horace Greeley

“Iran has a dismal record on human rights.”

― Howard Berman

“Democracy is the common pursuit of mankind, and all countries must earnestly protect the democratic rights of the people.”

― Hu Jintao

“There are those who say to you – we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.”

― Hubert H. Humphrey

“The South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom, the ballot box and the Civil Rights Law.”

― Ida B. Wells

“Everyone puts all of the advances that we’ve made on Dr. King, but there’s a lot of people who were part of the civil rights movement.”

― Ilyasah Shabazz

“People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.”

― Indira Gandhi

“As a child soldier, your rights are constantly violated.”

― Ishmael Beah

“Because we self-published ‘Draculas,’ we control the rights. Not just for now, but forever.”

― J. A. Konrath

“Rauner stands silent as Trump assaults our basic rights.”

― J. B. Pritzker

“I have been fighting to protect women’s healthcare and reproductive rights for decades.”

― J. B. Pritzker

“The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.”

― J. Paul Getty

“Marriage is sacred and protected and has nothing to do with violating our civil rights.”

― Jack Kingston

“The Confederacy was formed for the purpose of seceding from the Union because those states could not part with their rights to own slaves.”

― Jack Schlossberg

“Israeli Arabs have more political rights than any other Arabs in the Middle East, including their compatriots in the Palestinian Authority.”

― Jack Schwartz

“It’s tempting to dismiss the debate about the National Security Agency spying on Americans as a technical conflict about procedural rights.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“The civil rights movement was about access to public space. We had to fight for public space.”

― Jacqueline Woodson

“Justice for the major perpetrators cannot be separated from the vindication of the rights of the individual victim.”

― Jalal Talabani

“Some of the folks on both sides might be sincere, but it does seem as if it is only the opposition that cares about the Bill of Rights most of the time.”

― James Bovard

“The more that voting is glorified as a panacea, the more lackadaisical people become about preserving their constitutional rights.”

― James Bovard

“There can be no perfect Europe in which Ireland is denied even the least of its national rights.”

― James Connolly

“One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.”

― James K. Polk

“Every person is also a citizen of some country. In their country, they have rights and responsibilities. In every other country, they are a guest.”

― James Lankford

“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”

― James Madison

“The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.”

― James Madison

“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

“The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.”

― James Madison

“Well, they are critics of the Bush administration generally on the human rights record of the administration, and in particular, they are very, very critical of this use of science.”

― Jane Mayer

“The last thing the Department of Homeland Security is about is infringing on anybody’s constitutionally protected rights.”

― Janet Napolitano

“My earliest memories are of the civil rights era. My earliest experiences were rage.”

― Janine di Giovanni

“In the state legislature, I supported Second Amendment rights.”

― Jason Kander

“I suspect that the framers of the Bill of Rights have long since rolled over in their graves.”

― Jay Parini

“The future of Haiti must be linked to the respect of the rights of every single citizen.”

― Jean-Bertrand Aristide

“I’ve been a very effective leader in the gay rights movement, though at times I’ve been controversial.”

― Jean O’Leary

“One of the ways a landfill engineer anywhere in the world earns bragging rights is if he can pour himself a glass of the leachate from his landfill and drink it.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“We have the First Amendment to rely on whenever an elected official tries to impinge on our rights to speak.”

― Jeff Bewkes

“I’ve often argued that oil and gas exploration is a state’s rights issue. It is abundantly clear that the State of Florida does not want drilling to negatively affect its beaches and shores.”

― Jeff Miller

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is part of our constitutional rights and it belongs to everybody.”

― Jeffrey Tambor

“Historians and scholars have access to every issue of every newspaper and journal written during the civil rights struggle of the 1960s but can access only a comparative handful of papers covering the election of Barack Obama.”

― Jeffrey Zeldman

“I have very mixed feelings about Jesse Jackson. He’s very good about labor, and human and civil rights issues, but not so good on cultural issues.”

― Jello Biafra

“I never had naming rights at Texas Stadium.”

― Jerry Jones

“Homosexuality is not about love, it’s not about family, and it’s not about civil rights.”

― Jesse Lee Peterson

“It’s a good bet that if Jesse Jackson calls something a ‘civil rights issue,’ it’s not.”

― Jesse Lee Peterson

“You can’t put civil rights on the ballot.”

― Jesse Ventura

“Diversity in books is a civil rights frontier.”

― Jewell Parker Rhodes

“Since 2016 we’ve been campaigning to improve the rights of renters, especially those on low incomes who are being ripped off by stratospheric admin fees, which puts them at risk of homelessness.”

― Jo Swinson

“During the 60’s, I was, in fact, very concerned about the civil rights movement.”

― Joe Biden

“I still am a virulent anti-communist. It is a bad system, an immoral system, and one that takes away the rights of people and the rights of individuals. And everywhere it’s gone, it’s failed.”

― Joe Lhota

“Ossie Davis is one of my heroes for civil rights and things like that.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“Unfortunately in the U.S., the courts have pretty much sided with the GMO lobby and suggesting that a farmer has no rights to be protected from GMO contamination.”

― Joel Salatin

“The Union next to our liberties the most dear. May we all remember that it can only be preserved by respecting the rights of the States, and distributing equally the benefits and burdens of the Union.”

― John C. Calhoun

“As a cosigner of the Veterans’ Bill of Rights, I’m committed to making sure that veterans’ issues remain a top priority in Congress.”

― John Delaney

“If we’re going to change the laws, let’s change them in ways which makes it easier to catch criminals, and yet at the same time protect the Second Amendment rights of our law-abiding citizens.”

― John Dingell

“We have this tradition of the Second Amendment and people’s rights to self-defense and a certain suspicion that the government can’t be trusted.”

― John Hickenlooper

“The civil rights movement in the United States was about the same thing, about equality of treatment for all sections of the people, and that is precisely what our movement was about.”

― John Hume

“I never praised Mr. Snowden or said his actions rise to those of Mohandas Gandhi or other civil rights leaders.”

― John Lewis

“The UN Commission on Human Rights, whose membership in recent years has included countries – such as Libya and Sudan – which have deplorable human rights records, and the recent Oil-for-Food scandal, are just a few examples of why reform is so imperative.”

― John Linder

“When a law is in its nature a contract, when absolute rights have vested under that contract, a repeal of the law cannot divest those rights.”

― John Marshall

“When a law is in its nature a contract, when absolute rights have vested under that contract, a repeal of the law cannot divest those rights. The people can act only by their agents and, within the powers conferred upon them, their acts must be considered as the acts of the people.”

― John Marshall

“The United States expects a lot of its partners and allies, including joint patrolling, significant contributions to armed conflicts, and a strict adherence to human rights, among other things.”

― John McCain

“It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active.”

― John Philpot Curran

“The time has come to underscore the fact that our and others’ rights are contingent on our willingness to assert and defend them.”

― John Polanyi

“Wars can be resolved. Human rights atrocities can be stopped. We just have to apply the right policies.”

― John Prendergast

“All our rights are gradually eroded as government gets bigger.”

― John Stossel

“The myth is that IP rights are as important as our rights in castles, cars, and corn oil. IP is supposedly intended to encourage inventors and the investment needed to bring their products to the clinic and marketplace.”

― John Sulston

“I’m not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I’m going to say I’m opposed to war. But I’m also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.”

― John Wooden

“All over the world copyright holders are trying to limit consumers’ rights. We cannot have that.”

― Jon Johansen

“Voting rights are constitutional rights.”

― Jon Ossoff

“You have to be committed to expand rights and opportunities for all women.”

― Joni Ernst

“The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.”

― Jose Ortega y Gasset

“Since it is necessary to grant six million Filipinos their rights, so that they may be in fact Spaniards, let the government grant these rights freely and spontaneously, without damaging reservations, without irritating mistrust.”

― Jose Rizal

“I, like many members of my generation, was concerned with segregation and the repeated violation of civil rights.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“Contrary to what many secularists allege, the Constitution and Bill of Rights did not ‘privatize’ religion and quarantine it from the public square.”

― Josh Hawley

“Obama has presided over sweeping cultural advances, particularly in the rights of gay and lesbian Americans.”

― Joy Reid

“When I was very young, I sold the rights to my work… through 2000.”

― Juan Gabriel

“I tend to think of all the songs the same – I give them all kind of equal rights.”

― Jules Shear

“And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.”

― Julian Castro

“The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman.”

― Junius

“My grandfather James Peck was a civil rights activist.”

― Justin Peck

“In 2012, the Liberal Party affirmed overwhelmingly at the policy convention that we are a pro-choice party. It means that we are a party that defends women’s rights, and therefore, it would be inconsistent for any Liberal MP to be able to vote to take away women’s rights.”

― Justin Trudeau

“My father, his values were anchored in the time, but they were also timeless, whether it’s bilingualism, multiculturalism or the charter of rights and freedoms.”

― Justin Trudeau

“We’re talking about in the Proposition 8 case fundamental rights, civil rights. I offer no apology for the position I took in Prop. 8.”

― Kamala Harris

“International socialism recognizes the right of free independent nations, with equal rights.”

― Karl Liebknecht

“I had thought about becoming a civil rights lawyer, but I gave it up.”

― Kate Thompson

“Trump did not reverse a policy that allows the mentally ill to purchase firearms as reporters, media pundits and anti-Second Amendment activists have recklessly claimed. Instead, he’s given millions of individuals their constitutional rights back.”

― Katie Pavlich

“The NRA is interested in protecting the civil rights of Americans, not protecting the ability of terrorists to get guns.”

― Katie Pavlich

“I support anything to do with the welfare and rights of children in a huge way.”

― Kelly Preston

“I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights.”

― Ken Livingstone

“Rights are in the power of the people.”

― Ken Starr

“No civil rights movement has gotten anywhere without the help of white liberals.”

― Kenya Barris

“I’m a person who’s always been politically active and passionate about people’s rights.”

― Kerry Washington

“My grandmother had been a part of the civil rights movement.”

― Killer Mike

“As president, I won’t just continue to defend women’s civil rights from political attacks – I’ll make guaranteeing those rights a priority.”

― Kirsten Gillibrand

“When the Bill of Rights was written, no one owned a MAG5100, 100-round magazine for an M-16. The concept of a mass slaughter carried out over a matter of minutes was incomprehensible.”

― Kurt Eichenwald

“The president of the United States, his role is to uphold and to fight for the rights of every person, every American.”

― Kurt Warner

“A suppressing person isn’t critical. A suppressing person is a person who denies the rights of others.”

― L. Ron Hubbard

“There’s a nastiness to conversations about U.S. education reform, which are characterized by the kind of stark taking-of-sides that’s usually reserved for debates over guns or abortion rights.”

― Laura Moser

“I want to regain my First Amendment rights.”

― Laura Schlessinger

“I’m actually a huge fan of changing every single ‘anti-Trump’ sentiment to ‘pro-human rights’ because they are synonymous.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“Right action tends to be defined in terms of general individual rights and standards that have been critically examined and agreed upon by the whole society.”

― Lawrence Kohlberg

“I’m not guided by what Human Rights Watch says.”

― Lee Kuan Yew

“The rights of one sex, political and otherwise, are the same as those of the other sex, and this equality of rights ought to be fully recognized.”

― Leland Stanford

“We must not allow the practices of an anti-democratic State that abuses the powers of government to violate the human rights of Venezuelans.”

― Leopoldo Lopez

“We have seen the civil rights movement insist on re-writing many of the textbooks in our universities and schools. The labor unions likewise insist that textbooks be fair to the viewpoints of organized labor. Other interested citizens groups have not hesitated to review, analyze and criticize textbooks and teaching materials.”

― Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

“Conservative and Labour governments have arguably championed British rights in Brussels so ostentatiously in order to deflect public attention away from their deference to Washington.”

― Linda Colley

“Although England, and the rest of the United Kingdom, possesses momentous constitutional texts and significant statutes, since the 1600s there has been no systematic attempt to codify the powers and limits of the British executive and the rights of those it governs.”

― Linda Colley

“We have to, as a progressive movement, organize climate justice and reproductive rights and racial justice. We’ve got to do this. We can’t continue to organize in silos.”

― Linda Sarsour

“I’m impacted by my women’s reproductive rights.”

― Linda Sarsour

“It’s a zero sum game: the Court either expands individual rights or expands the government’s right to regulate individuals.”

― Lisa Blatt

“Any efforts or opportunity to expand the civil bonds and rights to anyone that wants to build a stable, happy household should be promoted.”

― Lisa Murkowski

“In the nineties, everybody wants to talk about their rights and privileges. Twenty-five years ago, people talked about their obligations and responsibilities.”

― Lou Holtz

“I turned down all the requests for the rights to the books, for years, mostly because they wanted the rights to the characters, and to turn it into a TV series. This would have allowed them to do anything they wanted with the characters, and that just wasn’t an option for me.”

― Louise Penny

“The idea of equal rights was in the air.”

― Lucy Stone

“U.S. v. Arizona is a landmark case not just because of the constitutional issues related to who regulates and enforces immigration, but because of its civil rights implications, too.”

― Luis Gutierrez

“We have a fabulous civil rights history here in Birmingham.”

― Luther Strange

“The Second Amendment reflects the brilliance of our founders, who knew that no right is guaranteed unless we are willing to fight for it, and I remain committed to fighting for the rights of lawful gun owners as the senator for Alabama.”

― Luther Strange

“As I have said before, our society cannot be truly prosperous until it respects the rights of the most vulnerable among us.”

― Luther Strange

“The bill neither confers nor abridges the rights of anyone but simply declares that in civil rights there shall be equality among all classes of citizens and that all alike shall be subject to the same punishment.”

― Lyman Trumbull

“Government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away.”

― Lyn Nofziger

“To say that majorities, as such, have a right to rule minorities, is equivalent to saying that minorities have, and ought to have, no rights, except such as majorities please to allow them.”

― Lysander Spooner

“It is self-evident that no number of men, by conspiring, and calling themselves a government, can acquire any rights whatever over other men, or other men’s property, which they had not before, as individuals.”

― Lysander Spooner

“Legally speaking, there are no such things as ‘public rights,’ as distinguished from individual rights. Legally speaking, there is no such creature or thing as ‘the public.’”

― Lysander Spooner

“Urban residents, most of them middle class, have a much better sense of their environmental rights, and they’re willing to take to the streets.”

― Ma Jun

“I think that civil rights issues take a lot of time to develop.”

― Macklemore

“We want to defend the rights of Malaysians. We don’t want to sell chunks of this country to foreign companies who will develop whole towns.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Our government just won’t enforce civil rights laws. The laws will be ignored.”

― Major Owens

“The Republicans want an autocracy where the rights of minorities and others are not protected.”

― Malcolm Nance

“Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification.”

― Malcolm Wallop

“I strongly feel about women’s rights because I have been working for menstrual hygiene across India.”

― Manushi Chhillar

“Voting rights matter. They are a major part of who we are as Americans.”

― Marc Veasey

“Brand-name drugs have no competition, since the government grants them very long, exclusive marketing rights.”

― Marcia Angell

“Civil rights is unfinished business. Make it your business.”

― Marcia Fudge

“Our economic, civil, and constitutional rights are being challenged and, frankly, they are being lost.”

― Marcia Fudge

“Americans chose a limited government that exists to protect our rights, not to grant them.”

― Marco Rubio

“We have seen voters denied their rights in recent elections as they have been incorrectly purged from lists, their absentee votes not counted, and voting machine integrity and security not assured.”

― Marcy Kaptur

“The battle for women’s rights has been largely won.”

― Margaret Thatcher

“No man should have proprietary rights over land who does not use that land wisely and lovingly.”

― Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

“I’m saying it loud: I’m a Republican who supports gay rights.”

― Mark McKinnon

“Republicans constantly claim to be the party that defends the Constitution. We have no legitimate right to that claim until we get right on gay rights.”

― Mark McKinnon

“When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“I’ve been active in animal rights and all kinds of environmental stuff and children’s charities over the years.”

― Martina Navratilova

“The fights for media justice and racial justice have been intertwined since the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.”

― Marvin Ammori

“I strongly support the rights of transgender individuals. I will not denigrate or deny their struggles.”

― Matt Gaetz

“It is divisive politics to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens after a national tragedy.”

― Matt Rosendale

“We do not accept lessons on rights or humanity from Mr. Macron.”

― Matteo Salvini

“Ours was not always a nation of homeowners; the New Deal fashioned it so, particularly through the G.I. Bill of Rights.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Judge Roberts has assured me personally that he has a healthy respect for precedent and the hard-won rights of Americans.”

― Max Baucus

“Protecting basic rights such as freedom of expression enhances social stability.”

― Max Baucus

“Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.”

― Maximilien Robespierre

“The United States needs to stop putting Israel’s wants above Palestinian rights.”

― Maysoon Zayid

“Communities don’t have rights. Only individuals in the community have rights.”

― Michael Badnarik

“In 1995, I sold the rights to Harry Bosch to Paramount. They had several screenplays written, but a movie never happened. Harry Bosch went on the shelf, and I had to wait 15 years to get him back.”

― Michael Connelly

“I see education in the U.K. as a civil rights struggle.”

― Michael Gove

“A parliamentary democracy that has developed its delicate balances over hundreds of years will not give up its sovereign rights.”

― Michael Portillo

“The treatise found that he was perfectly within his rights to use them.”

― Michael Scheuer

“In college, I was so blessed to have relationships with those who did the civil rights movement.”

― Michael Tubbs

“People were floored when they saw that the underwear bomber, after less than 50 minutes of interrogation, was given the rights, privileges, and immunities of an American citizen under the Constitution.”

― Michele Bachmann

“After years as a civil rights lawyer, I rarely find myself speechless.”

― Michelle Alexander

“Civil rights cases are hard to win.”

― Mike Cernovich

“Our Founding Fathers drafted the Bill of Rights to ensure that We the People could determine how best to protect our communities.”

― Mike Quigley

“The modern labor movement that began around the mid-19th century has given us many of the basic working rights that we now take for granted.”

― Mike Quigley

“Too often, advances in civil rights or women’s rights are undermined by wrong-headed legislation or weak-kneed political leadership.”

― Mike Quigley

“As a policy maker, I have to stand up for the rights of all my constituents, regardless of their faith.”

― Mike Quigley

“Human rights represent absolute and universal values. They should be protected by all means we have at our disposal.”

― Miroslav Lajcak

“Conservatives believe in providing Constitutional rights to our citizens, not to enemy combatants like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.”

― Mitt Romney

“We believe women have rights in Islam that they’ve yet to obtain.”

― Mohammad bin Salman

“There cannot be peace in the Middle East without giving Palestinians their full rights.”

― Mohammed Morsi

“There are severe limitations on civil rights. In the international arena, Iran is turning into an isolated country, and the international community is becoming more hostile toward it.”

― Moshe Katsav

“I come from a communist country. We learned nothing of lawyers, nothing about rights.”

― Nadia Comaneci

“A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“I am an American citizen and feel I am entitled to the same rights as any other citizen.”

― Nat King Cole

“I think you would find almost anyone who stands up for their patent rights has been called a patent troll.”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“This thing called Patriot Act, through which we abdicated a lot of our civil rights to defend the country against terrorism, it’s a four-year story.”

― Neil Young

“Gays and lesbians began to gain civil rights when Americans realized that their brothers, cousins, daughters were gay.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“After the Civil War, when blacks fought along whites to secure freedom for all, southern states enacted Black Codes, laws that restricted the civil rights and liberties of blacks. Central to the enforcement of these laws were the stiff penalties for blacks possessing firearms.”

― Niger Innis

“Government was intended to secure the rights and freedoms of the people; it wasn’t intended to be all things to all people.”

― Nikki Haley

“Preventing female infanticide is equally important in protection of women’s rights.”

― Nita Ambani

“The world is littered with constitutions that have written guarantees of rights but that don’t actually deliver rights. What differentiates the ones where rights are real from where rights are fake is that it’s in the initial interests of the majority to actually deliver these rights.”

― Noah Feldman

“The world is full of nations that are part of the community of nations that don’t respect rights.”

― Noah Feldman

“Prisoners, according to the law, who are non-U.S. citizens and are detained outside the U.S. – including in Guantanamo Bay – are denied ‘habeas corpus.’ They are also denied the right to claim the Geneva Conventions confer certain rights on them.”

― Noah Feldman

“As a Zionist youth leader in the 1940s, I was among those who called for a binational state in Mandatory Palestine. When a Jewish state was declared, I felt that it should have the rights of other states – no more, no less.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Occupying armies have responsibilities, not rights. Their primary responsibility is to withdraw as quickly and expeditiously as possible, in a manner determined by the occupied population.”

― Noam Chomsky

“The government argues that First Amendment rights are outweighed by the need to prosecute those who transmit classified information and documents.”

― Noam Chomsky

“I really believe in a globalist agenda, but globalization isn’t just allowing companies to trade freely all over the world. It’s about what types of rights and responsibilities come with that.”

― Noreena Hertz

“In America there’s no rights for the artist, so whatever films I’ve made kind of belong to the studio.”

― Norman Jewison

“All children have rights and those rights must be protected.”

― Novak Djokovic

“Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.”

― Novalis

“By rights you’re a king. If I was you, I’d call for a new deal.”

― O. Henry

“The United States Senate wasn’t designed to be a majority-rule institution. It was designed to include and accommodate the rights of the minority in small states as well as large states.”

― Olympia Snowe

“Get involved in your neighborhood. That’s how I got really, really committed to the immigrant rights movement.”

― Opal Tometi

“It proved easier to buy the farm to get the mineral rights than to buy the coal rights alone.”

― Orville Redenbacher

“Explosion of positive rights started in 1932 with the election of Roosevelt.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“War diminishes both civil and economic rights.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“For decades in America, there has been an effort to ensure that the rights of those who are not sane are the same as the rights of those who are.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I’m proud to be among a bipartisan group of state attorneys general who consistently advocate against government infringement of Americans’ Second Amendment rights.”

― Pam Bondi

“Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others.”

― Pasquier Quesnel

“A few years ago, there were requests to me, Can we make this? I said that I have no rights. Contact the Hitchcock estate, which won’t release it for a remake.”

― Patricia Highsmith

“The Eleanor Roosevelt Award that I received for women’s rights activities is one I treasure.”

― Patty Duke

“The Second Amendment is the one that really protects all of our liberties that we are given by our Lord, and our God-given rights, and are protected under the Constitution.”

― Paul Broun

“The thing about rights is that in the end you can’t prove what should be considered a right.”

― Paul Farmer

“There are things that should be allocated to states’ rights – that’s Gryffindor – and certain things allocated to the federal government, which is Slytherin.”

― Paul Gosar

“My voting rights agenda is not that different from what you’d see in H.R. 1.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“The civil war across the Middle East between the Shia and the Sunni empowers groups like ISIS and al Qaeda who claim to be the defenders of Sunni rights against Shia attack.”

― Peter Bergen

“The Second Amendment is, of course, very much part of the American fabric. But the intent of the founders was that the amendment protected the rights of citizens to bear arms in a militia for their collective self-defense.”

― Peter Bergen

“The Tolkien estate owns the writings of Professor Tolkien. ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ were sold by Professor Tolkien in the late ’60s, the film rights.”

― Peter Jackson

“The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do ‘The Lord Of The Rings.’ This was before Tolkien sold the rights. They approached him, and he said, ‘No.’”

― Peter Jackson

“In 1962, the smallest things were upsetting to authority. It wasn’t the Civil Rights Movement. It wasn’t the Anti-war Movement. It was something else, but it was a harbinger of what was to come.”

― Peter Riegert

“I will continue fighting to protect our Second Amendment rights.”

― Phil Gingrey

“Sure, the labels and publishers get the rights for songs to be remade into a ringtone. So part of what we do is to work with those content owners to make sure that there are rights in place for every piece of content to be made into a ringtone.”

― Phil Schiller

“Make no mistake: one is not a better Quebecer because one speaks French. One is not less of a Quebecer because one speaks English. We all share the same rights.”

― Pierre Moreau

“The dichotomy between personal liberties and property rights is a false one. Property does not have rights. People have rights.”

― Potter Stewart

“Humanity evolves when we realise that animals have the same rights to the Earth as we do.”

― Radhanath Swami

“I took an interest in the Civil Rights Movement. I listened to Martin Luther King. The Vietnam War was raging. When I was 18, I was eligible for the draft, but when I went to be tested, I didn’t qualify.”

― Radhanath Swami

“No Republican questions or disputes civil rights. I have never wavered in my support for civil rights or the civil rights act.”

― Rand Paul

“I support the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.”

― Rand Paul

“In 2017, Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, an Arizona sheriff who was ordered by a federal court to stop racially profiling and was convicted of criminal contempt when he refused. Arpaio, by targeting Latinx people, was violating both the U.S. Constitution and our civil rights.”

― Rashida Tlaib

“To me, I know that if we could pass the Civil Rights Act of ’64 over 50 years ago, then we can pass Justice for All Civil Rights Act. We can pass Medicare for All.”

― Rashida Tlaib

“Citizens’ rights cannot be protected if their digital activities are governed and policed by opaque and publicly unaccountable corporate mechanisms.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“The erosion of privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment, written to protect us against unreasonable search and seizure, began in earnest under President George W. Bush.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“Human rights in cyberspace are really no different from rights in the physical world.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“The members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria are also part of the Syrian people, and they have the right to exercise their democratic rights.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“In the States, there’s ESPN3, and each country has different options, and other than premiere league football, there tends to be very little global content. And movie and TV rights are pretty broad content.”

― Reed Hastings

“As a candidate, Trump could make outlandish statements with little regard for their Constitutional implications. As President, he is pledged to respect the Constitution’s authority, and the specific rights and protections it guarantees to every American citizen.”

― Reid Hoffman

“If Trump’s actions as President reflect his campaign rhetoric, the ACLU and other capable organizations like it will be critical for defending the Bill of Rights for all Americans.”

― Reid Hoffman

“Similarly, the problem of the rights of the state in the disposition of inheritances left by individuals presents social aspects of the first importance.”

― Rene Cassin

“The implementation measures of both Covenants, but especially those of the Covenant concerning civil and political rights, were considerably weakened to the point where they assumed an optional character.”

― Rene Cassin

“The only compensation, gained through the influence of nongovernmental organizations, consisted in slightly broadening for private individuals the possibility of access and appeal to the agencies enforcing the Covenant concerned with civil and political rights.”

― Rene Cassin

“Our ideals are under the constant threat of extremism, whether in the form of radical Muslim groups or the emergence of other elements seeking to deny the rights and freedoms of others.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“We must defend the rights of working people to bargain collectively for fair wages and safe working conditions.”

― Richard Cordray

“We are forced by the major publishers to include electronic rights in the contracts we make with publishers for new books. And there’s very little we can do about that.”

― Richard Curtis

“I have withdrawn from partisan politics. I am a constitutionalist who believes that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights must be central and the parties must be peripheral.”

― Richard Dreyfuss

“Equal rights should not be debatable and certainly should not be put to a vote of the people. Would we ask the electorate to vote on whether or not Catholics and Protestants should marry? Of course we would not.”

― Richard Grenell

“I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under assault.”

― Richard Hanna

“What other nations call religious toleration, we call religious rights. They are not exercised in virtue of governmental indulgence, but as rights, of which government cannot deprive any portion of citizens, however small.”

― Richard Mentor Johnson

“National sovereignty is an obligation as well as an entitlement. A government that will not perform the role of a government forfeits the rights of a government.”

― Richard Perle

“Non-citizen terrorist suspects are not members of the American national community, and they have no proper claim on the rights Americans accord one another.”

― Richard Perle

“All governments should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights.”

― Richard Stallman

“My situation should have been a lot worse. By rights I shouldn’t have survived the crash.”

― Rick Allen

“Treating one bunch of people this way, and treating this bunch that way. You can’t do that. You have to give everybody the same rights.”

― Rob Halford

“I’m not representing any organization. I represent the people of Ohio, and a lot of people in Ohio feel very strongly about their Second Amendment rights.”

― Rob Portman

“Do you think states’ rights would have disappeared if state legislatures still elected our United States senators? Do you think our United States senators would be difficult to contact if they were named by our state legislatures?”

― Rob Woodall

“That’s what the Senate is about. It’s the last bastion of minority rights, where a minority can be heard, where a minority can stand on its feet, one individual if necessary, and speak until he falls into the dust.”

― Robert Byrd

“Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage is hardly as consequential as Johnson’s legislative success on civil rights.”

― Robert Dallek

“I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Our rights come from God – not man, not a monarch, not a government.”

― Robert Hurt

“Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.”

― Robert Kennedy

“The right to vote is the easiest of all rights to grant.”

― Robert Kennedy

“Whiteness is dynamic, relational, and operating at all times and on myriad levels. These processes and practices include basic rights, values, beliefs, perspectives and experiences purported to be commonly shared by all but which are actually only consistently afforded to white people.”

― Robin DiAngelo

“The copyright bargain: a balance between protection for the artist and rights for the consumer.”

― Robin Gross

“In both houses of Congress, bipartisan legislation has been introduced to ensure that the rights of states and cities to make drone laws are protected.”

― Robin Hayes

“All civil rights and the right to hold office were to be extended to persons of any Christian denomination.”

― Roger Sherman

“Civil libertarians have raised concerns that some of the Patriot Act’s provisions infringe on Constitutional rights. Those concerns are not supported by the facts.”

― Roger Wicker

“’The Dovekeepers’ is a fantastic novel written by Alice Hoffman; it was a bestselling novel, and I fell in love with the book and bought the rights to it.”

― Roma Downey

“All initiation of force is a violation of someone else’s rights, whether initiated by an individual or the state, for the benefit of an individual or group of individuals, even if it’s supposed to be for the benefit of another individual or group of individuals.”

― Ron Paul

“I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.”

― Ronald Reagan

“Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.”

― Ronald Reagan

“If you don’t have the rights, you can’t do the show.”

― Roone Arledge

“I explained to the president that I’ve been pleased with my conversations with the Attorney General and Civil Rights Division regarding their helpful understanding that they aren’t taking over this investigation, but are conducting a parallel review of the events that led to Michael Brown’s death.”

― Roy Blunt

“And government’s only role is to secure our rights for us.”

― Roy Moore

“Rights come from God, not from government.”

― Roy Moore

“If government can give you rights, government can take them away from you.”

― Roy Moore

“Even here in America, people are fighting for civil rights 45 years after the civil rights movement.”

― Ruben Santiago-Hudson

“We should be tolerant, fair, open, and we should understand the rights that all people have in our society.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“Labour accepts that the European Court of Human Rights needs reform.”

― Sadiq Khan

“Only Labour is in a position to protect individual rights against abuses by the state.”

― Sadiq Khan

“People need to be able to read what their rights are, to be able to participate and hold their governments to account.”

― Sadiq Khan

“We must take proactive steps to promote democracy and human rights abroad.”

― Sam Brownback

“The civil rights movement wasn’t easy for anybody.”

― Sammy Davis, Jr.

“Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected.”

― Samuel Gompers

“I charged Rs 101 for the rights to my biopic.”

― Sandeep Singh

“A state of war is not a blank check… when it comes to the rights of the Nation’s citizens.”

― Sandra Day O’Connor

“I sort of thought the framers of the Constitution were talking about the rights of individuals, not corporate entities.”

― Sandra Day O’Connor

“In the last two years, the amount of legislation in the House of Representatives and state legislatures has been really unprecedented, that has focused on reproductive rights.”

― Sandra Fluke

“I’m always going to support the LGBT community and equal rights for the LGBT community.”

― Sara Ramirez

“I don’t believe gun owners have rights.”

― Sarah Brady

“Having the vote is just symbolic. There are still many issues on which women don’t have any right and, in many countries, where women are given very very few rights.”

― Sarah Gavron

“Film rights were in the offing for ‘The Onion Field,’ eventually made into a movie in 1979; ‘The New Centurions’ became a 1972 film starring George C. Scott, while ‘The Blue Knight’ starred William Holden in a 1973 mini-series version.”

― Sarah Weinman

“People should have their rights to be who they want to be and love who they want to love.”

― Sasha Cohen

“It is important to me to keep fighting for the rights of those who cannot.”

― Sasha Velour

“Our religious freedoms are under constant attack from a variety of groups who seek to undermine our constitutional rights and threaten our founding principles.”

― Scott Pruitt

“Gays and lesbians should have the same rights as anybody else, and when they’re in Jamaica, they do have the same rights.”

― Shaggy

“Where laws recognize rights to collective bargaining, the truth is that employee rights to negotiate with employers are denied in many countries.”

― Sharan Burrow

“Workers in Myanmar must have an effective remedy when their rights are violated.”

― Sharan Burrow

“The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.”

― Shirin Ebadi

“If you look at the origins of the postal service in the U.S., the founding fathers created it to protect democratic rights.”

― Shiva Ayyadurai

“The rights of the individual are greatly prized in the developed world, but in many other regions they are considered a luxury reserved for the impossibly wealthy.”

― Silvia Cartwright

“One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights.”

― Simone Weil

“If we must die, we die defending our rights.”

― Sitting Bull

“Women have to risk civil disobedience for their rights.”

― Sonia Johnson

“I’m all for consumer rights. I get very aggravated if I don’t get a good service.”

― Sophie Ellis-Bextor

“I do not support abortion rights. Although what I would support in this vexed area is not clear to me.”

― Stanley Fish

“Physical access is one of the very first issues disability rights activists of the 1960s and ’70s fought for.”

― Stella Young

“I do believe that supporting our First Amendment rights and supporting local law enforcement are not mutually exclusive.”

― Steve Clevenger

“I’m a proud vegan, whistle-blower, and animal rights activist.”

― Steve-O

“Our Founding Fathers believed strongly in gun rights for citizens.”

― Steve Scalise

“If the president is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist.”

― Steve Stockman

“I’ve become an animal rights activist.”

― Steve Wynn

“I’ve changed my will to show my concern for animal rights.”

― Steve Wynn

“The global response to global terrorism must not endanger fundamental human rights and freedoms.”

― Stjepan Mesic

“There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites.”

― Stokely Carmichael

“So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn’t because of Black Power, isn’t because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it’s not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities.”

― Stokely Carmichael

“When I wrote ‘The Secret Life of Bees,’ I was writing about civil rights.”

― Sue Monk Kidd

“We have warned and continue to warn against calls for the division of Iraq, which come up now and then, calling for sectarian rights or minority freedoms.”

― Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud

“Who can be a greater transgressor of human rights than a terrorist?”

― Sushma Swaraj

“We need to fight for the equal rights of citizens.”

― Suzan DelBene

“The mainstream sort of presentation of the civil rights movement was not something that I directly inherited.”

― Ta-Nehisi Coates

“We show our faces to demand human rights for everyone, everywhere.”

― Tamzin Merchant

“I’m just all for equal rights and stuff like that, but I’m not like one of those ‘Yay empowerment’ type of people.”

― Tash Sultana

“We need to protect the privacy rights of all Americans, and that means stopping the federal government from spying on the cellphones and emails of law-abiding citizens.”

― Ted Cruz

“The Second Amendment is an integral part of the Bill of Rights.”

― Ted Cruz

“School choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century.”

― Ted Cruz

“Corporations that are formed for the purpose of earning profits do not have the constitutionally protected rights that natural citizens have. They should not spend their corporate dollars, Treasury dollars, to influence outcome of elections.”

― Ted Deutch

“The right to marry is vital in society. It’s a right that’s older than the Bill of Rights because it goes back to the common law.”

― Ted Olson

“The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that marriage is one of the most fundamental rights that we have as Americans under our Constitution.”

― Ted Olson

“Our rights come from God, not the government.”

― Ted Yoho

“The First Amendment rights, everybody has them.”

― Terry Bradshaw

“Restoring the rights of individuals who have served their time and reentered society is the right thing to do. Virginia’s felon disenfranchisement policy is rooted in a tragic history of voter suppression and marginalization of minorities, and it needs to be overturned.”

― Terry McAuliffe

“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

“We have to ask ourselves, is it really right that the E.U. should just continue to expand, conferring upon all new member states all the rights of membership?”

― Theresa May

“The number-one defender of the Second Amendment rights is the National Rifle Association. The NRA works tirelessly to elect pro-Second Amendment candidates, and it fights fearlessly to win tough public policy battles and preserve those rights.”

― Thom Tillis

“The rashness of the persecutor hath overspread the rights of the persecuted so that punishment is awarded to him that has gained the victory, the inglorious triumphs, and the man who deserved bonds has carried off the prize.”

― Thomas Becket

“Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“The French revolution taught us the rights of man.”

― Thomas Sankara

“Race to race, the Republicans are putting up candidates that are quite far out of the mainstream in terms of should we have passed the Civil Rights Act or does Social Security need to exist.”

― Tim Kaine

“I’m endorsing Col. Maness for United States Senate because of his deeply held commitment to the constitutional rights and principles our nation was founded upon.”

― Tim Kennedy

“What type of ‘person’ is the for-profit corporation? A spoiled brat – all rights and no responsibilities, a traditional conservative argument would say.”

― Timothy Noah

“The rights of women are to the 21st century what civil rights were to the 20th.”

― Tina Brown

“In each and every election, it’s your rights, it’s your freedoms, it’s your interests that are on the ballot.”

― Todd Young

“I’m a libertarian-conservative. I believe the state should focus on defending lives, rights, and property instead of depriving its citizens of their God-given liberties.”

― Todd Young

“They don’t have special rights because we have civil rights laws that protect them. The laws work both ways.”

― Tom Allen

“What libertarians assert is simply that differences among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights.”

― Tom G. Palmer

“The issue of civil rights was too much for the establishment to handle. One of the chapters of history that’s least studied by historians is the 300 to 500 riots in the U.S. between 1965 and 1970.”

― Tom Hayden

“Protecting the rights of service members was an important part of my work as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.”

― Tom Perez

“There’s a long bipartisan tradition of civil rights enforcement.”

― Tom Perez

“I’m often accused of hiring people with civil rights experience, and I do plead guilty to that.”

― Tom Perez

“During Black History Month, I’m reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers’ rights.”

― Tom Perez

“Civil rights activists and union activists shared not just common values and objectives but also common enemies.”

― Tom Perez

“The idea that being human and having rights are equivalent – that rights are inherent – is unintelligible in a Darwinian world.”

― Tom Stoppard

“When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights, and if you have a competent attorney, your rights will be protected.”

― Tommy Shaw

“The church is the only mechanism for mass mobilization. That’s why the civil rights movement came out of the church.”

― Tony Evans

“Reproductive rights are not just a women’s issue.”

― Tony Goldwyn

“The rights that people have offline must also be protected online.”

― Toomas Hendrik Ilves

“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

“Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.”

― Victor Hugo

“I think most people have a general idea of the Constitution, and somewhat of the Bill of Rights.”

― Virgil Goode

“North as well as South, the Negroes have emerged from slavery into a serfdom of poverty and restricted rights.”

― W. E. B. Du Bois

“When you live in the South, you’re constantly part of the civil rights movement.”

― Wadada Leo Smith

“The civil rights fight was a very important fight.”

― Walter Cronkite

“Equal rights for women and queer folks!”

― Wangechi Mutu

“Oswald is an interesting character. Disney lost the rights to him in 1928 to Universal, who was distributing the cartoons and basically handed him over to Walter Lantz.”

― Warren Spector

“Unfortunately, the rights to ‘System Shock’ trademark and copyright are both up in the air.”

― Warren Spector

“The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual’s private rights.”

― William Blackstone

“Therefore, states are equal in natural rights.”

― William H. Seward

“The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to ‘create’ rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.”

― William J. Brennan, Jr.

“I went to Ferguson and walked with the demonstrators and saw this heavily armed police force, tactical units pointing sniper rifles at my constituents who were there exercising their constitutional rights.”

― William Lacy Clay, Jr.

“The whole notion of land property rights in the Arab world is different from that in Europe.”

― William Odom

“The rivalry is huge between South Carolina and Clemson. It’s major bragging rights; one of the most intense things I’ve been a part of.”

― William Perry

“Fundamental is the need for governments to protect the space for citizens to claim their rights, organize, and express themselves.”

― Winnie Byanyima

“Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights.”

― Yahya Jammeh

“The Human Rights Organisation deceives the world by calling itself a human rights council.”

― Yair Lapid

“It was August 28th, 1963, and the greatest civil rights coalition in modern history had descended upon Washington. Hundreds of thousands of protesters trekked through the heat, stretching from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.”

― Yvette Clarke

“I have come to understand that in order to effectively advance women’s rights, we need to galvanize a global women’s movement.”

― Zainab Salbi

“2014 was a good year for transgender rights.”

― Zoey Tur
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