A world without civil rights would be a world of masters and slaves. The civil rights quotes will help you to understand that. Read the famous civil rights quotations and sayings to know more.

Civil Rights Quotes

How does one protect one’s right to freedom from governmental and private institutions? The answer is civil rights, which gives the citizens the power to participate in state affairs without any discrimination. Civil rights gives voice to the voiceless and gives the minority some say among the majority. No wonder, time and again, civil rights have been trampled upon by state agencies. The American Civil War against slavery, The Indian Freedom Movement, and The Anti-Apartheid Movement are notable examples of civil rights. These famous civil right quotations and sayings best describes the necessity of having civil rights.

He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. it had to be some silly little Communist.

- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

A war between Europeans is a civil war.

- Victor Hugo

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.

- Immanuel Kant

The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.

- James Madison

The right of nature... is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.

- Thomas Hobbes

Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.

- Abbie Hoffman

Women's rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about us; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us.

- Toni Morrison

This land is your land, this land is my land, From California to the New York Island. From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me.

- Woody Guthrie

Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.

- Mary Wollstonecraft

The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.

- Chief Joseph

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

- Plutarch

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.

- Aristotle

I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don't think any one will deny us.

- Louisa May Alcott

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.

- Edmund Burke

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

- Lord Acton

The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is supuerior to authority.

- Lord Acton

For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

- Lao Tzu

You can have anything in this world you want, if you want it badly enough and you're willing to pay the price.

- Mary Kay Ash

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.

- Jimmy Carter

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.

- Jimmy Carter

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood

- Jimmy Carter

To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.

- Bono

The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.

- Andrew Johnson

The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals.

- Alfred North Whitehead

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

- Barry Goldwater

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.

- John D. Rockefeller

Doesn't the fight for survival also justify swindle and theft? In self defence, anything goes.

- Imelda Marcos

Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.

- Frederick The Great

The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.

- Jackie Robinson

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

- Samuel Adams

People have a right to ask questions and dig deep when you're hurting people and things around you.

- Layne Staley

The police have no right to do what they have been doing to the protesters. Their behavior has been designed to chill the protester's constitutional rights. This judge's ruling is wonderful.

- James Lafferty

I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.

- George Soros

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

- James Russell Lowell

Voting is a civic sacrament.

- Theodore M. Hesburgh

In our civilization, men are afraid that they will not be men enough and women are afraid that they might be considered only women.

- Theodore Reik

Playboy has violated my personal rights and blatantly misled the public who might think I had given them permission to put me on the cover when I didn't.

- Jessica Alba

Liberals are stalwart defenders of civil liberties - provided we're only talking about criminals.

- Ann Coulter

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