Equal Rights Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old equal rights quotes, equal rights sayings, and equal rights proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The Equal Rights Amendment would "turn holy wedlock into holy deadlock."     

William Rehnquist

True liberty acknowledges and defends the equal rights of all men, and all nations.     

Gerrit Smith

The way forward is always found through greater respect for the equal rights of all.     

Martin O'Malley

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

Chief Joseph

Equal rights for the sexes will be achieved only when mediocre women occupy high positions.     

Francoise Giroud

The emblem of equal rights. It means free hands, free lips, self- government, and the sovereignty of the individual.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.     

Thomas Jefferson

We are not supposed to be all equal. Let's just forget that. We are supposed to have equal rights under law. If we do that, we have done enough.     

Ben Stein

If you believe in equal rights, then what do "women's rights," "gay rights," etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all.     

Thomas Sowell

Everybody have equal rights to a life of full flourishing. Philosophy slowly, slowly has given us arguments saying, look, you already committed to your own life flourishing, and you're being inconsistent if you don't expand it. So philosophy often works in trying to show us that there's an inner incoherence in our points of view. We're all committed to one thing when it comes to us and our own kind, but we're not willing to expand it and we're guilty of inconsistency     

Rebecca Goldstein

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and to be loved. Indeed, if partial emancipation is to become a complete and true emancipation of woman, it will have to do away with the ridiculous notion that to be loved, to be sweetheart and mother, is synonymous with being slave or subordinate. It will have to do away with the absurd notion of the dualism of the sexes, or that man and woman represent two antagonistic worlds.     

Emma Goldman

All men have equal rights, but not to equal things.     

Edmund Burke

We are all human beings and I believe that we all should have equal rights.     

Blake Mycoskie

A Christian, a Deist, a Turk, and a Jew, have equal rights: they are men and brethren.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

I believe everyone on this planet deserves equal rights to their own pursuit of happiness.     

Joel Madden

All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws.     

Voltaire

Equality! Where is it, if not in education? Equal rights! They cannot exist without equality of instruction.     

Frances Wright

Equal rights and free discussion will be fearlessly advocated and maintained. Sectarian dogmas or tenets will be investigated and compared.     

Abner Cole

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.     

Emma Goldman

Progressive leaders always try to take action on the forward edge of that movement, movement toward greater respect for the equal rights of all.     

Martin O'Malley