Equality Sayings and Quotes

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


Before God, we are all equally wise, and equally foolish.     

Albert Einstein

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.     

Frances Wright

These men ask for just the same thing: fairness, and fairness only. This is, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.     

Abraham Lincoln

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

Carl Shurz

Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently.     

Tom Robbins

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness     

Thomas Jefferson

Six feet of earth make all men equal.     

Proverb

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.     

Aristotle

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.     

George Orwell

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.     

Aristotle

All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free.     

Voltaire

The defect of equality is that we only desire it with our superiors.     

Henry Becque

Men are born equal but they are also born different.     

Erich Fromm

To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.     

William Faulkner

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.     

Socrates

All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.     

Voltaire

All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.     

Bob Dylan

By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.     

St. Thomas Aquinas

Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.     

Simone Weil

Equality of opportunity is an equal opportunity to prove unequal talents.     

Viscount Samuel

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.     

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.     

Aldous Huxley

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

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.     

Aristotle

It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its sovereign law is subordination and dependence.     

Marquis De Vauvenargues

Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.     

H. L. Mencken

So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.     

Samuel Johnson

If all things were equally in all men, nothing would be prized.     

Thomas Hobbes

Equality is the share of every one at their advent upon earth, and equality is also theirs, when placed beneath it.     

Ninon de L'Enclos

Equality and freedom are not luxuries to lightly cast aside. Without them, order cannot long endure before approaching depths beyond imagining.     

Alan Moore

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.     

Marlo Thomas

The likelihood that inborn differences are one contributor to social status does not mean that it is the only contributor.     

Steven Pinker

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them.     

Thomas Jefferson

You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that.     

Arthur Ashe

All imaginable futures are not equally possible.     

Kevin Kelly

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.     

Khalil Gibran

More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development.     

Kofi Annan

People are pretty much alike. It's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities.     

Linda Ellerbee

As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance.     

Mason Cooley

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.     

Erich Fromm

No man is above the law, and no man is below it.     

Theodore Roosevelt

We are all alike, on the inside.     

Mark Twain

The principle of equality does not destroy the imagination, but lowers its flight to the level of the earth.     

Alexis de Tocqueville

Some will always be above others. Destroy the inequality today, and it will appear again tomorrow.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perfect love cannot be without equality.     

Scottish Proverb

The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.     

Bella Abzug

The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate, God made them, high or lowly, and ordered their estate.     

Cecil Frances Alexander

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.     

Honoré de Balzac

There has to be positive action that allows the most disadvantaged people to get their fair share of job opportunities.     

Paul Burton