Equality Quotes (158) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Equality. Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age
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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

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
~ Barbara Jordan

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.
~ Aristotle

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.
~ Aristotle

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

We are all alike, on the inside.
~ Mark Twain

Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.
~ Samuel Johnson

It is better that some should be unhappy than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.
~ Samuel Johnson

It is not true that people are naturally equal for no two people can be together for even a half an hour without one acquiring an evident superiority over the other.
~ Samuel Johnson

The doctrine of equality! There exists no more poisonous poison: for it seems to be preached by justice itself, while it is the end of justice.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The deadly Hydra now is the hydra of Equality. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity is the three-fanged serpent.
~ D. H. Lawrence

That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
~ Aldous Huxley

The principle of equality does not destroy the imagination, but lowers its flight to the level of the earth.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1889) French social philosopher.

A friend to everybody and to nobody is the same thing.
~ Spanish proverb

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

In America everybody is of opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors.
~ Bertrand Russell

Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently. -~ ~ Tom Robbins

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

Love either finds equality or makes it.
~ John Dryden

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

If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present.
~ Franz Boas

Equal pay isn’t just a women’s issue; when women get equal pay, their family incomes rise and the whole family benefits.
~ Mike Honda

The word ‘equality’ shows up too much in our founding documents for anyone to pretend it’s not the American way.
~ Martha Plimpton

Marriage equality is about more than just marriage. It’s about something greater. It’s about acceptance. -~ Charlize Theron

I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.
~ Alice Paul

Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens.
~ David Cameron

In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality.
~ Mary McCarthy

Equality implies individuality.
~ Trey Anastasio

Equality means nothing unless incorporated into the institutions.
~ Slobodan Milosevic

Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.
~ Sonia Sotomayor

Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality; he carried the American flag.
~ Adrian Cronauer

Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It’s how true friends talk.
~ Peggy Noonan

I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
~ Alice Walker

When you truly feel this equal love for all, when your heart has expanded so much that it embraces the whole of creation, you will certainly not feel like giving up this or that. You will simply drop off from secular life as a ripe fruit drops from the branch of a tree. You will feel that the whole world is your home.
~ Ramana Maharshi

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

Treat all as your own self. Do not have a double standard.
~ Sathya Sai Baba

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I should like to suggest to you that the cause of all the economic troubles is that we have an economic system which tries to maintain an equality of value between two things, which it would be better to recognise from the beginning as of unequal value.
~ Paul Dirac

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.
~ Gloria Steinem

Eve was not taken out of Adam's head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.
~ Matthew Henry

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
~ Alice Walker

Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.
~ Samuel Johnson

You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.
~ Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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

We are foolish, and without excuse foolish, in speaking of the superiority of one sex to the other, as if they could be compared in similar things! Each has what the other has not; each completes the other; they are in nothing alike and the happiness and perfection of both depend on each asking and receiving from the other what the other only can give.
~ John Ruskin

The tallest and the smallest among us are so alike diminutive and pitifully base, it is a meanness to calculate the difference.
~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Proclaim human equality as loudly as you like, Witless will serve his brother.
~ Thomas Huxley

Equality is deemed by many a mere speculative chimera, which can never be reduced to practice. But if the abuse is inevitable, does it follow that we ought not to try at least to mitigate it? It is precisely because the force of things tends always to destroy equality that the force of the legislature must always tend to maintain it.
~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

All the religions known in the world are founded, so far as they relate to man or the unity of man, as being all of one degree. Whether in heaven or in hell, or in whatever state man may be supposed to exist hereafter, the good and the bad are the only distinctions.
~ Thomas Paine

The liberal ideal is that everyone should have fair access and fair opportunity. This is not equality fo result. Its equality of opportunity. There's a fundamental difference.
~ Robert Reich

Liberty and equality--lovely and sacred words!
~ Giuseppe Mazzini

Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red.
~ Clive Barker

Spoons and skimmers you can be undistinguishably together; but vases and statues require each a pedestal for itself.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

For my part, it is not the mystery of the incarnation which I discover in religion, but the mystery of social order, which associates with heaven that idea of equality which prevents the rich from destroying the poor
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Who can in reason then or right assume monarchy over such as live by right his equals, if in power or splendor less, in freedom equal?
John Milton
~ Splendor, Assuming, Reason

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
~ Noam Chomsky

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

I don't believe in social equality, and they know it.
~ George Smathers

An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.
~ Martin Luther

Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.
~ Peggy Noonan

The trauma of the Sixties persuaded me that my generation's egalitarianism was a sentimental error. I now see the hierarchical as both beautiful and necessary. Efficiency liberates; egalitarianism tangles, delays, blocks, deadens.
~ Camille Paglia

The intelligence suffers today automatically in consequence of the attack on all authority, advantage, or privilege. These things are not done away with, it is needless to say, but numerous scapegoats are made of the less politically powerful, to satisfy the egalitarian rage awakened.
~ Wyndham Lewis

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

Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination.
~ Mary Douglas

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

The deadly Hydra now is the hydra of Equality. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity is the three-fanged serpent.
~ D. H. Lawrence

Come forward, some great marshal, and organize equality in society, and your rod shall swallow up all the juggling old court gold-sticks
~ William Makepeace Thackeray

I believe in the necessity for struggle by people at the bottom of any society.
~ Frances Fox Piven

To realize that new world we must prefer the values of freedom and equality above all other values - above personal wealth, technical power and nationalism.
~ Herbert Read

Courage consists in equality to the problem before us.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our expanding ethnic diversity of this century, a time when we will all be minorities, offers us an invitation to create a larger memory of who we are as Americans and to re-affirm our founding principle of equality. Let's put aside fears of the disuniting of America and warnings of the clash of civilizations. As Langston Hughes sang, Let America be America, where equality is in the air we breathe.
~ Ronald Takaki

Modern equalitarian societies whether democratic or authoritarian in their political forms, always base themselves on the claim that they are making life happier. Happiness thus becomes the chief political issue -- in a sense, the only political issue -- and for that reason it can never be treated as an issue at all.
~ Robert Warshow

Is there an equality of power between America and Iraq? Definitely not; however, the Iraqi people are standing fast and are defending their land courageously.
~ Bashar al-Assad

The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.
~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As if the ray which travels from the sun would reach me sooner than the man who blacks my boots.
~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Men seem unable to feel equal to women: they must be superior or they are inferior
~ Marilyn French

When the sun rises, it rises for everyone.
~ Aldous Huxley

It is a commonly observed fact that the enslavement of women is invariably associated with a low type of social life, and that, conversely, her elevation towards an equality with man uniformly accompanies progress.
~ Herbert Spencer

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
~ Lord Acton

The highest political buzz word is not liberty, equality, fraternity or solidarity; it is service.
~ Arthur Hugh Clough

The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville

I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman's right to choose. I believe in marriage equality.
~ Andrew Cuomo

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
~ Aristotle

The mind of the thinker and the student is driven to admit, though it be awe-struck by apparent injustice, that this inequality is the work of God. Make all men equal to-day, and God has so created them that they shall be all unequal to-morrow.
~ Anthony Trollope

Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty.
~ Robert Casey

From a viable economy to the full funding of Headstart, from a clean environment to true equality for women, from a strong military to a commitment to racial brotherhood, from schools that are honored to streets free of excessive violence.
~ Paul Tsongas

The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.
~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society.
~ Sonia Sotomayor

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

All special charters of freedom must be abrogated where the universal law of freedom is to flourish.
~ Heinrich Heine

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

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.
~ Melinda Gates

Prosperity or egalitarianism -- you have to choose. I favor freedom -- you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.
~ Mario Vargas Llosa

The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.
~ Pope John XXIII

Equality of two domestic powers Breeds scrupulous faction.
~ William Shakespeare

Do people really want liberty, equality, fraternity? Is it not some manner of speaking?
~ Krzysztof Kieslowski

It's an odd thing about this universe that, though we all disagree with each other, we are all of us always in the right.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith

Even the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality - an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order.
~ Friedrich August von Hayek

The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold. The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbor creates a war betwixt princes.
~ Michel de Montaigne

Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply impose obligations on others, for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated.
~ Tom G. Palmer

Equality, in a social sense, may be divided into that of condition and that of rights. Equality of condition is incompatible with civilization, and is found only to exist in those communities that are but slightly removed from the savage state. In practice, it can only mean a common misery.
~ James F. Cooper

As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones.
~ Steven Pinker

We did not all come over on the same ship, but we are all in the same boat.
~ Bernard Baruch

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
~ Jane Addams

Look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin,...
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Socialism values equality more than liberty.
~ Dennis Prager

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
~ Maya Angelou

All sports must be treated on the basis of equality.
~ Pierre de Coubertin

An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain - the equality of all men.
~ Ignazio Silone

Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole.
~ Mao Zedong

Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are dreadfully like other people.
~ James Russell Lowell

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

The sole equality on earth is death.
~ Philip James Bailey

As soon as man enters into a state of society he loses the sense of his weakness; equality ceases, and then commences the state of war.
~ Baron de Montesquieu

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots.
~ Mikhail Bakunin

Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance.
~ Kim Campbell

In the state of nature... all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.
~ Baron de Montesquieu

Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
~ Aristotle

Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
~ Simone Weil

American society will never completely understand the true meaning of equality.
~ Bryant H. McGill

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
~ Kofi Annan

His lordship may compel us to be equal upstairs, but there will never be equality in the servants' hall.
~ James M. Barrie

In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.
~ John James Ingalls

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

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

Equal opportunity is good, but special privilege is better.
~ Anna Chennault

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

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We are not all equal, nor can we be so.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.
~ Saint Augustine

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

While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
~ Eugene V. Debs

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
~ Anatole France

To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.
~ Golda Meir

Equality and development will not be achieved however if peace is not understood from women's' point of view.
~ Jenny Shipley

Private religious speech can't be discriminated against. It has to be treated equally with secular speech.
~ Samuel Alito

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

Until women learn to want economic independence, and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no roots.
~ Crystal Eastman

We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
~ Lionel Trilling

Women have a lot to say about how to advance women's rights, and governments need to learn from that, listen to the movement and respond.
~ Charlotte Bunch

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
~ Charles Fourier

I want to organize so that women see ourselves as people who are entitled to power, entitled to leadership.
~ Patricia Ireland

We are a model country where gender equality is concerned.
~ Tarja Halonen

I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality.
~ Agnes Macphail

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

Democratic principles are the result of equality of condition.
~ Mercy Otis Warren

All men are born equally free.
~ Salmon P. Chase

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

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

If any man claims the Negro should be content... let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.
~ Robert Kennedy

If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present.
~ Franz Boas

A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.
~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


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