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    equality Quotes

    Our vulnerability [to ressentiment] is unavoidable (and probably incurable) in a kind of society in which relative equality of political and other rights and formally acknowledged social equality go hand in hand with enormous differences in genuine power, possessions and education; a society in which everyone "has the right" to consider himself equal to everybody else, while in fact being unequal to them.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    In light of Jamey [Rodemeyer]'s death - it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it - is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.
    — Zachary Quinto
    tags: death  work  living  lies  equality  gay 
    Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country.
    — Zachary Quinto
    tags: society  equality  gay 
    One must remember equality, yet also be aware of difference, for if the people are allowed to act as it pleases them without coming up against displeasure, if one gives rein to its desires without setting [any] limit, it becomes confused and can no longer take delight in anything.
    — Xunzi
    tags: desires  people  equality 
    There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    You cannot be friends upon any other terms than upon the terms of equality.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: friends  equality 
    Only a peace between equals can last. Only a peace the very principle of which is equality and a common participation in a common benefit.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: peace  equality 
    Love needs the stiffening of respect, the give and take of equality.
    — Winifred Holtby
    tags: respect  equality 
    Women's rights in essence is really a movement for freedom, a movement for equality, for the dignity of all women, for those who work outside the home and those who dedicate themselves with more altruism than any profession I know to being wives and mothers, cooks and chauffeurs, and child psychologists and loving human beings.
    — William Ruckelshaus
    The Constitution requires that Congress treat similarly situated persons similarly, not that it engages in gestures of superficial equality.
    — William Rehnquist
    tags: equality  congress 
    I believe we have made a decision now that will permit us to create an economic order in the world that will promote more growth, more equality, better preservation of the environment, and a greater possibility of world peace, we are on the verge of a global economic expansion that is sparked by the fact that the United States at this critical moment decided that we would compete, not retreat.
    — William J. Clinton
    Forget what you may have heard about a digital divide or worries that the world is splintering into 'info haves' and 'info have-nots.' The fact is, technology fosters equality, and it's often the relatively cheap and mundane devices that do the most good.
    — William J. Clinton
    Consequences flow from a justice's interpretation in a direct and immediate way. A judicial decision respecting the incompatibility of Jim Crow with a constitutional guarantee of equality is not simply a contemplative exercise in defining the shape of a just society. It is an order
    — William J. Brennan
    The laboring man and the trade-unionist, if I understand him, asks only equality before the law. Class legislation and unequal privilege, though expressly in his favor, will in the end work no benefit to him or to society.
    — William Howard Taft
    tags: men  work  society  law  equality 
    We admit of no government by divine right, believing that so far as power is concerned the Beneficent Creator has made no distinction amongst men; that all are upon an equality, and that the only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed.
    — William Henry Harrison
    Idea is a noble one - an idea that fills and expands all generous souls; the idea of equality - the equality of all men before human tribunals and human laws, as they all are equal before the Divine tribunal and Divine laws.
    — William H. Seward
    tags: men  human  law  equality  divine  ideas  noble 
    We shall find that every effort to realize equality necessitates a sacrifice of liberty.
    — William Graham Sumner
    The yearning after equality [in economic outcome] is the offspring of envy and covetousness, and there is no possible plan for satisfying that yearning which can do aught else than rob A to give to B; consequently all such plans nourish some of the meanest vices of human nature, waste capital, and overthrow civilization.
    — William Graham Sumner
    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
    tags: living  live  world  equality  race 
    We cannot choose freedom established on a hierarchy of degrees of freedom, on a caste system of equality like military rank. We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
    — William Faulkner
    Freedom and equality are naturan born enemies.
    — Will Durant
    Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies.
    — Will Durant
    The fear of capitalism has compelled socialism to widen freedom, and the fear of socialism has compelled capitalism to increase equality. East is West and West is East, and soon the twain will meet.
    — Will Durant
    Equality before the law in a true democracy is a matter of right. It cannot be a matter of charity or of favor or of grace or of discretion.
    — Wiley Blount Rutledge
    I think the most relative thing is that women in a way that I think people haven't given us credit for, want to return to this idea about equality in marriages and financial autonomy. And if the richest women don't have financial autonomy, what does it mean for the rest of us? That's all.
    — Wednesday Martin
    Supporting segregation need not be racist. One can believe in segregation and believe in equality of the races.
    — Ward Connerly
    tags: believe  equality  race 
    Bourgeois democracy is democracy of pompous phrases, solemn words, exuberant promises and the high-sounding slogans of freedom and equality. But, in fact, it screens the non-freedom and inferiority of women, the non-freedom and inferiority of the toilers and exploited.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    Democracy is a form of the state, it represents, on the one hand, the organized, systematic use of force against persons; but, on the other hand, it signifies the formal recognition of equality of citizens, the equal right of all to determine the structure of, and to administer, the state.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    This dream of absolute, universal equality is amazing, terrifying, and inhuman. And the moment it captures people's minds, the result is mountains of corpses and rivers of blood.
    — Vladimir Bukovsky
    tags: equality  moment  blood  mind  dreams 
    The liberals who demanded equality of taxation on behalf of the poor, for instance, did not imagine that they would obtain progressive taxation to the disadvantage of the well-off, and that they would end up with an arrangement in which taxes are voted by those who do not pay them.
    — Vilfredo Pareto
    tags: equality  poor  tax  imagine 
    We come from the future, essentially, because we have all these ideas about gender equality, sexual freedom, and these are not shared by the working class, the peasantry among whom we work.
    — Vijay Prashad
    The uses of government should be to foster, protect and promote the possession of equality.
    — Victoria Woodhull
    Whenever equality rights and religious rights collide, equality rights trump.
    — Vic Toews
    Everyone who chooses to live in Europe must accept the basic values. This includes the rule of law as well as equality of men and women and non-discrimination against religious and other minorities.
    — Vera Jourova
    tags: men  women  live  law  equality  value  rules  religious 
    Whatever reforms are carried out in the economy, without deep going changes in men?s mentality ? in their opinion about femininity ? women?s equality may not be possible.
    — Velupillai Prabhakaran
    tags: equality  opinion 
    In our democratic society, the library stands for hope, for learning, for progress, for literacy, for self-improvement and for civic engagement. The library is a symbol of opportunity, citizenship, equality, freedom of speech and freedom of thought, and hence, is a symbol for democracy itself.
    — Vartan Gregorian
    Our legal system, including the police, is anti-Dalit and anti-poor. The death penalty laws' wrathful majesty, in blood-shot equality, deals the fatal blow on the poor not the rich, the pariah not the brahmin, the black not the white, the underdog not the top dog, the dissenter not the conformist. . . The law barks at all but bites only the poor, the powerless, the illiterate, the ignorant.
    — V. R. Krishna Iyer
    tags: death  law  equality  poor  dog  black 
    The argument about marriage equality will one day seem as arcane and shocking to us as the fact that Rosa Parks had to get up and go to the back of the bus.
    — Uma Thurman
    tags: equality  facts  marriage 
    The american dream wasn't meant for me, cause lady liberty's a hypocrite she lied to me, promised me freedom,education, and equality never gave me nothing but slavery but now look at how dangerous you made me callin me a mad man because im strong and bold.
    — Tupac Shakur
    Humanistic values of equality and equal rights for all nations and individuals as crystallized in the principles of the United Nations Charter are mankind's great achievements in the 20th century.
    — Tran ?uc Luong
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