Human Rights Quotes

We want rights. The flour-merchant, the house-builder, and the postman charge us no less on account of our sex; but when we endeavor to earn money to pay all these, then, indeed, we find the difference.

No President has ever done more for human rights than I have.

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

Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.

And is not peace, in the last analyses, basically a matter of human rights? The right to live out our lives without fear of devastation? The right to breathe air as nature provided it? The right of future generations to a healthy existence?

In 1982, a group came to the Senate to discuss “human rights in Guatemala” with interested staffers. They accused the military government of a litany of abuses, many of which had been widely reported in the American media. When they finished, I asked them about reports, which I had brought along in a stack almost […]

Here, then, I arrive at that doctrine of human rights which seems to me to be most in accord with the inflexible and beneficient laws of nature… Of these rights there are two classes – first, those which a man (or a class of men) wrests from his environment by force; and secondly, those which […]