Archive for the ‘human rights’ Category

Quote of the day, Feb. 12

February 12, 2017

Abraham Lincoln, speech to the 164th Ohio Regiment (1864)

“I wish it might be more generally and universally understood what the country is now engaged in. We have, all will agree, a free Government, where every man has a right to be equal with every other man. In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed. There is more involved in this contest than is realised by every one. There is involved in this struggle the question whether you children and my children shall enjoy the privileges we have enjoyed. I say this in order to impress upon you, if you are already so impressed, that no small matter should divert yours from our great purpose.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 22

August 22, 2016

William Butler Yeats, from “Easter Sunday”

“Too long a sacrifice/Can make a stone of the heart.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 15

January 15, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 11

December 11, 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt, on human rights

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 4

December 4, 2015

Ahmed Kathrada, to South African youth

“Enjoy yourselves. Take full advantage of what was closed to you before. But remember that freedom did not fall from heaven; with freedom comes responsibility. The majority of the population of South Africa is young and the responsibility is on the young people. While you’re enjoying yourself, don’t forget your responsibility to yourself, your parents and to the country.”

Quote of the Day, Nov. 23

November 23, 2015

Charles de Gaulle, on freedom

“At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of belief, of opinion, of work, of leisure.”


Quote of the day, July 9

July 8, 2015

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1949)

“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

Quote of the day, April 5

April 5, 2015

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on leadership (1946)

“We shall have full freedom only when our uncrowned king Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his colleagues in the Interim Government devote themselves to the service of the poor as people expect them to do.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 1, 2015

February 1, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr., on the sit-in movement

‘‘The key significance of the student movement lies in the fact that from its inception, everywhere, it has combined direct action with non-violence. This quality has given it the extraordinary power and discipline which every thinking person observes.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 29

November 29, 2014

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on injustice to Indians in South Africa (1896)

“Ours is one continual struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir whose occupation is hunting, and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with and, then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness.”