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I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective, justice for his own people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people, and their rights to their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for.
Robert Mugabe

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Mr Bush, Mr. Blair and now Mr Brown's sense of human rights precludes our people's right to their God-given resources, which in their view must be controlled by their kith and kin. I am termed dictator because I have rejected this supremacist view and frustrated the neo-colonialists.
Robert Mugabe

My rights, my wrongs, I write ‘til I’m right with God.
Kendrick Lamar

My privileges, my mistakes, I petition until I am reconciled with the divine.
Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men - how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom?
Che Guevara

We Aryans are those of European descent who are racially conscious and who have committed our lives to our people's survival and evolutionary advancement. We shall do our duty. We shall not surrender our freedom and our very existence to Jewish or any other power. We shall preserve our heritage and our hard-won rights and freedoms. We shall guide our people up the evolutionary stairway to the stars.
David Duke

Justice is indivisible. You can't decide who gets civil rights and who doesn't.
Angela Davis

Fairness is inseparable. You cannot choose who receives human rights and who does not.
There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights, and not colored women theirs, you see the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before. So I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring; because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again.
Sojourner Truth

Inequality can be done away with only by establishing a new society, where men and women will enjoy equal rights, resulting from an upheaval in the means of production and in all social relations. Thus, the status of women will improve only with the elimination of the system that exploits them.
Thomas Sankara

We have to put a stop to the idea that it is a part of everybody's civil rights to say whatever he pleases.
Adolf Hitler

We must quash the notion that it is a fundamental right of all citizens to express whatever opinions they choose.
We must go beyond the arrogance of human rights. We must go beyond the ignorance of civil rights. We must step into the reality of natural rights because all of the natural world has a right to existence and we are only a small part of it. There can be no trade-off.
John Trudell

If women want any rights more than they's got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it?
Sojourner Truth

'If females desire any further privileges beyond what they possess, why not just seize them instead of debating it?'
It is not your right—based on YOUR traditions, YOUR customs and YOUR habits—to deny animals THEIR freedom so you can harm them, enslave them and kill them. Thats not what rights are about. Thats injustice. There is no counter-argument to veganism. Accept it. Apologize for the way youve been living. Make amends and move forward.
Gary Yourofsky

Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
Sojourner Truth

I am above eighty years old; it is about time for me to be going. I have been forty years a slave and forty years free and would be here forty years more to have equal rights for all.
Sojourner Truth

I am well over eight decades old; it is nearly time for me to depart. I have been in bondage for four decades and liberated for another four, and would remain here a further forty years to ensure fairness for all.
Because I'm a civil rights activist, I am also an animal rights activist. Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and vicious taking of life. We shouldn't be a part of it.
Dick Gregory

People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.
Indira Gandhi

People usually overlook their obligations but recall their privileges.
A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless.
Antonin Scalia

A charter of liberties that is subject to the whims of the majority is useless.
We talk so much about one's rights... so little about what is actually right.
Ravi Zacharias

'We frequently discuss our entitlements... rarely what is truly just.'
History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.
Thurgood Marshall

Previous generations have demonstrated that in stressful periods, when protecting liberties appears too onerous, severe threats to freedom are likely to arise.
Civil Rights: What black folks are given in the U.S. on the installment plan, as in civil-rights bills. Not to be confused with human rights, which are the dignity, stature, humanity, respect, and freedom belonging to all people by right of their birth.
Dick Gregory

In Tanganyika we believe that only evil, Godless men would make the color of a mans skin the criteria for granting him civil rights.
Julius Nyerere

In Tanganyika we maintain that only wicked, irreligious individuals would base civil rights on the hue of a person's complexion.
History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.
Carter G. Woodson

I am a woman's rights. I have as much as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that?
Sojourner Truth

'I stand for gender equality. I am endowed with the same natural rights as any man, and am capable of accomplishing the same duties. I have tilled and harvested, chopped wood, and mowed grass; can anyone surpass that?'
I won't give up until the exploitation of all children has ended and all children have their rights.
Craig Kielburger

I refuse to relent until the maltreatment of all minors has ceased and every youngster obtains their freedoms.
Woman is born free and lives equal to man in her rights. Social distinctions can be based only on the common utility.
Olympe de Gouges

'Females are born liberated and possess comparable entitlements with males. Social distinctions should be based solely on the public good.'
I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings. And have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.
Robert E. Lee

Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power. Thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, founded in injustice and wrong, are sure to tremble, if men are allowed to reason... Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
Frederick Douglass

The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and previleges...
George Washington

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

I never questioned that equality was the right path. Most transformations, most dilemmas are intricate. But to me there is nothing complex about just fairness.
The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.
Alexander Hamilton

We should wish that the citizenry be adequately equipped with arms.
The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.
Julian Bond

The equality of all Americans is undermined when any group is denied privileges enjoyed by others.
I don't need no peace. I need equal rights and justice.
Peter Tosh

'I am not content with tranquility. I require equity and fairness.'
I don't call myself a white supremacist. I'm a civil rights activist concerned about European-American rights.
David Duke

I do not consider myself to be a white nationalist. I am an advocate for human rights and the preservation of European-American freedoms.
If we must die, we die defending our rights.
Sitting Bull

If need be, we will perish in the defense of our freedoms.
Today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they are living side by side.
Sheila Jackson Lee

The civil rights movement didn't begin in Montgomery and it didn't end in the 1960s. It continues on to this very minute.
Julian Bond

The struggle for equality and justice has been an ongoing effort since its inception, not limited to Montgomery or the 1960s. It persists in the present day.
What we would like to do is change the world...by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor, of the destitute. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world.
Dorothy Day

I am glad to see that men are getting their rights, but I want women to get theirs, and while the water is stirring, I will step into the pool.
Sojourner Truth

'I am pleased that males are obtaining their privileges, yet I aspire for females to get theirs, and while the tide is turning, I will plunge into the fray.'
There must be a world revolution which puts an end to all materialistic conditions hindering woman from performing her natural role in life and driving her to carry out man's duties in order to be equal in rights.
Muammar al-Gaddafi

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.
Samuel Adams

Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.
Frederick Douglass

Freedom of expression is indispensable where one's capacity to express their thoughts and beliefs has been eliminated. That, above all else, provokes fear in autocrats. It is the right they inevitably extinguish first.
When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state
Thomas Jefferson

We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties.
James Monroe

We must safeguard our freedoms or forfeit our integrity, and with it, potentially, our independence.
I am determined to defend my rights and maintain my freedom or sell my life in the attempt.
Nathanael Greene

I am resolved to safeguard my liberties and uphold my autonomy or jeopardize my life in the endeavor.
We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.
Malcolm X

When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.
Marquis de Lafayette

Revolution is, for the citizens and each section of society, the most revered of privileges and the most indispensable of obligations.
Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it. They have decided that it is entirely right and proper for men to fight for their liberties and their rights, but that it is not right and proper for women to fight for theirs.
Emmeline Pankhurst

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Thomas Jefferson

Until we abstain from injuring other creatures, we are still barbarians.
World War II was fought for the abolition of racial exclusiveness, equality of nations and the integrity of their territories, liberation of enslaved nations and restoration of their sovereign rights, the right of every nation to arrange its affairs as it wishes, economic aid to nations that have suffered and assistance to them in attaining their material welfare, restoration of democratic liberties, and destruction of the Hitlerite regime.
Joseph Stalin

Women, wake up; the tocsin of reason sounds throughout the universe; recognize your rights.
Olympe de Gouges

Rouse yourselves, ladies; a clarion call of rationality echoes across the world; acknowledge your entitlements.