105 Inspirational Equality Quotes From Great Leaders

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

2. “All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.” ~ Voltaire

3. “Difference in opinion does not imply difference in principle.” ~ Mike Klepper

4. “Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.” ~ Ban Ki-moon

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

6. “We are all equal in the fact that we are all different.” ~ C. Joybell C.

7. “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” ~ Cornel West

8. “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

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

10. “Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women.” ~ Joss Whedon

11. “The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

12. “In order to make a difference you would have to somehow be different.” ~ Johnnie Dent

13. “I hope that we always have diversity and that we have equality and representation every step of the way.” ~ Marsai Martin

14. “All imaginable futures are not equally possible.” ~ Kevin Kelly

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

16. “The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.” ~ Aristotle

17. “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

18. “That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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

20. “Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.” ~ Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

21. “Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that’s it.” ~ Connor Franta

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

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

24. “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

25. “All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.” ~ Bob Dylan

26. “No matter who or what you support, I believe in supporting fairness first.” ~ Jennette McCurdy

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

28. “We’re all on different paths but headed in the same direction.” ~ Marty Rubin

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

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

31. “So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.” ~ Samuel Johnson

32. “Liberty, equality – bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.” ~ Henri Frederic Amiel

33. “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

34. “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

35. “One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.Marlo Thomas

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

37. “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

38. “If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.” ~ Aristotle

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

40. “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

41. “Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.” ~ H. L. Mencken

42. “Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality.” ~ Helen Clark

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

44. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

45. “Men are born equal but they are also born different.” ~ Erich Fromm

46. “If you hate difference, you’ll be bored to death.” ~ Toba Beta

47. “Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another.” ~ Thomas Paine

48. “Equality implies individuality.” ~ Trey Anastasio

49. “There has to be positive action that allows the most disadvantaged people to get their fair share of job opportunities.” ~ Paul Burton

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

51. “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

52. “Though a sea of difference may divide us, an entire world of commonality lies beneath.” ~ James Rozoff

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

54. “Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” ~ Bill Clinton

55. “The world doesn’t celebrate your similarity but your difference.” ~ Bernard Clive

56. “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

57. “All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free.” ~ Voltaire

58. “Fairness is what justice really is.” ~ Potter Stewart

59. “Equality and freedom are not luxuries to lightly cast aside. Without them, order cannot long endure before approaching depths beyond imagining.” ~ Alan Moore

60. “More countries have understood that women’s equality is a prerequisite for development.” ~ Kofi Annan

61. “If all things were equally in all men, nothing would be prized.” ~ Thomas Hobbes

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

63. “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

64. “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

65. “There’s nothing complicated about equality.” ~ Alice Paul

66. “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” ~ Proverbs 29:7

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

68. “Gender equality must become a lived reality.” ~ Michelle Bachelet

69. “Six feet of earth make all men equal.” ~ Proverb

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

71. “The parts of me that used to think I was different or smarter or whatever, almost made me die.” ~ David Foster

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

73. “Difference in opinion does not imply difference in principle.” ~ Mike Klepper

74. “I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.” ~ Albert Camus

75. “I want for myself what I want for all women, absolute equality.” ~ Agnes Macphail

76. “People are pretty much alike. It’s only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities.” ~ Linda Ellerbee

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

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

79. “People will be able to see their similarities before differences.” ~ Suzy Kassem

80. “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

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

82. “You can’t make a difference unless you are different.” ~ Chris Hodges

83. “Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.” ~ Socrates

84. “Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” ~ Frances Wright

85. “It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” ~ Audre Lorder

86. “When I look at a person, I see a person – not a rank, not a class, not a title.” ~ Criss Jami

87. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ~ Martin Luther King

88. “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play.” ~ Jane Goodall

89. “As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance.” ~ Mason Cooley

90. “Nobody is poor unless he stands in need of justice.” ~ Lactantius

91. “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

92. “Before God, we are all equally wise, and equally foolish.” ~ Albert Einstein

93. “Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we’re opened, we’re red.” ~ Clive Barker

94. “Equality of opportunity is an equal opportunity to prove unequal talents.” ~ Viscount Samuel

95. “Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.” ~ Khalil Gibran

96. “The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.” ~ Bella Abzug

97. “I believe in equality for everyone.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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

99. “Perfect love cannot be without equality.” ~ Scottish Proverb

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

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

102. “The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate, God made them, high or lowly, and ordered their estate.” ~ Cecil Frances Alexander

103. “All men are equal: it is not birth, but virtue alone, that makes the difference.” ~ Voltaire

104. “It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its sovereign law is subordination and dependence.” ~ Marquis De Vauvenargues

105. “In order for us to have gender equality, we have to stop making it a girl fight, and we have to stop being so interested in seeing girls try to tear each other down.” ~ Taylor Swift

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