Human Rights Month Quotes

December is Human Rights Month. In honor of this important month, we’ve compiled a list of inspiring quotes.

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F. Kennedy

“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”—Madeleine L’Engle

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.”—Elie Wiesel

“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.” – Fred Hampton

“All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person.”—Asa Don Brown

“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Remember, the change you want to see in the world, and in your school, begins with you.” – Joseph Clementi

“…our species is one, and each of the individuals who compose it are entitled to equal moral consideration.” – Michael Ignatieff

“You are a human being before any label, handicap, disease, or disorder. You are entitled to dignity. This is the human race’s one religion that unites us, yet it is our hatred and lack of tolerance that distorts our faith to a place of justification. This justification will always be in the oppressor’s benefit.”—Shannon L. Alder

“If we want truth and justice to rule our global village, there must be no hypocrisy. If there is no truth, then there will be no equality. No equality, no justice. No justice, no peace. No peace, no love. No love, only darkness.”—Suzy Kassem

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