Guest Author - Aisling Ireland
This article presents some famous quotes on human rights from some of the world's most inspirational human rights leaders.
14th Dalai Lama
-Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
-All human beings, whatever their cultural or historical background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned or tortured.
-Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom.
Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary General of the United Nations
-Whether our task is fighting poverty, stemming the spread of disease or saving innocent lives from mass murder, we have seen that we cannot succeed without the leadership of the strong and the engagement of all.
-To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
-We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
Hannah Arendt, German-Jewish Political Theorist
-The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil.
Peter Benenson, Founder of Amnesty International (AI)
-The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who "disappeared".
-It's the publicity function of Amnesty that I think has made its name so widely known, not only to readers in the world, but to governments - and that's what matters.
-When I first lit the Amnesty candle, I had in mind the old Chinese proverb: 'Better light a candle than curse the darkness.'
Bono, Front Man for U2, Human Rights Activist
-It's not enough to rage against the lie.. you've got to replace it with the truth.
-America is an idea, but it's an idea that brings with it some baggage, like power brings responsibility. It's an idea that brings with it equality, but equality even though it's the highest calling, is the hardest to reach. It's like hey, look there's the moon up there, let's take a walk on it, bring back a piece of it.
-In these disturbing and distressing times, surely it's cheaper, and smarter, to make friends out of potential enemies than it is to defend yourself against them...Justice is the surest way to get peace.
-I see the same compassion for people who live half a world away. And, increasingly, I see the same conviction that we can and we must join together to stop the scourge of AIDS and poverty.
-At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action.
Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States
-Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life..."
Eve Curie, French-American Writer
-We discovered that peace at any price is no peace at all ... And we also discovered that there is something more hideous, more atrocious than war or than death; and that is to live in fear.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader
-A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
-A right delayed is a right denied.
-An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
-At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
-I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
-In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Pro-Democracy Activist and Prisoner of Conscience
-Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.
-Fear is not the natural state of civilized people.
-The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit, born of an intellectual conviction of the need for change in those mental attitudes and values which shape the course of a nation's development.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, US Congressional Delegate
-The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
-There is no reason to repeat bad history.
-The essence of a free life is being able to choose the style of living you prefer free from exclusion and without the compulsion of conformity or law.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States
-The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.