What makes a great quote? In my book, it is something that is concise and memorable.
I’ve been looking for good quotes on human rights in the lead up to International Human Rights Day on December 10, which commemorates the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Most of the quotes I’ve come across, unfortunately, seem to be long and wordy. Below are some of the better ones I’ve found.
If you can come up with your own, please submit them in the comments section below!
“Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement
“Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation.”
Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997-2002
“It has long been recognized that an essential element in protecting human rights was a widespread knowledge among the population of what their rights are and how they can be defended.”
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Sixth UN Secretary-General, 1992-1996
“Human rights is the only ideology that deserves to survive.”
“Tolerance and human rights require each other.”
Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi death camp survivor who dedicated his life to documenting Holocaust crimes and hunting down the perpetrators.
“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 … 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.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, first chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, who championed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948.