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see also Human Rights
  1. Join the union, girls, and together say, ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work!’
    Susan Brownell Anthony 1820–1906 American feminist and political activist: in The Revolution 8 October 1869
  2. There is no method by which men can be both free and equal.
    Walter Bagehot 1826–77 English economist and essayist: in The Economist 5 September 1863
  3. Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
    Honoré de Balzac 1799–1850 French novelist: La Duchesse de Langeais (1834)
  4. What makes equality such a difficult business is that we only want it with our superiors.
    Henry Becque 1837–99 French dramatist and critic: Querelles littéraires (1890)
  5. He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
    The Bible (Authorized Version, 1611): St Matthew ch. 5, v. 45; see Bowen
  6. A man's a man for a' that.
    Robert Burns 1759–96 Scottish poet: ‘For a' that and a' that’ (1790)
  7. While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
    Eugene Victor Debs 1855–1926 American socialist: at his trial for sedition in Cleveland, Ohio, 14 September 1918
  8. When every one is somebodee,
    Then no one's anybody.
    W. S. Gilbert 1836–1911 English writer of comic and satirical verse: The Gondoliers (1889) act 2
  9. Sir, there is no settling the point of precedency between a louse and a flea.
    on the relative merits of two minor poets
    Samuel Johnson 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 1783
  10. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood…
    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
    Martin Luther King 1929–68 American civil rights leader: speech at Civil Rights March in Washington, 28 August 1963
  11. Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgement Seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of earth!
    Rudyard Kipling 1865–1936 English writer and poet: ‘The Ballad of East and West’ (1892)
  12. All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
    George Orwell 1903–50 English novelist: Animal Farm (1945) ch. 10
  13. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: The Merchant of Venice (1596–8) act 3, sc. 1, l. [63] (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)
  14. Those who dread a dead-level of income or wealth…do not dread, it seems, a dead-level of law and order, and of security for life and property.
    R. H. Tawney 1880–1962 British economic historian: Equality (4th ed., 1931) ch. 3, sect. 3
  15. Make all men equal today, and God has so created them that they shall all be unequal tomorrow.
    Anthony Trollope 1815–82 English novelist: Autobiography (1883) ch. 16
  16. The constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens.
    Wendell Willkie 1892–1944 American lawyer and politician: An American Programme (1944)

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