The 19 Best Quotes On Equality

On this day 55 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. inspired the world with his words in his "I Have a Dream" speech and helped make his dream of equality a reality. In honor of one of the most influential people in the fight for equality, we give you 19 of the best quotes on equality.


1. Before God, we are all equally wise, and equally foolish. -Albert Einstein

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2. Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it. -Frances Wright

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3. 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

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4. 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

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5. Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. -Barbara Jordan

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6. Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently. -Tom Robbins

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7. 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

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

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9. 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

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10. The word 'equality' shows up too much in our founding documents for anyone to pretend it's not the American way. -Martha Plimpton

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11. Marriage equality is about more than just marriage. It's about something greater. It's about acceptance. -Charlize Theron

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12. 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

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13. 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

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14. In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality. -Mary McCarthy

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15. Equality implies individuality. -Trey Anastasio

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16. Equality means nothing unless incorporated into the institutions. -Slobodan Milosevic

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17. Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society. -Sonia Sotomayor

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18. 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

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19. Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk. -Peggy Noonan

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