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For the colonel's lady an' Judy O'Grady,
Are sisters under their skins.
- Rudyard Kipling, Barrack-Room Ballads
Women who insist upon having the same options as men would do well to consider the option of being the strong, silent type.
- Fran Lebowitz
All men are equal before the natural law.
[Lat., Quod ad jus naturale attinet, omnes homines aequales sunt.]
- Legal Maxim
An equal has no power over an equal.
[Lat., Par in parem imperium non habet.]
- Legal Maxim
Equality is the share of every one at their advent upon earth, and equality is also theirs when placed beneath it.
- Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate--we cannot consecrate--we cannot hallow--this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us,--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
- Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
Some must follow, and some command, though all are made of clay!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For some must follow, and some command
Though all are made of clay!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos (l. 6)
Equal nature fashion'd us
All in one mould. * * *
All's but the outward gloss
And politic form that does distinguish us.
- Philip Massinger
Liberty and equality--lovely and sacred words!
- Giuseppe Mazzini
Who can in reason then or right assume monarchy over such as live by right his equals, if in power or splendor less, in freedom equal?
- John Milton
Among unequals what society
Can sort, what harmony, or true delight?
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. VIII, l. 383)
My equal he will be again
Down in that cold oblivious gloom,
Where all the prostrate ranks of men
Crowd without fellowship, the tomb.
- James Montgomery
Liberty, equality, fraternity.
[Fr., Liberte, egalite, fraternite.]
- Motto, Watchword of French Revolution,
the motto of France
For my part, it is not the mystery of the incarnation which I discover in religion, but the mystery of social order, which associates with heaven that idea of equality which prevents the rich from destroying the poor.
- Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
- George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair),
All the religions known in the world are founded, so far as they relate to man or the unity of man, as being all of one degree. Whether in heaven or in hell, or in whatever state man may be supposed to exist hereafter, the good and the bad are the only distinctions.
- Thomas Paine
Equality is. one of the most consummate scoundrels that ever crept from the brain of a political juggler--a fellow who thrusts his hand into the pocket of honest industry or enterprising talent, and squanders their hard-earned profits on profligate idleness or indolent stupidity.
- James Kirke Paulding
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
- Plato (originally Aristocles}
Bliss is the same, in subject or in king.
- Alexander Pope
First among equals.
[Lat., Primus inter pares.]
- Proverb, (Latin)
Equality is deemed by many a mere speculative chimera, which can never be reduced to practice. But if the abuse is inevitable, does it follow that we ought not to try at least to mitigate it? It is precisely because the force of things tends always to destroy equality that the force of the legislature must always tend to maintain it.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
We are foolish, and without excuse foolish, in speaking of the superiority of one sex to the other, as if they could be compared in similar things! Each has what the other has not; each completes the other; they are in nothing alike and the happiness and perfection of both depend on each asking and receiving from the other what the other only can give.
- John Ruskin
The sun shines even on the wicked.
[Lat., Et sceleratis sol oritur.]
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
De Beneficiis (III, 25)
Equality of two domestic powers
Breeds scrupulous faction.
- William Shakespeare
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