Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality.
Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist
The battle for women's rights has been largely won.
Author: Margaret Thatcher (1925)
Profession: British Stateswoman, Prime Minister (1979-90)
The principle of equality does not destroy the imagination, but lowers its flight to the level of the earth.
Author: Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859)
Profession: French Social Philosopher
We are all alike, on the inside.
Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Profession: American Humorist, Writer
All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.
Author: Voltaire (1694-1778)
Profession: French Historian, Writer
Modern equalitarian societies whether democratic or authoritarian in their political forms, always base themselves on the claim that they are making life happier. Happiness thus becomes the chief political issue -- in a sense, the only political issue -- and for that reason it can never be treated as an issue at all.
Author: Robert Warshow
Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.
Author: Simone Weil (1910-1943)
Profession: French Philosopher, Mystic