Inequality Quotes

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Aristotle's axiom: The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
[Inequality] [Laurence J. Peter]

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I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men." "Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.
[Love] [Women] [Education] [Men] [Books] [Jane Austen] [Feminism] [Double Standards] [Gender] [Inequality] [Misogyny] [Social Norms] [Stereotypes] [Constancy] [Opportunities]

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When the gap between the rich and the poor is so huge that you can?t help pointing it out ? that?s when you risk being labeled a pervert.
[Funny] [Inequality] [Benson Bruno] [Perversion]

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The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him was the true founder of civil society. What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had some one pulled up the stakes or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men: "Do not listen to this imposter. You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!
[Inequality] [Jean-Jacques Rousseau]

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It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence.
[Inequality] [Voltaire] [Dependence]

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The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
[Humanity] [Society] [Inequality] [Security] [Rights] [Jane Addams]

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If people lived to be a thousand years old, there?d be extreme inequality, based not on class like now, but on genetics. Think how far behind unmotivated and lazy people lag now after only 65 years on earth, and then multiply that by 15.
[Life] [Jarod Kintz] [Age] [Motivation] [Earth] [Inequality] [Class] [Classism] [Old Age] [Genetics] [Lazy] [Unmotivated]

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Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that 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.
[Inspirational] [Freedom] [Humanity] [Compassion] [Inequality] [Radicalism] [Subversion] [Eugene Victor Debs] [Kinship]

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There is no deception on the part of the woman, where a man bewilders himself: if he deludes his own wits, I can certainly acquit the women. Whatever man allows his mind to dwell upon the imprint his imagination has foolishly taken of women, is fanning the flames within himself -- and, since the woman knows nothing about it, she is not to blame. For if a man incites himself to drown, and will not restrain himself, it is not the water's fault.
[Women] [Men] [Double Standards] [Gender] [Perception] [Prejudice] [Inequality] [Misogyny] [Expectations] [Social Norms] [Stereotypes] [Deceit] [Discrimination] [Delusion] [Self Deception] [Cause And Effect] [John Gower]

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Not all men (and especially the wisest) share the opinion that it is bad for women to be educated. But it is very true that many foolish men have claimed this because it displeased them that women knew more than they did.
[Wisdom] [Women] [Education] [Men] [Knowledge] [Empowerment] [Inequality] [Christine De Pizan] [Abilities] [Suppression] [Superiority]

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[I]f a woman is given a bad reputation -- however contrary to the facts -- any man will be loath to marry her, as one sees all the time. Yet take a man who has slept with a hundred women and may be the vilest lecher on earth, and there is still no delay in a wife being found for him, whether he is knight, baron, or whatever, so long as he's rich. The girl can be absolutely virginal and innocent, her spouse as corrupt as you like. What logic can anyone see in this?
[Women] [Men] [Anonymous] [Double Standards] [Gender] [Inequality] [Misogyny] [Hypocrisy] [Social Norms] [Stereotypes] [Chastity]

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When you hear men talking," said Cornelia, "all they ever do is speak ill of women. ... And I don't quite know how they managed to make this law in their favour, or who exactly it was who gave them a greater license to sin than is allowed to us; and if the fault is common to both sexes (as they can hardly deny), why should the blame not be as well? What makes them think they can boast of the same thing that in women brings only shame?
[Women] [Men] [Feminism] [Double Standards] [Empowerment] [Sin] [Gender] [Prejudice] [Inequality] [Misogyny] [Hypocrisy] [Vice] [Social Norms] [Stereotypes] [Self Perception] [Moderata Fonte] [Preconcenptions]

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What tale do you like best to hear?' 'Oh, I have not much choice! They generally run on the same theme - courtship; and promise to end in the same catastrophe - marriage.
[Love] [Women] [Marriage] [Sarcasm] [Charlotte Bronte] [Empowerment] [Irony] [Gender] [Charlotte Brontë] [Choice] [Inequality] [Matrimony] [Courtship] [Discord] [Storytelling] [Disharmony] [Subjection]

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The darkest secret of this country, I am afraid, is that too many of its citizens imagine that they belong to a much higher civilization somewhere else. That higher civilization doesn?t have to be another country. It can be the past instead?the United States as it was before it was spoiled by immigrants and the enfranchisement of the blacks. This state of mind allows too many of us to lie and cheat and steal from the rest of us, to sell us junk and addictive poisons and corrupting entertainments. What are the rest of us, after all, but sub-human aborigines?
[Poverty] [Kurt Vonnegut] [Race] [Inequality] [Imperialism] [Class] [Colonialism]

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If it is as evil to do lechery as the Bible and the Lord Himself tell us, then who is the more blameworthy: the one who instigates it, or the one who doesn't so much do it as suffer what men do to her? You know very well that it is the male who it, and whoever says otherwise is wrong and is lying through his teeth, unless he has no teeth -- and would to God he hadn't.
[Women] [Men] [Anonymous] [Double Standards] [Gender] [Inequality] [Misogyny] [Social Norms] [Stereotypes] [Chastity] [Immorality]

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Yet if women are so flighty, fickle, changeable, susceptible, and inconstant (as some clerks would have us believe), why is it that their suitors have to resort to such trickery to have their way with them? And why don't women quickly succumb to them, without the need for all this skill and ingenuity in conquering them? For there is no need to go to war for a castle that is already captured. (...) Therefore, since it necessary to call on such skill, ingenuity, and effort in order to seduce a woman, whether of high or humble birth, the logical conclusion to draw is that women are by no means as fickle as some men claim, or as easily influenced in their behaviour. And if anyone tells me that books are full of women like these, it is this very reply, frequently given, which causes me to complain. My response is that women did not write these books nor include the material which attacks them and their morals. Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence. But if women had written these books, I know full well the subject would have been handled differently. They know that they stand wrongfully accused, and that the cake has not been divided up equally, for the strongest take the lion's share, and the one who does the sharing out keeps the biggest portion for himself.
[Women] [Men] [Books] [Double Standards] [Gender] [Perception] [Inequality] [Prejudice] [Misogyny] [Hypocrisy] [Social Norms] [Stereotypes] [Deceit] [Injustice] [Christine De Pizan] [Suppression] [Slander] [Misrepresentation] [Defenselessness] [Fickleness] [Unfairness] [One Sidedness] [Received Opinion]

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It was a fact generally acknowledged by all but the most contumacious spirits at the beginning of the seventeenth century that woman was the weaker vessel; weaker than man, that is. ... That was the way God had arranged Creation, sanctified in the words of the Apostle. ... Under the common law of England at the accession of King James I, no female had any rights at all (if some were allowed by custom). As an unmarried woman her rights were swallowed up in her father's, and she was his to dispose of in marriage at will. Once she was married her property became absolutely that of her husband. What of those who did not marry? Common law met that problem blandly by not recognizing it. In the words of [the leading 17th century compendium on women's legal status]: 'All of them are understood either married or to be married.' In 1603 England, in short, still lived in a world governed by feudal law, where a wife passed from the guardianship of her father to her husband; her husband also stood in relation to her as a feudal lord.
[Women] [History] [Marriage] [Men] [Feminism] [Empowerment] [Gender] [Fathers] [Independence] [Self Determination] [Inequality] [Misogyny] [Husbands] [Social Norms] [Matrimony] [Women S Rights] [Common Law] [Bonds] [Married Life] [Wedlock] [Subjugation] [Property] [Antonia Fraser] [Feudalism] [Guardianship] [The Lawes Resolutions]

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In no country does the average income give the right picture of how people live but in a country with higher inequality it is likely to be particularly misleading. Given that the US has by far the most unequal distribution of income among the rich countries, we can safely guess that the US per capita income overstates the actual living standards of more of its citizens than in other countries....The much higher crime rate than in Europe or Japan -- in per capita terms, the US has eight times more people in prison than Europe and twelve times more than Japan -- shows that there is a far bigger underclass in the US.
[Inequality] [Ha-Joon Chang]

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Let louts learn [their] lesson and stifle their malicious talk! When they are enjoying themselves on the pub bench, with a jug and a glass and a barman there to serve up, then their chatter and their fun is to pass judmgent on some innocent girl -- would to God they'd drown in a beer barrel for it!
[Women] [Men] [Anonymous] [Double Standards] [Gender] [Perception] [Inequality] [Misogyny] [Social Norms] [Stereotypes] [Reputation] [Slander]