Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.
The equality of the capitalist and the laborer is the same as the equality of two fighters, when the hands of one are bound, while a gun is put into the hands of the other, and equal conditions are strictly observed for both in the fight.
Most of us continue to work for wages in a highly unequal social system that denies us meaningful work and a decent return for our labor. That simple fact defines a set of common interests of immense democratic potential.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.
We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.
—Louis D. Brandeis
I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people.
Love is suffering. One side always loves more.
After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
The sign of a good marriage is that everything is debatable and challenged; nothing is turned into law or policy. The rules, if any, are known only to the two players, who seek no public trophies.
—Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
—Laurence J. Peter
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
Forty for you, sixty for me. And equal partners we will be.
All men are equal before fish.