"We all would like to see a brighter future for Haiti, and I hope this conference will serve to explore many views. Respect for human rights, freedom, and the rule of law must be established in the poorest nation in our hemisphere."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Eliot Engel on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Eliot Engel on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Eliot Engel on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Eliot Engel on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Eliot Engel on Abraham Lincoln
"Too small is our world to allow discrimination, bigotry and intolerance to thrive in any corner of it, let alone in the United States of America."
"While Haiti has recently celebrated more than 200 years of independence from French colonial rule, the citizens of the island remain vulnerable to poverty, poor health, and political chaos."