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Unalienable Rights Quotes


"Unalienable rights are essential limitations to all governments." - Francis Hutcheson

"All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights." - Anonymous

"Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man." - Thomas Jefferson

"Rights are not self-evident. They're not unalienable. They are subject to modification just like anything else." - Alan Dershowitz

"Our innate, built-in human value is the reason we have binding duties or obligations towards each other that we don't have towards any other kind of thing. It's also the reason we have unalienable human rights. If man's God-given, special value falls, then unalienable human rights fall, too." - Greg Koukl

"We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights." - Susan B Anthony

"The Declaration of Independence summarizes the civic principles of American life. It agrees with this biblical perspective when it affirms that we are all created equal and endowed by the Creator, God, with our unalienable rights." - Alan Keyes

"The right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children is among the unalienable rights with which the Declaration of Independence proclaims all men [and women] are endowed by their creator." - Antonin Scalia

"Our unalienable right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, those rights were stripped from college kids in Blackburg and Santa Barbara, and from high schoolers at Columbine. And, and from first graders in Newtown, first graders." - Barack Obama

"God forbid that the day should ever come when, in the American mind, the thought of man as a consumer shall submerge the old American thought of man as a creature of God, endowed with unalienable rights." - Benjamin Harrison

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - Thomas Jefferson

"I think at the heart of the pro-life movement is the idea that all people are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights starting with life." - Mike Huckabee

"Gay rights are human rights." - Hillary Clinton

"I believe in animal rights, human rights, land rights, water rights, air rights." - Rod Coronado

"We, the People of this country, have no unalienable rights... all our rights are subject to modification... the Constitution of the United States of America is nothing more than a piece of paper and... our government should not be restrained by the Constitution because our government can do good things for people." - Alan Dershowitz

"Can one generation bind another, and all others, in succession forever? I think not. The Creator has made the earth for the living, not the dead. Rights and powers can only belong to persons, not to things, not to mere matter endowed with will...Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man." - Thomas Jefferson

"All men are, or ought to be free, possessing unalienable rights, and the high and noble qualifications of the laws of nature and of self-preservation, to think, and act, and say as they please, while they maintain a due respect to the rights and privileges of all other creatures, infringing upon none." - Joseph Smith Jr

"The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." - Albert Gallatin

"Whenever equality rights and religious rights collide, equality rights trump." - Vic Toews

"Principle I : Legal rights are presumptive rights." - William Ernest Hocking

"Principle I:;: Legal rights are presumptive rights." - William Ernest Hocking

"I recognize no rights but human rights." - Angelina Grimke

"First there is the democratic idea: that all men are endowed by their creator with certain natural rights; that these rights are alienable only by the possessor thereof; that they are equal in men; that government is to organize these natural, unalienable and equal rights into institutions designed for the good of the governed, and therefore government is to be of all the people, by all the people, and for all the people. Here government is development, not exploitation." - Theodore Parker

"I recognize no rights but human rights-I know nothing of men's rights and women's rights ..." - Angelina Grimke

"Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights." - Hillary Clinton

"There was a time when most Americans held to the notion that the only sure and secure foundation for freedom was God - the Source of unalienable rights and the Policeman stationed in every human heart... But apparently, we don't believe in that sort of thing anymore." - Alan Keyes

"Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost." - Robert A Heinlein

"Last time I checked, Congress was created to uphold the values of the Constitution, not the Bible and its biased teachings. 'All men (including women) are created equal' and are afforded unalienable rights. Way to go, Mr. President! Stand up for what you believe and for the people of this country." - Barack Obama

"What makes us exceptional, what makes us America is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. (APPLAUSE) That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - Barack Obama

"You know, that man has a spirit, that each man and woman is unique, that we have duty to promote our unalienable rights and to protect them, that we have a duty to our families and ourselves, to take care of ourselves, to contribute to charity, that we have a duty to support a just and righteous law that is stable and predictable." - Mark Levin

"The American founding is not just about a group of people, a group of men. It is about an ideal: Both a vision and understanding of the very essence of democracy, constitutional government, a representative republic, and the remarkably powerful concept of being endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights." - Paul Kengor

"[T]he liberty, the unalienable, indefeasible rights of men, the honor and dignity of human nature, the grandeur and glory of the public, and the universal happiness of individuals, were never so skillfully and successfully consulted as in that most excellent monument of human art, the common law of England." - John Adams

"The whole of the Bill is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." - Albert Gallatin

"The Declaration calls us to recognize the inherent equality of all people. And when it becomes unmistakably evident that a government is denying the governed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it's the right of people to establish a new government to secure these unalienable rights." - Mike Crapo

"Today, we stand as a united country and are much closer to the ideals set forth in our Constitution that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - Jim Ryun

"The intensive and concerted effort to exclude references to religion or God from public places is an attack on our founding principles. It's an attempt to bolster a growing reliance on the government-especially the judiciary-as the source of our rights. But if our rights are not unalienable, if they don't come from a source higher than ourselves, then they're malleable at the will of the state. This is a prescription for tyranny." - Mark Levin

"Democracies have been, and governments called, free; but the spirit of independence and the consciousness of unalienable rights, were never before transfused into the minds of a whole people....The feeling of equality which they proudly cherish does not proceed from an ignorance of their station, but from the knowledge of their rights; and it is this knowledge which will render it so exceedingly difficult for any tyrant ever to triumph over the liberties of our country." - Sarah Josepha Hale

"Look closely at these self-evident truths, these imperishable articles of American Faith upon which all our government is firmly based. First and foremost is the existence of God. Next comes the truth that all men are equal in the sight of God. Third is the fact of God's great gift of unalienable rights to every person on earth. Then follows the true and single purpose of all American Government, namely, to preserve and protect these God-made rights of God-made man." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Thomas Jefferson understood the greater purpose of the liberty that our Founding Fathers sought during the creation of our Nation. Although it was against the British that the colonists fought for political rights, the true source of the rights of man was clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson wrote that all humans are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights . . . . It was self-evident to him that denying these rights was wrong and that he and others must struggle to win what was theirs." - William J Clinton

"Whoever defends his own rights defends the rights of all." - Ayn Rand

"Without property rights, no other rights are possible." - Ayn Rand

"I care passionately about equal rights [and] animal rights." - Ellen Degeneres

"I'm a civil rights attorney. I'm a victim rights attorney." - Gloria Allred

"Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing." - Calvin Coolidge

"All children have rights and those rights must be protected." - Novak Djokovic

"Management has no divine rights." - Walter Reuther

"There is no such dichotomy as 'human rights' versus 'property rights.' No human rights can exist without property rights." - Ayn Rand

"Putting the World to Rights" - Margaret Thatcher

"Rights are subordinate to responsibilities." - Len Smith

"To me, feminism is such a simple description: it's equal rights, economic rights, political rights, and social rights." - Callie Khouri

"I stand before you today heart broken, I know history and I love this country ...God blessed this country and it took sacrifice because even though they were endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that's an inheritance. And if you are not willing to fight for you inheritance, even when you leave your children, if they won't fight for it, they don't keep it. Mean greedy evil people will take it away." - Louie Gohmert

"If a juror feels that the statute involved in any criminal offence is unfair, or that it infringes upon the defendant's natural god-given unalienable or constitutional rights, then it is his duty to affirm that the offending statute is really no law at all and that the violation of it is no crime at all, for no one is bound to obey an unjust law." - Harlan F. Stone

"It is evident that the right of acquiring and possessing property, and having it protected, is one of the natural, inherent, and unalienable rights of man. Men have a sense of property: Property is necessary to their subsistence, and correspondent to their natural wants and desires; its security was one of the objects, that induced them to unite in society. No man would become a member of a community, in which he could not enjoy the fruits of his honest labour and industry." - William Paterson

"I know nothing of man's rights, or woman's rights; human rights are all that I recognize." - Sarah Moore Grimke

"I've gone beyond civil rights and human rights to creation rights." - Eldridge Cleaver

"The rights of homosexual people are human rights, and human rights are for everyone." - Ricky Martin

"We should remember that the Declaration of Independence is not merely a historical document. It is an explicit recognition that our rights derive not from the King of England, not from the judiciary, not from government at all, but from God. The keystone of our system of popular sovereignty is the recognition, as the Declaration acknowledges, that 'all men are created equal' and 'endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.' Religion and God are no alien to our system of government, they're integral to it." - Mark Levin

"There is no coloration to rights. Everybody has rights. I don't care who you are, where you come from. You got rights. I got rights. All God's children got rights. There is no coloration to rights. Everybody has rights. I don't care who you are, where you come from. You got rights. I got rights. All God's children got rights." - Julian Bond

"The rights of the weak are not weaker rights, but are completely equal to the rights of the strong." - Dionigi Tettamanzi

"There is no issue of States' rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights." - Lyndon B Johnson

"You can't have occupation and human rights." - Christopher Hitchens

"Citizenship is the right to have rights." - Earl Warren

"Suffering gives us no special rights." - Albert Camus

"Don't waive your rights with your flags," - Sage Francis

"Do' waive your rights with your flags," - Sage Francis

"Respecting other people's rights is peace." - Dolores Huerta

"Your rights end where my nose begins." - Abraham Lincoln

"Human rights takes history out of justice." - Arundhati Roy

"Peoples' rights are fundamental to development." - Stephen Corry

"The true source of rights is duty." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I'm pro-choice. I'm pro-gay rights." - Rudy Giuliani

"Two rights don't equal a left." - Roald Dahl

"Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights." - Yahya Jammeh

"I'm totally applying assumed Creative Commons rights." - Ryan North

"Sexual intercourse vests no property rights." - Spider Robinson

"We support President Truman's civil rights program." - Eugenie Anderson

"I don't believe gun owners have rights." - Sarah Brady

"I'm not a gay rights activist." - Asap Rocky

"The rights of some must not be enjoyed by denying the rights of others. Neither can we permit states' rights at the expense of human rights." - George W Romney

"Therefore, states are equal in natural rights." - William H Seward

"I am passionate about human rights." - Hannah Simone

"I've become an animal rights activist." - Steve Wynn

"They have rights who dare maintain them." - James Russell Lowell

"Rights come from God, not from government." - Roy Moore

"War diminishes both civil and economic rights." - P J Orourke

"Before the formation of this Constitution it had been affirmed as a self evident truth, in the Declaration of Independence, very deliberately made by the Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled that 'all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights' This declaration of Independence was received and ratified by all the States in the Union & has never been disannuled. May we not from hence conclude, that the doctrine of Liberty and Equality is an article in the political creed of the United States." - Samuel Adams

"In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men - yes, black men as well as white men - would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness... America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.'" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Congress actually authorized the printing and payment for a Bible. That illustrates the high regard that the Bible was held in early American society. We see biblical ideas woven into the founding documents of our country like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Declaration of Independence explicity states "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..." This is a biblical idea stemming from the dignity of all people - Psalm 139:14 - we are fearfully and wonderfully made." - Steve Green

"Psychiatry does not commit human rights abuse. It is a human rights abuse." - Thomas Szasz

"Animal rights without veganism is like human rights with slavery. It makes no sense. None whatsoever." - Gary L Francione

"I do not ask for my rights. I have no rights. I have only wrongs." - Caroline Norton

"The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less." - Susan B Anthony

"Just as women's rights are human rights, women's progress is human progress," - Hillary Clinton

"I'm an atheist, and I believe religion is totally against human rights and women's rights." - Taslima Nasrin

"Once you sacrifice your rights, it's hard to get those rights protected again." - Dianne Feinstein

"I know of no rights of race superior to the rights of humanity." - Frederick Douglass

"Some other natural rights... [have] not yet entered into any declaration of rights." - Thomas Jefferson

"The rights of one are as sacred as the rights of a million." - Eugene V Debs

"The Declaration of Independence . . . [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man." - Thomas Jefferson

"We know that if one man's rights are denied, the rights of all are endangered." - Robert Kennedy

"Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense-nonsense upon stilts." - Jeremy Bentham

"It is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights." - Hillary Clinton

"One cannot get to animal rights by trampling on human rights." - Andrew Linzey

"Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense,- nonsense upon stilts." - Jeremy Bentham

"The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened." - John F Kennedy

"Male-female fusion does not create women's rights. It creates a fusion of rights." - Warren Farrell

"The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less." - Franklin Pierce Adams

"Communities don't have rights. Only individuals in the community have rights." - Michael Badnarik

"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less." - Susan B Anthony

"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America." - Jimmy Carter

"Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists, human rights activists, it's all the same." - Daryl Hannah

"While men's rights are guaranteed by specific language in the Constitution, women's equal rights aren't mentioned." - Carolyn Maloney

"The rights of women are to the 21st century what civil rights were to the 20th." - Tina Brown

"Human rights in cyberspace are really no different from rights in the physical world." - Rebecca Mackinnon

"Human rights are something you were born with. Human rights are your God-given rights. Human rights are the rights that are recognized by all nations of this earth." - Malcolm X

"Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely - and the right to be heard." - Hillary Clinton

"Gays have rights, lesbians have rights, men have rights, women have rights, even animals have rights. How many of us have to die before the community recognizes that we are not expendable?" - Octavia St. Laurent

"Everybody's got rights. A man tied to a bed got rights. A man down in a dungeon got rights. A little screaming baby got rights. Yeah, you got rights. What you don't got is power." - Justin Torres

"There's this big debate that goes on in America about what rights are: Civil rights, human rights, what they are? it's an artificial debate. Because everybody has rights. Everybody has rights - I don't care who you are, what you do, where you come from, how you were born, what your race or creed or color is. You have rights. Everybody's got rights." - Julian Bond

"Liberty is never unalienable, it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes." - Robert A Heinlein

"Human beings have an unalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing." - Germaine Greer

"[You have Rights] antecedent to all earthly governments: Rights, that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; Rights, derived from the Great Legislator of the universe." - John Adams

"If a country doesn't recognize minority rights and human rights, including women's rights, you will not have the kind of stability and prosperity that is possible." - Hillary Clinton

"People have opinions about everything and especially when you get into that world of animal rights or tree rights or whatever rights, they all have an opinion." - Danica Patrick

"No Republican questions or disputes civil rights. I have never wavered in my support for civil rights or the civil rights act." - Rand Paul

"No political party has exclusive patent rights on prosperity." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Like being a woman, like being a racial religious tribal or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights." - Hillary Clinton

"Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Grant others the same rights as you claim for yourself." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"The right to life is the first among human rights." - Pope Francis

"Despotic rules are attempting to deprive women of their rights." - Yousef Saanei

"Rights come from God and only from God." - Alan Keyes

"We don't have rights until we claim them." - Richard Bach

"Our rights come from nature and God, not government." - Paul Ryan

"It takes no compromise to give people their rights" - Harvey Milk

"Transgender discrimination is the civil rights issue of our time" - Joe Biden

"... non-use of rights does not destroy them." - Matilda Joslyn Gage

"Poverty has its duties as well as its rights." - Benjamin Disraeli

"I enjoy my rights, but I revel in my privileges." - Mason Cooley

"The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting." - William J Brennan Jr

"Property has its duties as well as its rights." - Thomas Drummond

"I don't fight for bragging rights. I've proved myself." - Floyd Mayweather Jr

"When declaring your rights, don't forget your responsibilities." - H Jackson Brown Jr

"It was civil disobedience that won them their civil rights." - Tariq Ali

"...marriage, they say, halves one's rights and doubles one's duties." - Louisa May Alcott

"Education is the civil rights issue of our generation." - Arne Duncan

"I've been a longtime advocate of farmworker rights." - Eva Longoria

"I'm both an artist / filmmaker and a human rights defender." - Pamela Yates

"If you believe in equal rights, then what do "women's rights," "gay rights," etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all." - Thomas Sowell

"Only majorities can expand political rights in America's constitutional society." - David Barton



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