quotes tagged with 'unalienablerights'

However insignificant the minority, and however trifling the proposed trespass against their rights, no such trespass is permissible.

Author: Herbert Spencer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in rights minority unalienablerights herbertspencer trespass 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.

Author: Henry George, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny unalienablerights politicalpower henrygeorge 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The natural rights of the colonists are these: First, a right to life; second, to liberty; third to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can.

Author: Samuel Adams, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty tyranny samueladams unalienablerights secondammendment decofind 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purposes of its institution.

Author: James Madison, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government jamesmadison unalienablerights 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

Author: John Adams, Source: Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny education character creator johnadams unalienablerights 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]
What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty? I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws, and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. And what is this liberty which must lie in the hearts of men and women? It is not the ruthless, the unbridled will; it is not freedom to do as one likes. That is the denial of liberty, and leads straight to its overthrow. A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few; as we have learned to our sorrow.
Author: Billings Learned Hand, Source: P. 190, The Spirit of Liberty (1944)Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government freedom tyranny learnedhand unalienablerights courts constuttion 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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