Rights Quotes

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A man will fight harder for his interests than his rights.

human nature self-interest

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
The true republic: men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.


I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.

possessions responsibility

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
There are no such things as divine, immutable or inalienable rights.  Rights are things we get when we are strong enough to make good our claim to them.
The belief that if the meanest man in the republic is deprived of his rights, then every man in the republic is deprived of his rights, is the only patriotism.
From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbour's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.


I am proud of the revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought . . . the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but the hands of God.


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.

happiness pursuit

It is hard to think of any word that has confused more issues than the word 'rights.' Nowadays, almost anything that anybody wants is called a 'right'—a magic word that does away with the need for evidence, logic or even common sense.