Quotes About Rights Of Man

Quotes tagged as "rights-of-man" (showing 1-15 of 15)
Thomas Paine
“Ignorance is of a peculiar nature; once dispelled, it is impossible to reestablish it. It is not originally a thing of itself, but is only the absence of knowledge; and though man may be kept ignorant, he cannot be made ignorant.”
Thomas Paine

“When you're silent, your silence condones it. Thus, whatever you believe in goes down the drain.”
Jennifer Tindugan-Adoviso

John  Adams
“There is nothing in which mankind have been more unanimous [founding nations upon superstition]; yet nothing can be inferred from it more than this, that the multitude have always been credulous, and the few artful. The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature: and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history... [T]he detail of the formation of the American governments... may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had any interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of heaven... it will for ever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses... Thirteen governments thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favour of the rights of mankind.

[A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States of America, 1787]”
John Adams, The Political Writings of John Adams

Ayn Rand
“Any alleged "right" of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another isn't and can't be a right.”
Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

Thomas Paine
“If, to expose the fraud and imposition of monarchy ... to promote universal peace, civilization, and commerce, and to break the chains of political superstition, and raise degraded man to his proper rank; if these things be libellous ... let the name of libeller be engraved on my tomb."

[Letter Addressed To The Addressers On The Late Proclamation, 1792 (Paine's response to the charge of "seditious libel" brought against him after the publication of The Rights of Man)]”
Thomas Paine, The Thomas Paine Reader

James Monroe
“If there be a people on earth whose more especial duty it is to be at all times prepared to defend the rights with which they are blessed, and to surpass all others in sustaining the necessary burthens, and in submitting to sacrifices to make such preparations, it is undoubtedly the people of these states.”
James Monroe

Richard Llewellyn
“The rights of man are poor things beside the eyes of hungry children. Their hurts are keener than the soreness of injustice.”
Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley

Ron Brackin
“The right to choose does not mean the choice is right.”
Ron Brackin

“When Bonaparte returned from Italy he called on Mr. Paine and invited him to dinner: in the course of his rapturous address to him he declared that a statue of gold ought to be erected to him in every city in the universe, assuring him that he always slept with his book 'Rights of Man' under his pillow and conjured him to honor him with his correspondence and advice.”
Thomas Clio Rickman, The Life of Thomas Paine, Author of Common Sense, Rights of Man, Age of Reason, Letter to the Addressers

Jay Woodman
“I never think of myself as an attacker, only as a defender - usually of rights - mine and others.”
Jay Woodman

E.A. Bucchianeri
“I detect the activist returning with a vengence.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Ron Brackin
“The problem with today's culture is that we have too many rights and not enough wrongs.”
Ron Brackin

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