Rights Of Man Quotes

Quotes tagged as "rights-of-man" (showing 1-24 of 24)
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

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

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

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

“Liberty is not something a government gives you. It is a right that no government can legally take away.”
A.E. Samaan

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

“If your Doctor cannot prove they are the Creator, what right do they have to give you an expiration date? None fight for your right to live. Been on hospice almost 16 years now. No 'man' has any right to say you have less then 6 months to live, no matter what the pages on the wall say. Fight its your right.”
Debee Sue

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

“Liberty is a constant battle between government; who would limit it, people; who would concede it, and patriots; who would defend it.”
Samuel R. Young Jr.

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

“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

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

Oscar Wilde
“Albeit nurtured in democracy,
And liking best that state republican
Where every man is Kinglike and no man
Is crowned above his fellows, yet I see,
Spite of this modern fret for Liberty,
Better the rule of One, whom all obey,
Than to let clamorous demagogues betray
Our freedom with the kiss of anarchy.
Wherefore I love them not whose hands profane
Plant the red flag upon the piled-up street
For no right cause, beneath whose ignorant reign
Arts, Culture, Reverence, Honor, all things fade,
Save Treason and the dagger of her trade,
Or Murder with his silent bloody fee.”
Oscar Wilde

Alexis de Tocqueville
“I regard as impious and detestable the maxim that in matters of government the majority of a people has the right to do everything, and nevertheless I place the origin of all powers in the wishes of the majority. Am I in contradiction with myself?

There exists a general law which has been made, or at least adopted not only by the majority of this or that people but by the majority of all men. This law is justice.

Justice thus forms the limit to the right of each people.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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

Ayn Rand
“There are no 'rights' of special groups, there are no 'rights of farmers, of workers, of businessmen, of employees, of employers, of the young, of the old, of the unborn.' There are only the Rights of Man -- rights possessed by every individual man and by all men as individuals.”
Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

“Rechte können nur der Gruppe an der Macht innewohnen. Machtlos zu sein bedeutet, nur jene Rechte gewährt zu bekommen, die sich mit den Interessen und Zielen der Mächtigen vereinbaren lassen. Rechte entspringen demnach dem Eigeninteresse der Macht. Sie leiten sich von den Glaubensvorstellungen und der Ideologie der herrschenden Gruppe ab, der Ideologie, die ihrerseits Werte und Anschauungen bestimmt, während sie das Verhalten prägt.”
Kathleen Barry, Female Sexual Slavery

Hannah Arendt
“A circular letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to all German authorities abroad shortly after the November pogroms of 1918 stated: "The emigration movement of only about 100,000 Jews has already sufficed to awaken the interest of many countries to the Jewish danger.... Germany is very interested in maintaining the dispersal of Jewry... the influx of Jews in all parts of the world invokes the opposition of the native population and thereby forms the best propaganda for the German Jewish policy.... The poorer and therefore more burdensome the immigrating Jews is to the country absorbing him, the stronger the country will react.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt
“Slavery's fundamental offense against human rights was not that it took liberty away (which can happen in many other situations), but that it excluded a certain category of people even from the possibility of fighting for freedom—a fight possible under tyranny, and even under the desperate conditions of modern terror (but not under any conditions of concentration-camp life). Slavery's crime against humanity did not begin when one people defeated and enslaved its enemies (though of course this was bad enough), but when slavery became an institution in which some men were "born" free and others slave, when it was forgotten that it was man who had deprived his fellow-men of freedom, and when the sanction for the crime was attributed to nature. Yet in the light of recent events it is possible to say that even slaves still belonged to some sort of human community; their labor was needed, used, and exploited, and this kept them within the pale of humanity. To be a slave was after all to have a distinctive character, a place in society—more than the abstract nakedness of beig human and nothing but human. Not the loss of specific rights, then, but the loss of a community willing and able to guarantee any rights whatsoever, has been the calamity which has befallen ever-increasing numbers of people. Man, it turns out, can lose all so-called Rights of Man without losing his essential quality as man, his human dignity. Only the loss of a polity itself expels him from humanity.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

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