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Adams, John
Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs, and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I have never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which perhaps, I could not surrender if I would.

Sep. 5, 1763 - from a letter published in the Boston Gazette
Bennett, William J.
... responsibilities are the source of rights.

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
Black, Hugo L.
It is my belief that there are "absolutes" in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what words meant, and meant their prohibitions to be "absolute."

quoted in Hugo Black: A Biography by Roger Newman
Chesterton, Gilbert K.
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.

1917 - from A Short History of England
Dewey, Douglas D.  
There was a time when Americans knew the difference between rights and entitlements. A right used to be understood as a claim in justice, our concept of which flowed from tradition and natural law.

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80
Gairdner, William D.  
What is perhaps most ironic and extraordinary about our current sense of democracy ... is how its constituent words: freedom, choice, equality, and rights, are used to defend the blatantly contradictory notions of individualism and collectivism simultaneously. Although many Canadians died defending the former against the latter, we now embrace both with an equal fondness.

Jun. 25, 2001 - from Commentary, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
We think the word democracy has to do only with individual rights, and no longer with our larger responsibilities to the whole people. We seem to believe that individuals have all the rights, and governments have all the duties. The people are simply forgotten. Until we rethink these fundamental propositions, democracy will continue to deceive us.

Jun. 25, 2001 - from Commentary, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Jefferson, Thomas
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

Mar. 4, 1801 - from his first Inaugural Address
It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all.

1795 - from a letter to M. D'Ivernois
Kirk, Russell
Privilege, in any society, is the reward of duties performed.

1953 - from The Conservative Mind

Lincoln, Abraham
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

May 19, 1856 - from a speech
Maher, Bill
We have a Bill of rights. What we need is a Bill of responsibilities.

Mill, John Stuart
What ever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called.

Rand, Ayn
There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).

Sumner, Charles
From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned.

Washington, George
The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation which disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained.

1789 - from his inaugural address