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Thomas Jefferson, John Stuart Mill, M. Searle Bates


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"We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable, that all men are

created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they

derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation

of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: First draft of the Declaration of Independence




"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion,

mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person

than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."

-- John Stuart Mill

(1806-1873) English philosopher and economist

Source: On Liberty, 1859




"[Natural rights are] moral claims to those spheres of action which are necessary for the welfare of the individual and the development of his personality."

-- M. Searle Bates


Source: Religious Liberty: An Inquiry, 1945


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