Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Declaration of Independence, Florence Ellinwood Allen, French Aphorism

"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.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, ...
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends,
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."
-- Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776
Source: written by Thomas Jefferson

"Liberty cannot be caged into a charter or
handed on ready-made to the next generation.
Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times.
Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves."
-- Florence Ellinwood Allen
Source: This Constitution of Ours, 1940

"Constitutions are made of paper;
Bayonets are made of steel."
-- French Aphorism

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