The Utopian States embraces all of these quotes about individual rights
All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.
Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
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.
Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
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).
Just as man can’t exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one’s rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property.
Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.
As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.
Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.
All initiation of force is a violation of someone else’s rights, whether initiated by an individual or the state, for the benefit of an individual or group of individuals, even if it’s supposed to be for the benefit of another individual or group of individuals.
The most important element of a free society, where individual rights are held in the highest esteem, is the rejection of the initiation of violence.
Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes.
If we must die, we die defending our rights.
I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.
When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.
Marquis de Lafayette
We don’t need a weakened government but a strong government that would take responsibility for the rights of the individual and care for the society as a whole.
Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms.
No references to the need to fight terror can be an argument for restricting human rights.
I don’t believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.
Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.
One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.
James K. Polk
Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn’t even get out of committee.
F. Lee Bailey
If government can give you rights, government can take them away from you.
Communities don’t have rights. Only individuals in the community have rights.
But as population became denser, the natural chemical and biological recycling processes became overloaded, calling for a redefinition of property rights.
And government’s only role is to secure our rights for us.
Material goods consist of useful material things, and of all rights to hold, or use, or derive benefits from material things, or to receive them at a future time.
You don’t have to love them. You just have to respect their rights.
Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.