Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independant, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, Original Rough Draught of the Declaration of Independence, June 1776.The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 1, p. 423 (1950).