Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Theodore Roosevelt (18581919)
My position as regards the monied interests can be put in a few words. In every civilized society property rights must be carefully safeguarded; ordinarily and in the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run, identical; but when it clearly appears that there is a real conflict between them, human rights must have the upper hand; for property belongs to man and not man to property.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, address at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, April 23, 1910.Citizenship in a Republic, The Strenuous Life (vol. 13 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed.), chapter 21, pp. 51516 (1926).