| Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.|
Samuel AdamsStatement of the Rights of the Colonists, etc. (1772).
|Right as a trivet.|
R. H. BarhamThe Ingoldsby Legends. Auto-da-fé.
| They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man.|
BurkeOn the Army Estimates. Vol. III. P. 221.
|Sir, I would rather be right than be President.|
Henry ClaySpeech. (1850). Referring to the Compromise Measure.
| He will hew to the line of right, let the chips fly where they may.|
Roscoe ConklingSpeech at the National Convention, Chicago, 1880, when General Grant was nominated for a third term.
|But twas a maxim he had often tried,|
That right was right, and there he would abide.
CrabbeTales. Tale XV. The Squire and the Priest.
|Be sure you are right, then go ahead.|
David CrockettMotto. In War of 1812.
|The rule of the road is a parodox quite,|
If you drive with a whip or a thong;
If you go to the left you are sure to be right,
If you go to the right you are wrong.
Henry ErskineRule of the Road.
|For right is right, since God is God,|
And right the day must win;
To doubt would be disloyalty,
To falter would be sin.
F. W. FaberThe Right Must Win. St. 18.
| Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.|
William Lloyd Garrison. In his Life. Vol. III. P. 390.
| The equal right of all men to the use of land is as clear as their equal right to breathe the airit is a right proclaimed by the fact of their existence. For we cannot suppose that some men have a right to be in this world, and others no right.|
Henry GeorgeProgress and Poverty. Bk. VII. Ch. I.
| And wanting the right rule they take chalke for cheese, as the saying is.|
Nicholas GrimaldPreface to his Trans. of Marcus Tullius Cicero. Three Bookes of Duties to Marcus his Sonne. Same expression in GowerConfessio Amantis.
| For the ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when ones acting in a certain manner has this tendency he has a right thus to act.|
Francis HutchesonA System of Moral Philosophy. The General Notions of Rights and Laws Explained. Bk. II. Ch. III.
|Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.|
| We hold these truths to be self-evident,that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.|
Thomas JeffersonDeclaration of Independence of the U. S. of America.
| Let us have faith that Right makes Might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.|
Abraham LincolnAddress. New York City, Feb. 21, 1859. See Henry J. Raymonds Life and Public Services of Lincoln. Ch. III.
| With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.|
Abraham LincolnSecond Inaugural Address. March 4, 1865.
| Mensuraque juris|
Might was the measure of right.
LucanPharsalia. I. 175. Found in Thucydides. IV. 86. PlautusTruncul. IV. 3. 30. Lucan. I. 175. SenecaHercules Furens. 291. SchillerWallensteins Camp. VI. 144.
| All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights.|
Constitution of Massachusetts.
| Every man has by the law of nature a right to such a waste portion of the earth as is necessary for his subsistence.|
MoreUtopia. Bk. II.
| Reparation for our rights at home, and security against the like future violations.|
William Pitt (Earl of Chatham)Letter to the Earl of Shelburne. Sept. 29, 1770.
|All Nature is but art unknown to thee;|
All chance direction, which thou canst not see;
All discord, harmony not understood;
All partial evil, universal good;
And spite of pride, in erring reasons spite,
One truth is clear, Whatever is is right.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. I. L. 289.
|No question is ever settled|
Until it is settled right.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox.