— Jean Jacques Rousseau Genevan philosopher 1712 - 1778
„Every person born into this world has a natural right to sustain, preserve, and defend his own life to the best of his ability.“
Natural ragione è di ciascuno che ci nasce, la sua vita, quanto può, aiutare e conservare e difendere.
— Frédéric Bastiat French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly 1801 - 1850
„If a man has the right to self-ownership, to the control of his life, then in the real world he must also have the right to sustain his life by grappling with and transforming resources; he must be able to own the ground and the resources on which he stands and which he must use. In short, to sustain his "human right."“
— Murray N. Rothbard American economist of the Austrian School, libertarian political theorist, and historian 1926 - 1995
„I believe that every human being has the right to his life and to his liberty, and to act in this world so as to secure his own happiness.“
— Henry Wilson Union Army officer, Vice president, politician, historian 1812 - 1875
„The advanced state of civilized society does not recognize the right of one man to own another man against his will. The inalienable right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, is conceded to all. The right of every man to himself, to enjoy the fruits of his own ingenuity and industry, are among the natural rights of every person made in the image of God.“
— Elbridge G. Spaulding American politician 1809 - 1897
— Amos Bronson Alcott American teacher and writer 1799 - 1888
Context: The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples. A noble artist, he has visions of excellence and revelations of beauty, which he has neither impersonated in character, nor embodied in words. His life and teachings are but studies for yet nobler ideals. LXXX. TEACHER
„Every one loves his country, his manners, his language, his wife, his children; not because they are the best in the World, but because they are absolutely his own, and he loves himself and his own labours in them.“
— Johann Gottfried Herder German philosopher, theologian, poet, and literary critic 1744 - 1803
Vol. 1, p. 13; translation vol. 1, p. 18.
„An individual's self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.“
— Joyce Brothers Joyce Brothers 1927 - 2013
As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 43
„Every person has his own ideas of the act of praying for God's guidance, tolerance, and mercy to fulfill his duties and responsibilities.“
— Walt Disney American film producer and businessman 1901 - 1966
Context: Every person has his own ideas of the act of praying for God's guidance, tolerance, and mercy to fulfill his duties and responsibilities. My own concept of prayer is not as a plea for special favors nor as a quick palliation for wrongs knowingly committed. A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request; at the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God.
„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 support and defend them in the best manner they can.“
— Samuel Adams American statesman, Massachusetts governor, and political philosopher 1722 - 1803
Context: 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 support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.
— Henry Ward Beecher American clergyman and activist 1813 - 1887
„The true Christian is not obliged to renounce the things of this world or to lessen his natural abilities.“
— Edith Stein Jewish-German nun, theologian and philosopher 1891 - 1942
Context: The true Christian is not obliged to renounce the things of this world or to lessen his natural abilities. On the contrary, inasmuch as he incorporates them into his normal life in a disciplined manner, he develops and perfects them; he thereby ennobles the natural life itself, supplying efficacious values to it not only of the spiritual and eternal world but also of the material and earthly world.
„I suppose every child has a world of his own — and every man, too, for the matter of that. I wonder if that's the cause for all the misunderstanding there is in Life?“
— Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898
Chapter 4 : A Cunning Conspiracy