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"Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness... We claim them from a higher source -- from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth. They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals. They are created in us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; exist with us; and cannot be taken from us by any human power, without taking our lives."
John Dickinson (more quotes by John Dickinson or books by/about John Dickinson)
(1732-1808) Founding Father of the United States, solicitor and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware, signed the Constitution and a member of the Continental Congress
An Address to the Committee of Correspondence in Barbados, 1766
Civil Rights, Freedom, Individual Rights, Liberty, Religion