Human Rights: Birthright of Man by Jeanne Hersch

An excerpt from Birthright of Man by Jeanne Hersch a book that collects a variety of quotes about human rights throughout the world.

BIRTHRIGHT OF MAN. By Jeanne Hersch, ed. New York: Unipub Inc., 1969.

About the book: To mark the 20th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the General Conference of UNESCO decided to publish a collection of quotations from a wide variety of traditions and periods which illustrate how human beings everywhere and always have claimed their rights as humans.

From the book: One should allow everything to run its course without check or restriction. Let the ear hear what it likes, let the eye see what it likes; let the nose smell what it likes, let the mouth say what it likes; let the body enjoy what it likes and let the mind think what it likes.

Lieh-tzu, Taoist school, 4th to 3rd century B.C., China

For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

New Testament, St. Paul, Second Epistle to the Corinthians, 8

Take any parliamentary country, from America to Switzerland, from France to England, Norway and so forth--in these countries the actual work of the State is done behind the scenes, being carried on by the departments, the chancelleries and the General Staffs. Parliament itself is given up to talk, for the sole purpose of fooling the "common people"...

Lenin, The State and Revolution, 1917

When the waters rise the fish eat the ants; when the waters recede the ants eat the fish.

Khmer Proverb, Cambodia

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