Tuesday, December 16, 2003


When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

- From the Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776

The complete document (Library of Congress): http://memory.loc.gov/const/declar.html

What man wants is simply independent choice, whatever that may cost and wherever it may lead.- Fyodor Dostoyevsky