The right of individual property is no doubt the very corner-stone of civilization, as hitherto understood; but I am a little impatient of being told that property is entitled to exceptional consideration because it bears all the burdens of the State. It bears those, indeed, which can be most easily borne; but poverty pays with its person the chief expenses of war, pestilence, and famine.
James Russell Lowell (Unitarian, reformer, poet, statesman)
And what a noble sight it is — these thousands and hundreds of thousands banded together on some great principle; together struggling for the establishment of some great right; and moving calmly and steadily forward to the victory, by the might of associated moral power alone!
Thomas Baldwin Thayer, “The Elements and Results of the Social Revolution,” Universalist Quarterly 1847 p.283 (Universalist, theologian, Universalist Quarterly editor, clergy)
A woman has the same human nature that a man has, the same human rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; the same human duties and they are as inalienable in a woman as in a man.
Theodore Parker, “The Public Function of Women,” (1853) (Unitarian, Transcendentalist, minister, abolitionist, reformer)
To be free is not to be exempt from laws, but to be under those which are based upon our rights.
Otis Ainsworth Skinner, “Christian Liberty,” Universalist Quarterly (October 1849) p. 371 (Universalist, minister, President of Lombard University, educator, editor, author)
We can’t think of civil rights as the cry or need of any one group of people but the rights and needs of all human beings
Margaret Mosely (Unitarian Universalist, civil rights activist, peace activist)
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.
Horace Greeley (Universalist, journalist, social reformer)
Let no one think we can deny civil liberties to others and retain it for ourselves. When zealous agents of the Government arrest suspected ‘radicals’ without warrant, hold them without prompt trial, deny them access to counsel and admission of bail…we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity
Robert LaFollette Sr. (Unitarian, politician)