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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:397
AUTHOR:Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION:We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men. We … solemnly publish and declare, that these colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states … and for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honour.
ATTRIBUTION:THOMAS JEFFERSON, “The Declaration of Independence,” The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 1, pp. 429, 432 (1950).

  Inscription on the southwest quadrant of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. The inscription contains the ellipses above, but it omits other words without ellipses.
SUBJECTS:Declaration of Independence
 
 
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