“All men are created equal; they are endowed with by their creator with certain inalienable rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on earth are equal from birth, all the peoples have a right to live, to be happy and free.”
Ho Chi Minh, Proclamation of Independence, 2 Sept. 1945
Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.