A Quote by King Hussein of Jordan on certainty, government, happiness, independence, liberty, life, men, politics, power, principles, simplicity, society, words, and world

Americans can also look to their own heritage for the standard of values of which I speak. Your Declaration of Independence contains a powerful but simple statement of principle which, if applied today, would revolutionize the world. "All men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This is the most profound curtailment of the power of government and rulers and the most legitimate rationale for the universal rights of man that I have ever seen enunciated in such few words. Your system of jurisprudence and your Bill of Rights are derived from moral principles which enshrine the sanctity of life and all that this conveys in a political society. . . .

King Hussein (1935 - 1999)

Source: Commencement Forum speech, graduation of his son Prince Feisal, Brown University, May 1985

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