„I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.“

I Believe

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John D. Rockefeller, Jr.15
American financier and philanthropist 1874 - 1960

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„I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Источник: Jesus Before Christianity: The Gospel of Liberation (1976), p. 72.
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