Rights and Duties, 33 Yale Law Journal 501 (1924)
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights." This statement, in spite of literal inaccuracy in its every phrase, served the purpose for which it was written. It expressed an aspiration, and it was a fighting slogan. In order that slogans may serve their purpose, it is necessary that they shall arouse strong, emotional belief, but it is not at all necessary that they shall be literally accurate.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Corbin, Arthur, "Rights and Duties" (1924). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 2932.