Thursday, November 19, 2009

- The Declaration of Independence -

The most powerful and meaningful statement in the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, is “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This remains as one of the most power quotes to our nation’s history in the sense that it lists the rights that are given to everyone, those being, Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Life meaning that everyone has the chance to live and make something for themselves. Liberty meaning that everyone would be granted freedom. The pursuit of happiness meaning that everyone has the chances, opportunities, to make things better and always strive for the best.

To show how important they are, notice how certain words are capitalized, showing its’ distinct importance. We should always remember that these remain as our God-given rights, and are different as opposed to “privileges” that can be promised.

Its context has been interpreted throughout history, and sometimes its full meaning called into question. Considering the historical context, it remains questionable as to who exactly these rights have applied to. Its’ meaning is still important today, and it remains as a powerful message to American history.

To reiterate, the most powerful and meaningful statement in the Declaration of Independence is where the civil liberties are directly stated, those being Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.


  1. I think this is an extremely important quote as well, and shows how important human life is. Everyone needs to be treated equally and civil liberties are super important to this very day.

  2. I agree 100% on this that I believe this was also is the most influencial part of the Declaration of Independence. T.J. is quite a writer as well.

  3. Well said, it's nice how people are able to live there lives and fulfill there dreams so i completely agree with you

  4. i like the definitions of life and liberty. i agree with all of it. equality is u huge thing and it is important we all are treated equal if not i think it takes meaning away from others lives.

  5. I completly agree that this was the most influencial part. Nice job about talking about the capatilization of important words.

  6. I would have to agree with you as well. Tomas Jefferson was one of the most influential and possibly one of the best writers of all time. Good work.