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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804)
QUOTATION: The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
ATTRIBUTION: ALEXANDER HAMILTON, “The Farmer Refuted,” The Works of Alexander Hamilton, ed. John C. Hamilton, vol. 2, p. 80 (1850).
SUBJECTS: Human rights