The Claim for Human Dignity

The Claim For Essential Human Dignity

Soldiers ought not be asked to defend a Constitution indifferent to their essential human dignity.
William J. Brennan

Sick man lookin' for the doctor's cure
Lookin' at his hands for the lines that were
And into every masterpiece of literature
for dignity

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I'm at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it's gonna take
To find dignity
Bob Dylan

Let us see delineated before us the true map of man. Let us hear the dignity of his nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God.
John Adams

The sum of behavior is to retain a man's own dignity, without intruding upon the liberty of others.
Francis Bacon

The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual.
Edward Bellamy

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.
Emma Goldman

Thought makes the whole dignity of man; therefore, endeavor to think well, that is the only morality.
Blaise Pascal

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
George Santayana

But clay and clay differs in dignity,
Whose dust is both alike.


Justice Brennan' s opinion in U.S. v. Stanley, 483 U S 669 (1987)

Brief on the Right to Essential Human Dignity


Links to Organizations Concerned with Human Dignity

The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

Dying With Dignity Society

Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity

Dignity Foundation


Dissertations on Dignity

Oration on the Dignity of Man by Giovanni Mirandola

Dignity by Bob Dylan

David Hume: Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature