The Claim for 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
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
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.
The sum of behavior is to retain a man's own dignity, without intruding upon the liberty of others.
The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual.
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.
Thought makes the whole dignity of man; therefore, endeavor to think well, that is the only morality.
Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
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
Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity
Dissertations on Dignity
Oration on the Dignity of Man by Giovanni Mirandola