This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...ssert that rights are a gift of God — others, that rights are a gift of society. But, in fact, the source of rights is man’s nature.
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The Declaration of Independence stated that
men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Whether one believes that man is the product of a Creator or of nature, the issue of man’s origin does not alter the fa
ct that he is an entity of a specific kind — a rational being — that he cannot function successfully under coercion, and that rights are a necessary condition of his particular mode of survi...