The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


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. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

我们认为这些真理是不言而喻的:人人生而平等,他们都从他们的“造物主”那边被赋予了某些不可转让的权利,其中包括生命权、自由权和追求幸福的权利。为了保障这些权利,所以才在人们中间成立政府。而政府的正当权力,则系得自被统治者的同意。如果遇有任何一种形式的政府变成损害这些目的的,那末,人民就有权利来改变它或废除它,以建立新的政府。这新的政府,必须是建立在这样的原则的基础之上,并且是按照这样的方式来组织它的权力机关,庶几就人民看来那是最能够促进他们的安全和幸福的。诚然,谨慎的心理会主宰着人们的意识,认为不应该为了轻微的、暂时的原因而把设立已久的政府予以变更;而过去一切的经验也正是表明,只要当那些罪恶尚可容忍时,人类总是宁愿默然忍受,而不愿废除他们所习惯了的那种政治形式以恢复他们自己的权利。然而,当一个政府恶贯满盈、倒行逆施、一贯地奉行着那一个目 标,显然是企图把人民抑压在绝对专制主义的淫威之下时,人民就有这种权利,人民就有这种义务,来推翻那样的政府,而为他们未来的安全设立新的保障。----我们这些殖民地的人民过去一向是默然忍辱吞声,而现在却被迫地必须起来改变原先的政治体制,其原因即在于此。现今大不列颠国王的历史,就是一部怙恶不悛、倒行逆施的历史,他那一切的措施都只有一个直接的目的,即在我们各州建立一种绝对专制的统治。为了证明这一点,让我们把具体的事实胪陈于公正的世界人士之前:

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.


He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.


He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.


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