Benjamin Franklin - Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other...

Quote Text: 

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

Explanation: 

According to the US National Archives, this quote is from an essay published without an author's name in The Pennsylvania Gazette in 1736. It was assumed by some that they were written by Ben Franklin, but there was no evidence to support that idea. A year later, John Webbe acknowledged he had written the essays, not Ben Franklin.