right to the pursuit of happiness


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Noun1.right to the pursuit of happiness - the right to try to find happiness
human right - (law) any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere (including rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of thought and expression and equality before the law)
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The right to the pursuit of happiness, which is the prerogative to pursue the goals and values of one's own choosing.
Declaration of Independence, Epicurean thinker Thomas Jefferson added the right to the pursuit of happiness, and Brazil in recent years added the right to happiness to its constitution.
The wise fathers, when they builded the fundamental documents of this Government so thought, for Thomas Jefferson positively assumes mankind entitled to the right to the pursuit of happiness.
Founding Fathers recognized the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.
The right to the pursuit of happiness is precisely that, the right to the pursuit--to a certain type of action and its result--not to any guarantee that other people will make you happy or even try to do so.
To defend the right to the pursuit of happiness is certainly noble and necessary, but it does not tell us bow to pursue happiness.