Here is the entire John D. Rockefeller, Jr. quotation as
inscribed at Rockefeller Center:
I believe in the supreme worth
of the individual and in his right to life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness.
I believe that every right
implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an
obligation; every possession, a duty.
I believe that the law was
made for man and not man for the law; that
government is the servant of the people and not
I believe in the dignity of
labor, whether with head or hand; that the world
owes no man a living but that it owes every man an
opportunity to make a living.
I believe that thrift is
essential to well ordered living and that economy is
a prime requisite of a sound financial structure,
whether in government, business or personal affairs.
I believe that truth and
justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.
I believe in the sacredness of
a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as
his bond; that character — not wealth or power or
position — is of supreme worth.
I believe that the rendering
of useful service is the common duty of mankind and
that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the
dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of
the human soul set free.
I believe in an all-wise and
all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the
individual’s highest fulfillment, greatest
happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in
living in harmony with His will.
I believe that love is the
greatest thing in the world; that it alone can
overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over