Thomas Jefferson quote

"Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin... finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves... down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony."

Thomas Jefferson

Born: April 13, 1743

Die: July 4, 1826

Occupation: 3rd U.S. President

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The relations which exist between man and his Maker, and the duties resulting from those relations, are the most interesting and important to every human being and the most incumbent on his study and investigation.

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The executive, in our government is not the sole, it is scarcely the principle, object of my jealousy. The tyranny of the legislature is the most formidable dread at present and will be for many years....

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The spirit of 1776 is not dead. It has only been slumbering. The body of the American people is substantially republican. But their virtuous feelings have been played on by some fact with more fiction;...

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When virtue is banished, ambition invades the minds of those who are disposed to receive it, and avarice possesses the whole community. The objects of their desires are changed; what they were fond of...

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The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.

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I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

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All men are created equal.

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I learn with great concern that [one] portion of our frontier so interesting, so important, and so exposed, should be so entirely unprovided with common fire-arms. I did not suppose any part of the United...

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Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity

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Good wine is a necessity of life for me.

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I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations - to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements under all circumstances, to be open and generous, promoting in the long run even the interests...

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Our attachment to no nation on earth should supplant our attachment to liberty.

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I sincerely wish you may find it convenient to come here. the pleasure of the trip will be less than you expect, but the utility greater. it will make you adore your own country, it's soil, it's climate,...

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The liberty of the whole earth was depending on the issue of the contest, and was ever such a prize won with so little innocent blood?

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Being myself a warm zealot for the attainment & enjoiment by all mankind of as much liberty as each may exercise without injury to the equal liberty of his fellow citizens, I have lamented that in France...

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This ball of liberty, I believe most piously, is now so well in motion that it will roll round the globe. at least the enlightened part of it, for light & liberty go together.

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We owe gratitude to France, justice to England, good will to all, and subservience to none ... it was by the sober sense of our citizens that we were safely and steadily conducted from monarchy to republicanism,...

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The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. we ought, for so dear a stake, to sacrifice every attachment & every enmity.

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It's only merit was in being the first publication which carried the claim of our rights their whole length, and asserted that there was no rightful link of connection between us and England but that of...

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The cement of this union is in the heart blood of every American. I do not believe there is on earth a government established on so immovable a basis.

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I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that not as an aliment, so much as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principal diet.

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I never before knew the full value of trees....What would I not give that the trees planted nearest round the house at Monticello were full grown.

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As new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.

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Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.

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Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.

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The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster cruel vengeful and capricious. If one wishes...

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But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.

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Such is the moral construction of the world that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run... Were present oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own countries the...

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It is comfortable to see the standard of reason at length erected, after so many ages, during which the human mind has been held in vassalage by kings, priests, and nobles; and it is honorable for us to...

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Do not be too severe upon the errors of the people, but reclaim them by enlightening them.

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Thomas Jefferson

never trust a man who won't accept that there is more than one way to spell a word Paraphrased

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If by religion we are to understand sectarian dogmas, in which no two of them agree, then your exclamation on that hypothesis is just, "that this would be the best of worlds if there were no religion in...

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I am a sect by myself, as far as I know.

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We are afraid of the known and afraid of the unknown. That is our daily life and in that there is no hope, and therefore every form of philosophy, every form of theological concept, is merely an escape...

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The care of every man's soul belongs to himself. But what if he neglect the care of it? Well what if he neglect the care of his health or his estate, which would more nearly relate to the state. Will the...

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On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit of the debates, and instead of trying what meaning...

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Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit,...

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It is an axiom in my mind that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that too of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This it is the business of the state...

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I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened,...

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No generation has a right to contract debts greater than can be paid off during the course of its own existence.

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The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend to all the happiness of man.

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Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern which have come under my observation, none appears to me so pure as that of Jesus....I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines...

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Of all exercises, walking is the best.

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I have examined all of the known superstitions of the world and i do not find our superstitions of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all founded on fables and mythology. Christianity has made...

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All we can do is to make the best of our friends, love and cherish what is good in them, and keep out of the way what is bad.

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Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...

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The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.

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A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.

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He, who steadily observes those moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven as to the dogmas in which they all differ.

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A room without books is like a life without meaning.

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Thomas Jefferson asked himself “In what country on earth would you rather live ” He first answered “Certainly in my own where are all my friends my relations and the earliest and sweetest affections...

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Honesty is the first chapter in the Book of wisdom. Let it be our endeavor to merit the character of a just nation.

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No instance exists of a person's writing two language perfectly. That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth.

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Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.

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A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many.

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The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us.

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The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.

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I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

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When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.

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Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have remover their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated...

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I hold the precepts of Jesus as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have ever been preached to man...

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A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax... laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize.

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Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace

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A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the highest virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in...

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I can scarcely contemplate a more incalculable evil than the breaking of the Union into two or more parts.

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Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an...

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We shall divert through our own Country a branch of commerce which the European States have thought worthy of the most important struggles and sacrifices, and in the event of peace on terms which have...

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I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms are in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments...

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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,...

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The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time.

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I agree with you that it is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities, which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country.

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I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent...

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,...

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Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens...are a departure from the plan of the holy Author of our religion...No man shall be compelled...

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But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have been called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.

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I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.

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The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all...

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Some other natural rights... [have] not yet entered into any declaration of rights.

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The authors of the gospels were unlettered and ignorant men and the teachings of Jesus have come to us mutilated, misstated and unintelligible.

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Man [is] a rational animal, endowed by nature with rights and with an innate sense of justice.

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If [God] has made it a law in the nature of man to pursue his own happiness, He has left him free in the choice of place as well as mode, and we may safely call on the whole body of English jurists to...

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The evidence of [the] natural right [of expatriation], like that of our right to life, liberty, the use of our faculties, the pursuit of happiness, is not left to the feeble and sophistical investigations...

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That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone.

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The Giver of life gave it for happiness and not for wretchedness.

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I sincerely pray that all the members of the human family may, in the time prescribed by the Father of us all, find themselves securely established in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and happiness.

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An equal application of law to every condition of man is fundamental.

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Of distinction by birth or badge, [Americans] had no more idea than they had of the mode of existence in the moon or planets. They had heard only that there were such, and knew that they must be wrong.

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Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin... finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain...

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What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals.

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To unequal privileges among members of the same society the spirit of our nation is, with one accord, adverse.

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The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.

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The principles on which we engaged, of which the charter of our independence is the record, were sanctioned by the laws of our being, and we but obeyed them in pursuing undeviatingly the course they called...

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Questions of natural right are triable by their conformity with the moral sense and reason of man.

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It is a principle that the right to a thing gives a right to the means without which it could not be used, that is to say, that the means follow their end.

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The right to use a thing comprehends a right to the means necessary to its use, and without which it would be useless.

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I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

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Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

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The idea is quite unfounded that on entering into society we give up any natural rights.

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It can never be too often repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest, and ourselves united.

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Circumstances sometimes require, that rights the most unquestionable should be advanced with delicacy.

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All... natural rights may be abridged or modified in [their] exercise by law.

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It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all.

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Laws abridging the natural right of the citizen should be restrained by rigorous constructions within their narrowest limits.

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If we are made in some degree for others, yet in a greater are we made for ourselves. It were contrary to feeling and indeed ridiculous to suppose that a man had less rights in himself than one of his...

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No one has a right to obstruct another exercising his faculties innocently for the relief of sensibilities made a part of his nature.

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Our rulers can have authority over such natural rights only as we have submitted to them.

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The equal rights of man and the happiness of every individual are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.

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I may err in my measures, but never shall deflect from the intention to fortify the public liberty by every possible means, and to put it out of the power of the few to riot on the labors of the many.

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The true fountains of evidence [are] the head and heart of every rational and honest man. It is there nature has written her moral laws, and where every man may read them for himself.

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God has formed us moral agents... that we may promote the happiness of those with whom He has placed us in society, by acting honestly towards all, benevolently to those who fall within our way, respecting...

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I believe that justice is instinct and innate, that the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as that of feeling, seeing, or hearing; as a wise Creator must have seen to be necessary in an...

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Nature [has] implanted in our breasts a love of others, a sense of duty to them, a moral instinct, in short, which prompts us irresistibly to feel and to succor their distresses.

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Men are disposed to live honestly, if the means of doing so are open to them.

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Our part is to pursue with steadiness what is right, turning neither to right nor left for the intrigues or popular delusions of the day, assured that the public approbation will in the end be with us.

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When we come to the moral principles on which the government is to be administered, we come to what is proper for all conditions of society. Liberty, truth, probity, honor, are declared to be the four...

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Principle will, in... most... cases open the way for us to correct conclusion.

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I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.

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The human character, we believe, requires in general constant and immediate control to prevent its being biased from right by the seductions of self-love.

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In every government on earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of corruption and degeneracy, which cunning will discover, and wickedness insensibly open, cultivate and improve.

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It is rare that the public sentiment decides immorally or unwisely, and the individual who differs from it ought to distrust and examine well his own opinion.

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Those characters wherein fear predominates over hope may apprehend too much from...instances of irregularity. They may conclude too hastily that nature has formed man insusceptible of any other government...

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Lay down true principles and adhere to them inflexibly. Do not be frightened into their surrender by the alarms of the timid, or the croakings of wealth against the ascendency of the people.

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It is unfortunate that the efforts of mankind to recover the freedom of which they have been so long deprived, will be accompanied with violence, with errors, and even with crimes. But while we weep over...

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All power is inherent in the people.

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It is a happy circumstance in human affairs that evils which are not cured in one way will cure themselves in some other.

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From the nature of things, every society must at all times possess within itself the sovereign powers of legislation.

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The mass of the citizens is the safest depositary of their own rights.

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Democrats consider the people as the safest depository of power in the last resort; they cherish them, therefore, and wish to leave in them all the powers to the exercise of which they are competent.

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Aristocrats fear the people, and wish to transfer all power to the higher classes of society.

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No government can continue good, but under the control of the people.

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The people, especially when moderately instructed, are the only safe, because the only honest, depositaries of the public rights, and should therefore be introduced into the administration of them in every...

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There is... an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provision should be made...

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No other depositories of power [but the people themselves] have ever yet been found, which did not end in converting to their own profit the earnings of those committed to their charge.

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Experience has proved to us that a dollar of silver disappears for every dollar of paper emitted.

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Specie [gold and silver coin] is the most perfect medium because it will preserve its own level; because, having intrinsic and universal value, it can never die in our hands, and it is the surest resource...

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Paper is poverty, it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.

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It is a [disputed] question, whether the circulation of paper, rather than of specie [gold and silver coin], is a good or an evil I believe it to be one of those cases where mercantile clamor will bear...

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The trifling economy of paper, as a cheaper medium, or its convenience for transmission, weighs nothing in opposition to the advantages of the precious metals it is liable to be abused, has been, is, and...

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Scenes are now to take place as will open the eyes of credulity and of insanity itself, to the dangers of a paper medium abandoned to the discretion of avarice and of swindlers.

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That paper money has some advantages is admitted. But that its abuses also are inevitable and, by breaking up the measure of value, makes a lottery of all private property, cannot be denied.

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Private fortunes, in the present state of our circulation, are at the mercy of those self-created money lenders, and are prostrated by the floods of nominal money with which their avarice deluges us.

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All the capital employed in paper speculation is barren and useless, producing, like that on a gaming table, no accession to itself, and is withdrawn from commerce and agriculture where it would have produced...

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It is a cruel thought, that, when we feel ourselves standing on the firmest ground in every respect, the cursed arts of our secret enemies, combining with other causes, should effect, by depreciating our...

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The monopoly of a single bank is certainly an evil. The multiplication of them was intended to cure it; but it multiplied an influence of the same character with the first, and completed the supplanting...

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The system of banking have[for]ever reprobated. I contemplate it as a blot left in all our Constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction, which is already hit by the gamblers in...

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We must use a good deal of economy in our wood, never cutting down new, where we can make the old do.

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The general desire of men to live by their heads rather than their hands, and the strong allurements of great cities to those who have any turn for dissipation, threaten to make them here, as in Europe,...

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How sublime to look down on the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder, all fabricated at our feet!

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Those who don’t read the newspapers are better off than those who do insofar as those who know nothing are better off than those whose heads are filled with half-truths and lies.

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When earth is rich it bids defiance to droughts, yields in abundance and of the best quality.

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And Botany I rank with the most valuable sciences, whether we consider its subjects as furnishing the principal subsistence of life to man and beast, delicious varieties for our tables, refreshments from...

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I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden....

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The general (federal) government will tend to monarchy, which will fortify itself from day to day, instead of working its own cures.

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Our tenet ever was . . . that Congress had not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but were restrained to those specifically enumerated; and that, as it was never meant that they should...

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The law of self-preservation is higher than written law.

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But, you may ask, if the two departments [i.e., federal and state] should claim each the same subject of power, where is the common umpire to decide ultimately between them? In cases of little importance...

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Action will delineate and define you.

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But the Chief Justice says, 'There must be an ultimate arbiter somewhere.' True, there must; but does that prove it is either party? The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union, assembled by their...

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The question whether the judges are invested with exclusive authority to decide on the constitutionality of a law has been heretofore a subject of consideration with me in the exercise of official duties....

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Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone.

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It is every Americans' right and obligation to read and interpret the Constitution for himself.

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I had rather ask an enlargement of power from the nation, where it is found necessary, than to assume it by a construction which would make our powers boundless.

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Above all things, lose no occasion of exercising your dispositions to be grateful, to be generous, to be charitable, to be humane, to be true, just, firm, orderly, courageous, etc. Consider every act of...

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Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. ... With hearts fortified ... we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare that... we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverence,...

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Thomas Jefferson

The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor I.

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Thomas Jefferson

Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and importers led by Paul, the first great corrupter of the teaching of Jesus.

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Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself.

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I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old.

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Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to our god alone. I enquire after no man's and trouble none with mine; nor is it given to us in this life to know whether yours or...

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On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally's cellar.

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Thomas Jefferson

Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils of misgovernment.

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Thomas Jefferson

If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed,

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Thomas Jefferson

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every generation needs a new revolution.

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Thomas Jefferson

The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exlusions, and incapacitations are removed.

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Thomas Jefferson

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.

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Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge is power...knowled ge is safety...knowle dge is happiness.

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Thomas Jefferson

Equal rights for all, special privileges for none

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Thomas Jefferson

The ordinary affairs of a nation offer little difficulty to a person of any experience.

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Thomas Jefferson

Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.

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Thomas Jefferson

I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.

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Never suppose that in any possible situation or under any circumstances that it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing however slightly so it may appear to you... Encourage all your virtuous dispositions,...

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Though you cannot see, when you take one step, what will be the next, yet follow truth, justice, and plain dealing, and never fear their leading you out of [any difficult situation] in the easiest manner...

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The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind.

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I am sure that in estimating every man's value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second.

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I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.

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Agriculture is at the same time the most tranquil, healthy, and independent occupation.

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Thomas Jefferson

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.

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Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends

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Man was destined for society. His morality, therefore, was to be formed to this object. He was endowed with a sense of right and wrong merely relative to this. This sense is as much a part of his nature,...

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An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.

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Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.

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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them. ... Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself. ... The boisterous...

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Thomas Jefferson

In a government bottomed on the will of all, the... liberty of every individual citizen becomes interesting to all.

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Thomas Jefferson

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.

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Thomas Jefferson

Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.

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Thomas Jefferson

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.

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Thomas Jefferson

Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke's argument.

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Thomas Jefferson

Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence. So shall the life into which...

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Thomas Jefferson

Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of person under protection of habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected, these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before...

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Thomas Jefferson

In every country where man is free to think and to speak, difference of opinion will arise from difference of perception, and the imperfection of reason; but these differences, when permitted, as in this...

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Thomas Jefferson

When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable....

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Thomas Jefferson

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

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Thomas Jefferson

Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it is what...

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Thomas Jefferson

Neither believe nor reject any thing because any other person, or description of persons have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven...

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Thomas Jefferson

From candlelight to early bedtime, I read.

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Thomas Jefferson

Health is worth more than learning.

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Thomas Jefferson

Is it less dishonest to do what is wrong because it is not expressly prohibited by written law? Let us hope our moral principles are not yet in that stage of degeneracy.

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Thomas Jefferson

Morals were too essential to the happiness of man, to be risked on the uncertain combinations of the head. Nature laid their foundation, therefore, in sentiment, not in science.

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Thomas Jefferson

Self-interest, or rather self-love, or egoism, has been more plausibly substituted as the basis of morality.

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Thomas Jefferson

The juries are our judges of all fact, and of law when they choose it.

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Thomas Jefferson

No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity

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Thomas Jefferson

Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality

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Thomas Jefferson

Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven, and you are answerable for, not the rightness, but the uprightness of the decision

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Thomas Jefferson

Honesty, disinterestedness and good nature are indispensable to procure the esteem and confidence of those with whom we live, and on whose esteem our happiness depends.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have great confidence in the common sense of mankind in general.

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Thomas Jefferson

Good humor is one of the preservatives of our peace and tranquility.

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Thomas Jefferson

In matters of principal stand like a rock.

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Thomas Jefferson

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance

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Thomas Jefferson

Man is fed with fables through life, and leaves it in the belief he knows something of what has been passing, when in truth he knows nothing but what has passed under his own eyes.

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Thomas Jefferson

My affections were first for my own country, then, generally, for all mankind

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Thomas Jefferson

Health is the requisite after morality

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Thomas Jefferson

Never put off your massage until tomorrow if you can get it today.

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Thomas Jefferson

Gaming corrupts our disposition and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind.

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Thomas Jefferson

The merchant has no country .

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Thomas Jefferson

Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!

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Thomas Jefferson

Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise.

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Thomas Jefferson

If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.

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Thomas Jefferson

With your talents and industry, with science, and that steadfast honesty which eternally pursues right, regardless of consequences, you may promise yourself every thing-but health, without which there...

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Thomas Jefferson

We should talk over the lessons of the day, or lose them in Music, Chess, or the merriments of our family companions.

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Thomas Jefferson

The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.

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Thomas Jefferson

The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being

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Thomas Jefferson

If it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief...

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Thomas Jefferson

If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else.

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Thomas Jefferson

Never use two words when one will do.

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Thomas Jefferson

This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, not tolerate error as long as reason is left free to combat...

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Thomas Jefferson

The soil is the gift of God to the living.

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Thomas Jefferson

I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article...

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Thomas Jefferson

We often repent of what we have said, but never, never, of that which we have not.

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Thomas Jefferson

Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics.

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Thomas Jefferson

We have already given in example one effectual check to the dog of war by transferring the power of letting him loose from the Executive to the Legislative body

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Thomas Jefferson

Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the...

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Thomas Jefferson

The people are the ultimate guardians of their own liberties. In every government on earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of corruption and degeneracy . . . Every government degenerates when...

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Thomas Jefferson

A little rebellion is a good thing.

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Thomas Jefferson

A strong body makes the mind strong.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.

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Thomas Jefferson

The firmness with which the (American) people have withstood the... abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything...

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Thomas Jefferson

What justice would there be to take this life? Justice, gentlemen? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this.

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Thomas Jefferson

Easter was when they nailed Him to the cross. And He never said a mumbling word.

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Thomas Jefferson

It look like the lord just work for wite folks cause ever sens i wasn nothin but a litle boy i been on my on haulin water to the fiel on that ol water cart wit all them dime bukets an that dipper just...

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Thomas Jefferson

I don't want them to kill no hog . . . . I want a man to go to that chair, on his own two feet.

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Thomas Jefferson

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.

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Thomas Jefferson

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.

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Thomas Jefferson

Music...This is the favorite passion of my soul.

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Thomas Jefferson

While the farmer holds the title to the land, actually, it belongs to all the people because civilization itself rests upon the soil.

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Thomas Jefferson

On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarrelling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions...

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Thomas Jefferson

The Christian god is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust.

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Thomas Jefferson

Planting is one of my great amusements, and even of those things which can only be for posterity, for a Septuagenary has no right to count on any thing but annuals.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.

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Thomas Jefferson

Do not neglect your music. It will be a companion which will sweeten many hours of life to you....

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Thomas Jefferson

The art of life is the art of avoiding pain.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living and that one generation has no more right to bind another to it's laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right...

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Thomas Jefferson

Resolved ... that it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism —...

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Thomas Jefferson

It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the...

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Thomas Jefferson

The greatest calamity which could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers.

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Thomas Jefferson

I consider the doctrines of Jesus as delivered by himself to contain the outlines of the sublimest system of morality that has ever been taught but I hold in the most profound detestation and execration...

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Thomas Jefferson

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.

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Thomas Jefferson

If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.

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Thomas Jefferson

Man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.

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Thomas Jefferson

Doubts and jealousies often beget the facts they fear.

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Thomas Jefferson

Coffee - the favorite drink of the civilized world.

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Thomas Jefferson

The wise know too well their weakness to assume infallibility; and he who knows most knows best how little he knows.

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Thomas Jefferson

Take things always by their smooth handle.

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Thomas Jefferson

The possession of facts is knowledge; the use of them is wisdom.

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Thomas Jefferson

If ever we are constrained to lift the hatchet against any tribe, we will never lay it down till that tribe is exterminated, or driven beyond the Mississippi... in war, they will kill some of us; we shall...

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Thomas Jefferson

It may be regarded as certain that not a foot of land will ever be taken from the Indians without their own consent.

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Thomas Jefferson

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle grateful that they are not worse rather than the rough handle, bitter that they are not better.

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Thomas Jefferson

Everything yields to diligence.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.

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Thomas Jefferson

We might have been a free and great people together.

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Thomas Jefferson

There is on the globe one single spot, the possessor of which is our natural and habitual enemy. It is New Orleans, through which the produce of three-eighths of our territory must pass to market, and...

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Thomas Jefferson

From breakfast, or noon at the latest, to dinner, I am mostly on horseback, Attending to My Farm or other concerns, which I find healthful to my body, mind, and affairs.

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Thomas Jefferson

Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling; for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.

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Thomas Jefferson

The same political parties which now agitiate the US have existed through all time. And in fact the terms of whig and tory belong to natural as well as to civil history. They denote the temper and constitution...

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Thomas Jefferson

...We are all Federalists,and we are all Republicans.

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Thomas Jefferson

no people can be both ignorant and free.

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Thomas Jefferson

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

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Thomas Jefferson

And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and libraries of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have come to a resolution myself as I hope every good citizen will, never again to purchase any article of foreign manufacture which can be had of American make, be the difference of price what it may.

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Thomas Jefferson

Now I will avow, that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty...

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Thomas Jefferson

SIR,-Your letter of February the 18th came to hand on the 1st instant; and the request of the history of my physical habits would have puzzled me not a little, had it not been for the model with which...

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Thomas Jefferson

The first object of human association [is] the full improvement of their condition.

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Thomas Jefferson

The only orthodox object of the institution of government is to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible to the general mass of those associated under it.

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Thomas Jefferson

It will be said that great societies cannot exist without government.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that [a society without government, as among our Indians] is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population.

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Thomas Jefferson

The excellence of every government is its adaptation to the state of those to be governed by it.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every society has a right to fix the fundamental principles of its association, and to say to all individuals, that if they contemplate pursuits beyond the limits of these principles and involving dangers...

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Thomas Jefferson

Every people may establish what form of government they please, and change it as they please, the will of the nation being the only thing essential.

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Thomas Jefferson

The provisions we have made [for our government] are such as please ourselves; they answer the substantial purposes of government and of justice, and other purposes than these should not be answered.

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Thomas Jefferson

The right of self-government does not comprehend the government of others.

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Thomas Jefferson

To constrain the brute force of the people, the European governments deem it necessary to keep them down by hard labor, poverty and ignorance, and to take from them, as from bees, so much of their earnings,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Government as well as religion has furnished its schisms, its persecutions and its devices for fattening idleness on the earnings of the people.

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Thomas Jefferson

Anarchy [is] necessarily consequent to inefficiency.

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Thomas Jefferson

We are now vibrating between too much and too little government, and the pendulum will rest finally in the middle.

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Thomas Jefferson

We exist, and are quoted, as standing proofs that a government, so modeled as to rest continually on the will of the whole society, is a practicable government.

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Thomas Jefferson

A noiseless course, not meddling with the affairs of others, unattractive of notice, is a mark that society is going on in happiness. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people...

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Thomas Jefferson

I hope that we have not labored in vain, and that our experiment will still prove that men can be governed by reason.

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Thomas Jefferson

Truth and reason are eternal. They have prevailed. And they will eternally prevail; however, in times and places they may be overborne for a while by violence, military, civil, or ecclesiastical.

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Thomas Jefferson

Truth will do well enough if left to shift for herself. She seldom has received much aid from the power of great men to whom she is rarely known and seldom welcome. She has no need of force to procure...

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Thomas Jefferson

Everyone must act according to the dictates of his own reason.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have so much confidence in the good sense of man, and his qualifications for self-government, that I am never afraid of the issue where reason is left free to exert her force.

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Thomas Jefferson

Ignorance and bigotry, like other insanities, are incapable of self-government.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every man's reason is his own rightful umpire. This principle, with that of acquiescence in the will of the majority, will preserve us free and prosperous as long as they are sacredly observed.

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Thomas Jefferson

I hold it certain that to open the doors of truth and to fortify the habit of testing everything by reason are the most effectual manacles we can rivet on the hands of our successors to prevent their manacling...

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Thomas Jefferson

If virtuous, the government need not fear the fair operation of attack and defense. Nature has given to man no other means of sifting the truth, either in religion, law, or politics.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am not myself apt to be alarmed at innovations recommended by reason. That dread belongs to those whose interests or prejudices shrink from the advance of truth and science.

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Thomas Jefferson

Where thought is free in its range, we need never fear to hazard what is good in itself.

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Thomas Jefferson

Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth; and I am sure...we both value too much the freedom of opinion sanctioned by our Constitution, not to cherish its exercise even where in opposition...

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Thomas Jefferson

The opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction.

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Thomas Jefferson

We ought not to schismatize on either men or measures. Principles alone can justify that.

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Thomas Jefferson

I see the necessity of sacrificing our opinions sometimes to the opinions of others for the sake of harmony.

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Thomas Jefferson

He alone who walks strict and upright, and who, in matters of opinion, will be contented that others should be as free as himself and acquiesce when his opinion is freely overruled, will attain his object...

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Thomas Jefferson

With the same honest views, the most honest men often form different conclusions.

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Thomas Jefferson

A government held together by the bands of reason only, requires much compromise of opinion.

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Thomas Jefferson

Nothing but good can result from an exchange of information and opinions between those whose circumstances and morals admit no doubt of the integrity of their views.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every man has a commission to admonish, exhort, convince another of error.

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Thomas Jefferson

The Gothic idea that we were to look backwards instead of forwards for the improvement of the human mind, and to recur to the annals of our ancestors for what is most perfect in government, in religion...

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Thomas Jefferson

If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.

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Thomas Jefferson

Error indeed has often prevailed by the assistance of power or force. Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error.

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Thomas Jefferson

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error... They are the natural enemies of error, and of error only... If [free enquiry] be restrained now, the present corruptions will be protected,...

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Thomas Jefferson

By oft repeating an untruth, men come to believe it themselves.

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Thomas Jefferson

If we suffer ourselves to be frightened from our post by mere lying, surely the enemy will use that weapon; for what one so cheap to those of whose system of politics morality makes no part?

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Thomas Jefferson

Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing...

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Thomas Jefferson

Truth between candid minds can never do harm.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have learned to be less confident in the conclusions of human reason, and give more credit to the honesty of contrary opinions.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is surely time for men to think for themselves, and to throw off the authority of names so artificially magnified.

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Thomas Jefferson

In every free and deliberating society, there must, from the nature of man, be opposite parties, and violent dissensions and discords; and one of these, for the most part, must prevail over the other for...

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Thomas Jefferson

Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify...

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Thomas Jefferson

The division into whig and tory is founded in the nature of men; the weakly and nerveless, the rich and the corrupt, seeing more safety and accessibility in a strong executive; the healthy, firm, and...

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Thomas Jefferson

To me... it appears that there have been differences of opinion and party differences, from the first establishment of government to the present day, and on the same question which now divides our own...

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Thomas Jefferson

Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two sides to every question, and taking one with decision, and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile...

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Thomas Jefferson

The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every man, and every body of men on earth, possesses the right of self-government. They receive it with their being from the hand of nature. Individuals exercise it by their single will; collections of...

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Thomas Jefferson

I have sworn upon the altar of God Eternal, hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man", "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind...

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Thomas Jefferson

All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view. The palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with...

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Thomas Jefferson

I set out on this ground which I suppose to be self-evident, that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living. . . . We seem not to perceive that, by the law of nature, one generation is to another as...

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Thomas Jefferson

To make us one nation as to foreign concerns, and keep us distinct in Domestic ones gives the outline of the proper division of powers between the general [national] and particular [state] governments.

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Thomas Jefferson

The issue for patents for new discovers has given a spring to invention beyond my conception.

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Thomas Jefferson

No society can make a perpetual constitution... The earth belongs always to the living generation.

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Thomas Jefferson

The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.

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Thomas Jefferson

When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality.

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Thomas Jefferson

Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

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Thomas Jefferson

Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both in proportion as it is free.

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Thomas Jefferson

A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.

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Thomas Jefferson

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.

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Thomas Jefferson

The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty.

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Thomas Jefferson

But under the beaming, constant and almost vertical sun of Virginia, shade is our Elysium. In the absence of this no beauty of the eye can be enjoyed.

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Thomas Jefferson

Take more pleasure in giving what is best to another than in having it for yourself, and then all the world will love you.

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Thomas Jefferson

The moral sense, or conscience, is as much part of a man as his leg or arm. It is given to all in a stronger or weaker degree.. It may be strengthened by exercise.

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Thomas Jefferson

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.

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Thomas Jefferson

Travelling is good for your health and necessary for your amusement.

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Thomas Jefferson

For if one link in nature's chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal.

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Thomas Jefferson

Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

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Thomas Jefferson

I love peace, and am anxious that we should give the world still another useful lesson, by showing to them other modes of punishing injuries than by war, which is as much a punishment to the punisher as...

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Thomas Jefferson

War has been avoided from a due sense of the miseries, and the demoralization it produces, and of the superior blessings of a state of peace and friendship with all mankind.

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Thomas Jefferson

I value peace, and I should unwillingly see any event take place which would render war a necessary resource.

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Thomas Jefferson

Believing that the happiness of mankind is best promoted by the useful pursuits of peace, that on these alone a stable prosperity can be founded, that the evils of war are great in their endurance, and...

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Thomas Jefferson

I do not believe war the most certain means of enforcing principles. Those peaceable coercions which are in the power of every nation, if undertaken in concert and in time of peace, are more likely to...

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Thomas Jefferson

We love and we value peace; we know its blessings from experience. We abhor the follies of war, and are not untried in its distresses and calamities.

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Thomas Jefferson

The evils which of necessity encompass the life of man are sufficiently numerous. Why should we add to them by voluntarily distressing and destroying one another? Peace, brothers, is better than war. In...

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Thomas Jefferson

Born in the same land, we ought to live as brothers, doing to each other all the good we can, and not listening to wicked men, who may endeavor to make us enemies. By living in peace, we can help and prosper...

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Thomas Jefferson

One war, such as that of our Revolution, is enough for one life.

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Thomas Jefferson

I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man's milk and restorative cordial.

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Thomas Jefferson

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.

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Thomas Jefferson

To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Music furnishes a delightful recreation for the hours of respite from the cares of the day, and lasts us through life.

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Thomas Jefferson

Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government. Public servants at such a distance, and from under the eye of their constituents, must, from the circumstance of distance,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.

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Thomas Jefferson

Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.

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Thomas Jefferson

A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity that ever were written.

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Thomas Jefferson

Where strictness of grammar does not weaken expression, it should be attended to. . . . But where, by small grammatical negligences, the energy of an idea is condensed, or a word stands for a sentence,...

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Thomas Jefferson

A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

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Thomas Jefferson

The man who would choose security over freedom deserves neither.

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Thomas Jefferson

No nation is drunken where wine is cheap.

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Thomas Jefferson

Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.

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Thomas Jefferson

The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and...

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Thomas Jefferson

The Bible makes the best people in the world.

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Thomas Jefferson

If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now...

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Thomas Jefferson

The selfish spirit of commerce, which knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others... An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his...

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Thomas Jefferson

None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army

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Thomas Jefferson

A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities...

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Thomas Jefferson

To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language.

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Thomas Jefferson

By a declaration of rights, I mean one which shall stipulate freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce against monopolies, trial by juries in all cases, no suspensions of the habeas...

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Thomas Jefferson

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

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Thomas Jefferson

The constitutional freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights

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Thomas Jefferson

Never trouble another for what you can do yourself

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Thomas Jefferson

He wove those three threads into a talk ranging from annually spending a week at Halloween as a child collecting candy to giving candy to hundreds of children at Halloween as an adult; from childhood assistance...

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Thomas Jefferson

The constitution of the United States is the result of the collected wisdom of our country.

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Thomas Jefferson

Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

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Thomas Jefferson

There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.

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Thomas Jefferson

Political interest [can] never be separated in the long run from moral right.

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Thomas Jefferson

The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.

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Thomas Jefferson

To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will, and speak as we think, the condition...

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Thomas Jefferson

Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called...

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Thomas Jefferson

When I hear another express an opinion which is not mine, I say to myself, he has a right to his opinion, as I to mine. Why should I question it? His error does me no injury, and shall I become a Don Quixote,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act if all the world were looking at you, and act accordingly.

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Thomas Jefferson

Whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.

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Thomas Jefferson

God grant that men of principle shall be our principal men.

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Thomas Jefferson

The worst day in a man's life is when he sits down and begins thinking about how he can get something for nothing.

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Thomas Jefferson

By making this wine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt.

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Thomas Jefferson

Wine brightens the life and thinking of anyone

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Thomas Jefferson

I have ever judged of the religion of others by their lives. For it is in our lives, and not from our works, that our religion must be read.

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Thomas Jefferson

We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.

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Thomas Jefferson

Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.

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Thomas Jefferson

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states...

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Thomas Jefferson

That the enthusiasm which characterizes youth should lift its parricide hands against freedom and science would be such a monstrous phenomenon as I cannot place among possible things in this age and country.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have not observed mens honesty to increase with their riches.

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Thomas Jefferson

I should . . . prefer swallowing one incomprehensibility rather than two. It requires one effort only to admit the single incomprehensibility of matter endowed with thought, and two to believe, first...

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Thomas Jefferson

One had rather have no opinion than a false one.

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Thomas Jefferson

Are we to have a censor whose imprimatur shall say what books may be sold, and what we may buy? And who is thus to dogmatize religious opinions for our citizens? Whose foot is to be the measure to which...

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Thomas Jefferson

My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just

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Thomas Jefferson

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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Thomas Jefferson

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants;...

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Thomas Jefferson

1.Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2.Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3.Never spend your money before you have it. 4.Never buy what you do not want, because it is...

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Thomas Jefferson

Every man has two countries: his own and France.

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Thomas Jefferson

Religious leaders will always avail themselves of public ignorance for their own purpose.

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Thomas Jefferson

Question with boldness even the existence of a god.

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Thomas Jefferson

I pledge undying hostility to any government restrictions on the free minds of the people.

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Thomas Jefferson

I, place economy among the first & most important republican virtues, & public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared

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Thomas Jefferson

The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government

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Thomas Jefferson

If ever this vast country is brought under a single government, it will be one of the most extensive corruption.

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Thomas Jefferson

Cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independent citizens.

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Thomas Jefferson

The failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another.

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Thomas Jefferson

Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established...

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Thomas Jefferson

[Emigrants] will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as...

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Thomas Jefferson

The concentrating of powers in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single...

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Thomas Jefferson

The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep...

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Thomas Jefferson

I never saw an instance of one or two disputants convincing the other by argument.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.

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Thomas Jefferson

The sentiments of men are known not only by what they receive, but what they reject also.

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Thomas Jefferson

The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.

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Thomas Jefferson

If ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence.

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Thomas Jefferson

We prefer war in all cases to tribute under any form and to any people whatever.

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Thomas Jefferson

It should be our endeavor to cultivate the peace and friendship of every nation, even of that which has injured us most.

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Thomas Jefferson

Without health there is no happiness. An attention to health, then, should take the place of every other object.

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Thomas Jefferson

A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle.

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Thomas Jefferson

The purse of the people is the real seat of sensibility. Let it be drawn upon largely, and they will then listen to truths which could not excite them through any other organ.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every nation has a right to govern itself internally under what forms it pleases, and to change these forms at its own will.

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Thomas Jefferson

Nothing is more incumbent on the old than to know when they should get out of the way and relinquish to younger successors the honors they can no longer earn, and the duties they can no longer perform.

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Thomas Jefferson

Who better to so softly bind the wound of one, than she who has suffered the wound herself.

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Thomas Jefferson

A mind always employed is always happy.

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Thomas Jefferson

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

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Thomas Jefferson

Your own reason is the only oracle given to you by God.

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Thomas Jefferson

A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost...

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Thomas Jefferson

Every male citizen of the commonwealth, liable to taxes or to militia duty in any county, shall have a right to vote for representatives for that county to the legislature.

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Thomas Jefferson

Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.

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Thomas Jefferson

The elective franchise, if guarded as the ark of our safety, will peaceably dissipate all combinations to subvert a Constitution, dictated by the wisdom, and resting on the will of the people.

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Thomas Jefferson

The rational and peacable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people.

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Thomas Jefferson

What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and power into one body, no matter whether of the...

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Thomas Jefferson

I discharge every person under punishment or prosecution under the Sedition Law, because I considered, and now consider, that law to be a nullity as absolute and palpable as if Congress had ordered us...

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Thomas Jefferson

The patriot, like the Christian, must learn to bear revilings and persecutions as a part of his duty; and in proportion as the trial is severe, firmness under it becomes more requisite and praiseworthy....

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Thomas Jefferson

An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second.

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Thomas Jefferson

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be ... The People cannot be safe without information. When the press is free, and every man is able to read, all is...

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Thomas Jefferson

Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.

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Thomas Jefferson

An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It...

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Thomas Jefferson

I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude

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Thomas Jefferson

If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the latter

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Thomas Jefferson

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...

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Thomas Jefferson

I have always said that a studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.

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Thomas Jefferson

The people will not understand the importance of the Second Amendment until it is too late.

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Thomas Jefferson

The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.

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Thomas Jefferson

Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.

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Thomas Jefferson

Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness.

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Thomas Jefferson

Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.

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Thomas Jefferson

All authority belongs to the people... In questions of power let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief with chains of the Constitution.

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Thomas Jefferson

[All religious sects] dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight; and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversion of the duperies in which they live.

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Thomas Jefferson

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.... Do not be frightened from this inquiry from any...

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Thomas Jefferson

When all government ...in little as in great things... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power; it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become...

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Thomas Jefferson

Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.

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Thomas Jefferson

Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.

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Thomas Jefferson

No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.

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Thomas Jefferson

Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.

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Thomas Jefferson

I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality.

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Thomas Jefferson

A single good government is a blessing to the whole earth.

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Thomas Jefferson

The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the states are independent as to everything within themselves and united as to everything respecting foreign nations. Let the general...

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Thomas Jefferson

It is not the policy of the government in America to give aid to works of any kind. They let things take their natural course without help or impediment, which is generally the best policy.

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Thomas Jefferson

Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.

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Thomas Jefferson

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor...

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Thomas Jefferson

The dead should not rule the living

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Thomas Jefferson

Eternal Vigilance is the price of democracy.

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Thomas Jefferson

Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.

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Thomas Jefferson

Law is often the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.

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Thomas Jefferson

To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, "by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only." Yet I fear such...

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Thomas Jefferson

Our people shall be free

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Thomas Jefferson

Our bills shall not be killed.

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Thomas Jefferson

Responsibility is a tremendous engine in a free government.

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Thomas Jefferson

The hole and the patch should be commensurate.

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Thomas Jefferson

If NATURE has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea... No one possesses the less, because every other possess...

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Thomas Jefferson

New York, like London, seems to be a cloacina [toilet] of all the depravities of human nature.

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Thomas Jefferson

The people of every country are the only safe guardians of their own rights.

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Thomas Jefferson

Truth will do well enough if left to shift for herself.

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Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge indeed is a desirable, a lovely possession.

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Thomas Jefferson

Reading, reflection and time have convinced me that the interests of society require the observation of those moral precepts only in which all religions agree.

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Thomas Jefferson

Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. They are inherently independent of all but moral law.

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Thomas Jefferson

Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the statute of Virginia for religious freedom, and father of the University of Virginia.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendency of one sect over another.

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Thomas Jefferson

With nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties.

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Thomas Jefferson

Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry.

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Thomas Jefferson

We have no right to prejudice another in his civil enjoyments because he is of another church.

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Thomas Jefferson

I shall rejoin myself to my native country, with new attachments, and with exaggerated esteem for its advantages; for though there is less wealth there, there is more freedom, more ease, and less misery.

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Thomas Jefferson

The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we may safely moor; and notwithstanding the efforts of the papers to disseminate early discontents, I expect that a just, dispassionate and steady...

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Thomas Jefferson

The moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as that of feeling, seeing, or hearing.

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Thomas Jefferson

If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet, had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Haman's.

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Thomas Jefferson

Very many and very meritorious were the worthy patriots who assisted in bringing back our government to its republican tack. To preserve it in that, will require unremitting vigilance.

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Thomas Jefferson

Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains, rather than do an immoral act.

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Thomas Jefferson

I join cordially in admiring and revering the Constitution of the United States, the result of the collected wisdom of our country. That wisdom has committed to us the important task of proving by example...

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Thomas Jefferson

[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore . . . never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the...

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Thomas Jefferson

We established however some, although not all its [self-government] important principles . The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise...

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Thomas Jefferson

A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is a wise rule and should be fundamental in a government disposed to cherish its credit, and at the same time to restrain the use of it within the limits of its faculties, "never to borrow a dollar...

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Thomas Jefferson

But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more...

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Thomas Jefferson

The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.

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Thomas Jefferson

The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.

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Thomas Jefferson

I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.

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Thomas Jefferson

War is not the best engine for us to resort to; nature has given us one in our commerce, which if properly managed, will be a better instrument for obliging the interested nations of Europe to treat us...

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Thomas Jefferson

It should be our endeavor to cultivate the peace and friendship of every nation . . . . Our interest will be to throw open the doors of commerce, and to knock off all its shackles, giving perfect freedom...

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Thomas Jefferson

Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is...

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Thomas Jefferson

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen, people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.

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Thomas Jefferson

I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from...

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Thomas Jefferson

My confidence is that there will for a long time be virtue and good sense enough in our countrymen to correct abuses.

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Thomas Jefferson

The natural aristocracy I consider as the most precious gift of nature for the instruction, the trusts, and government of society. And indeed it would have been inconsistent in creation to have formed...

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Thomas Jefferson

The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body, (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow) working like gravity by night and by...

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Thomas Jefferson

It has also been a great solace to me, to believe that you are engaged in vindicating to posterity the course we have pursued for preserving to them, in all their purity, the blessings of self-government,...

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Thomas Jefferson

I had always hoped that the younger generation receiving their early impressions after the flame of liberty had been kindled in every breast . . . would have sympathized with oppression wherever found,...

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Thomas Jefferson

The fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follow that, and in its turn wretchedness and oppression.

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Thomas Jefferson

I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.

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Thomas Jefferson

Taxes should be continued by annual or biennial reeactments, because a constant hold, by the nation, of the strings of the public purse is a salutary restraint from which an honest government ought not...

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Thomas Jefferson

Taxes should be proportioned to what may be annually spared by the individual.

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Thomas Jefferson

Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands.

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Thomas Jefferson

It must be observed that our revenues are raised almost wholly on imported goods.

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Thomas Jefferson

Still less, let it be proposed that our properties within our own territories shall be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own. The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time: the...

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Thomas Jefferson

Excessive taxation . . . will carry reason & reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election.

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Thomas Jefferson

We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties, and history bears witness...

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Thomas Jefferson

I have been happy . . . in believing that . . . whatever follies we may be led into as to foreign nations, we shall never give up our Union, the last anchor of our hope, and that alone which is to prevent...

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Thomas Jefferson

Still we did not expect to be without rubs and difficulties; and we have had them. First the detention of Western posts: then the coalition of Pilnitz, outlawing our commerce with France, and the British...

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Thomas Jefferson

[I]t seems that the Cannibals of Europe are going to eat one another again. A war between Russia and Turkey is like the battle of the kite and snake; whichever destroys the other, leaves a destroyer the...

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Thomas Jefferson

I hope we shall prove how much happier for man the Quaker policy is, and that the life of the feeder is better than that of the fighter; and it is some consolation that the desolation by these maniacs...

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Thomas Jefferson

We wish the happiness and prosperity of every nation.

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Thomas Jefferson

[A] spirit of justice and friendly accomodation...is our duty and our interest to cultivate with all nations.

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Thomas Jefferson

Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

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Thomas Jefferson

I will not believe our labors are lost. I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on a steady advance.

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Thomas Jefferson

But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth. Within that,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Natural rights [are] the objects for the protection of which society is formed and municipal laws established.

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Thomas Jefferson

The Declaration of Independence . . . [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.

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Thomas Jefferson

In America, no other distinction between man and man had ever been known but that of persons in office exercising powers by authority of the laws, and private individuals. Among these last, the poorest...

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Thomas Jefferson

[The people] are in truth the only legitimate proprietors of the soil and government.

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Thomas Jefferson

The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union.

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Thomas Jefferson

Although our prospect is peace, our policy and purpose are to provide for defense by all those means to which our resources are competent.

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Thomas Jefferson

The power of making war often prevents it, and in our case would give efficacy to our desire of peace.

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Thomas Jefferson

For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead....

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Thomas Jefferson

The power of making war often prevents it.

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Thomas Jefferson

The superiority of chocolate (hot chocolate), both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain.

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Thomas Jefferson

Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.

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Thomas Jefferson

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's...

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Thomas Jefferson

I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens.

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Thomas Jefferson

...the science of calculation also is indispensable as far as the extraction of the square and cube roots: Algebra as far as the quadratic equation and the use of logarithms are often of value in ordinary...

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Thomas Jefferson

I have lived temperately....I double the doctor's recommendation of a glass and a half wine each day and even treble it with a friend.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is not by the consolidation or concentration of powers but by their distribution that good government is effected.

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Thomas Jefferson

The purpose of establishing different houses of legislation is to introduce the influence of different interests or different principles.

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Thomas Jefferson

I hope we shall . . . crush in [its] birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations.

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Thomas Jefferson

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.

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Thomas Jefferson

Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. . . . We might as well require a man to wear the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain forever...

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Thomas Jefferson

Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous. . . .

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Thomas Jefferson

It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet that the one is not three, and the three are not one.

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Thomas Jefferson

What we learn to do, we learn by doing.

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Thomas Jefferson

For themselves they fought, for themselves they conquered, and for themselves alone they have they have right to hold.

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Thomas Jefferson

The Earth is given as a common for men to labor and live in.

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Thomas Jefferson

Well, Page, I do wish the Devil had old Cooke, for I am sure I never was so tired of an old dull scoundrel in my life ... But the old-fellows say we must read to gain knowledge; and gain knowledge to make...

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Thomas Jefferson

Books may be classed from the Faculties of the mind

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Thomas Jefferson

with respect to the distribution of your time the following is what I should approve. from 8. to 10 o'clock practise music. from 10. to 1. dance one day & draw another. from 1. to 2. draw on the day you...

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Thomas Jefferson

life is of no value but as it brings gratifications. among the most valuable of these is rational society. it informs the mind, sweetens the temper, chears our spirits, and promotes health.

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Thomas Jefferson

what are the objects of an useful American education? classical knowlege, modern languages & chiefly French, Spanish, & Italian; Mathematics; Natural philosophy; Natural History; Civil History; Ethics.

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Thomas Jefferson

I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowlege among the people. no other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom, and happiness.

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Thomas Jefferson

preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people.

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Thomas Jefferson

besides the comfort of knowlege, every science is auxiliary to every other.

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Thomas Jefferson

ours are the only farmers who can read Homer

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Thomas Jefferson

music, drawing, books, invention & exercise will be so many resources to you against ennui.

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Thomas Jefferson

Travelling. ... when men of sober age travel, they gather knowlege which they may apply usefully for their country

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Thomas Jefferson

the study of the law is useful in a variety of points of view. it qualifies a man to be useful to himself, to his neighbors, & to the public.

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Thomas Jefferson

I join you therefore in branding as cowardly the idea that the human mind is incapable of further advances.

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Thomas Jefferson

the field of knolege is the common property of all mankind

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Thomas Jefferson

we defer therefore till this time twelve month to avail ourselves of the instruction of that place, and particularly of your kindness in the two branches of Botany and Natural history to which we wish...

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Thomas Jefferson

letters are not the first, but the last step in the progression from barbarism to civilisation.

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Thomas Jefferson

in the spring he will attend your botanical course. his natural turn is very strongly to the objects of your two courses of lectures, and I hope you will have reason to be contended with his capacity &...

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Thomas Jefferson

the boys of the rising generation are to be the men of the next, and the sole guardians of the principles we deliver over to them.

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Thomas Jefferson

I endeavor to keep their attention fixed on the main objects of all science, the freedom & happiness of man.

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Thomas Jefferson

no one more sincerely wishes the spread of information among mankind than I do, and none has greater confidence in it's effect towards supporting free & good government.

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Thomas Jefferson

I hope the necessity will at length be seen of establishing institutions, here as in Europe, where every branch of science, useful at this day, may be taught in it's highest degrees.

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Thomas Jefferson

for the present we may groupe the sciences into Professorships as follows, subject however to be changed according to the qualifications of the persons we may be able to engage.

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Thomas Jefferson

this interesting subject, which, if the condition of man is to be progressively ameliorated, as we fondly hope and believe, is to be the chief instrument in effecting it.

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Thomas Jefferson

this last establishment will probably be within a mile of Charlottesville, and four from Monticello, if the system should be adopted at all by our legislature who meet within a week from this time. my...

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Thomas Jefferson

A system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens, from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so will it be the latest, of all the public concerns in which...

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Thomas Jefferson

Drawing ... is an innocent & engaging amusement, often useful, and a qualification not to be neglected in one who is to become a mother & an instructor.

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Thomas Jefferson

female education ... has occupied my attention so far only as the education of my own daughters ... I thought it essential to give them a solid education which might enable them, when become mothers, to...

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Thomas Jefferson

among the values of classical learning I estimate the Luxury of reading the Greek & Roman authors in all the beauties of their originals ... I think myself more indebted to my father for this, than for...

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Thomas Jefferson

what is wanting to restore us to our station among our confederates? not more money from the people. enough has been raised by them, and appropriated to this very object. it is that it should be employed...

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Thomas Jefferson

The Petition of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Chapman Johnson, Joseph C. Cabell, James Breckenridge, John Hartwell Cocke, and Robert Taylor the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia ......

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Thomas Jefferson

I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man.

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Thomas Jefferson

the qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. they are the result of habit and long training.

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Thomas Jefferson

With earnest prayers to all my friends to cherish mutual good will, to promote harmony and conciliation, and above all things to let the love of our country soar above all minor passions, I tender you...

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Thomas Jefferson

A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.

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Thomas Jefferson

A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and to talk by the hour

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Thomas Jefferson

The moral sense is the first excellence of well-organized man.

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Thomas Jefferson

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!

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Thomas Jefferson

It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the...

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Thomas Jefferson

On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power to them? If so, how many rebellions should we...

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Thomas Jefferson

Peace, that glorious moment in time when everyone stops and reloads.

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Thomas Jefferson

The example of changing a constitution by assembling the wise men of the state, instead of assembling armies, will be worth as much to the world as the former examples we had give them. The constitution,...

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Thomas Jefferson

[The Federal Convention] is really an assembly of demigods.

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Thomas Jefferson

Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.

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Thomas Jefferson

The construction applied . . . to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power . . . ought not to be construed as themselves to give unlimited powers, nor a part...

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Thomas Jefferson

[T]he true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers. This is most safely gathered from the words, but may be sought also in extraneous circumstances provided...

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Thomas Jefferson

Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make...

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Thomas Jefferson

The Constitution on which our Union rests, shall be administered by me [as President] according to the safe and honest meaning contemplated by the plain understanding of the people of the United States...

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Thomas Jefferson

One single object . . . [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.

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Thomas Jefferson

A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.

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Thomas Jefferson

The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. They are construing our constitution...

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Thomas Jefferson

[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their, own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also...

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Thomas Jefferson

The great object of my fear is the federal judiciary. That body, like gravity, ever acting, with noiseless foot, and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step, and holding what it gains, is ingulfing...

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Thomas Jefferson

Legislators invent too many devices for subdividing property, only taking care to let their subdivisions go hand in hand with the natural affections of the human mind.

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Thomas Jefferson

We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience.

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Thomas Jefferson

The instability of our laws is really an immense evil. I think it would be well to provide in our constitutions that there shall always be a twelve-month between the ingross-ing a bill & passing it: that...

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Thomas Jefferson

During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of...

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Thomas Jefferson

Newspapers . . . serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is so difficult to draw a clear line of separation between the abuse and the wholesome use of the press, that as yet we have found it better to trust the public judgment, rather than the magistrate,...

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Thomas Jefferson

From forty years' experience of the wretched guess-work of the newspapers of what is not done in open daylight, and of their falsehood even as to that, I rarely think them worth reading, and almost never...

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Thomas Jefferson

Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those...

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Thomas Jefferson

As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers.

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Thomas Jefferson

A truth now and then projecting into the ocean of newspaper lies serves like headlands to correct our course. Indeed, my scepticism as to everything I see in a newspaper makes me indifferent whether I...

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Thomas Jefferson

He who is permitted by law to have no property of his own, can with difficulty conceive that property is founded in anything but force.

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Thomas Jefferson

When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground.

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Thomas Jefferson

Experience having long taught me the reasonableness of mutual sacrifices of opinion among those who are to act together for any common object, and the expediency of doing what good we can; when we cannot...

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Thomas Jefferson

[A]lthough a republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible.

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Thomas Jefferson

If, then, the control of the people over the organs of their government be the measure of its republicanism, and I confess I know no other measure, it must be agreed that our governments have much less...

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Thomas Jefferson

I considered 4 of these bills [of the revised code of Virginia] as forming a system by which every fibre would be eradicated of antient or future aristocracy; and a foundation laid for a government truly...

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Thomas Jefferson

[T]o preserve the republican form and principles of our Constitution and cleave to the salutary distribution of powers which that [the Constitution] has established . . . are the two sheet anchors of our...

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Thomas Jefferson

The principle of the Constitution is that of a separation of legislative, Executive and Judiciary functions, except in cases specified. If this principle be not expressed in direct terms, it is clearly...

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Thomas Jefferson

My construction of the constitution is very different from that you quote. It is that each department is truly independent of the others, and has an equal right to decide for itself what is the meaning...

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Thomas Jefferson

Government governed least is government governed best.

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Thomas Jefferson

I hold it to be one of the distinguishing excellences of elective over hereditary successions that the talents which nature has provided in sufficient proportion, should be selected by the society for...

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Thomas Jefferson

The foundation on which (our government is) built is the natural equality of man, the denial of every pre-eminence but that annexed to legal office, and particularly the denial of a pre-eminence by birth.

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Thomas Jefferson

Victory and defeat are each of the same price.

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Thomas Jefferson

That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Should [reformers] attempt more than the established habits of the people are ripe for, they may lose all and retard indefinitely the ultimate object of their aim.

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Thomas Jefferson

To be really useful, we must keep pace with the state of society, and not dishearten it by attempts at what its population, means, or occupations will fail in attempting.

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Thomas Jefferson

No one, I hope, can doubt my wish to see... all mankind exercising self-government, and capable of exercising it. But the question is not what we wish, but what is practicable.

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Thomas Jefferson

Peace with all nations, and the right which that gives us with respect to all nations, are our object.

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Thomas Jefferson

That peace, safety, and concord may be the portion of our native land, and be long enjoyed by our fellow-citizens, is the most ardent wish of my heart, and if I can be instrumental in procuring or preserving...

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Thomas Jefferson

You have not been mistaken in supposing my views and feeling to be in favor of the abolition of war. Of my dispos[i]tion to maintain peace until its condition shall be made less tolerable than that of...

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Thomas Jefferson

Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.

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Thomas Jefferson

History by apprising them [the people] of the past will enable them to judge of the future. . . . It will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men: it will enable them to know ambition...

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Thomas Jefferson

Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.

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Thomas Jefferson

Wake up, dream, have the ambition to do the things you have always dreamed of, go farther than any man has ever been before, go as far as it is possible for any man to go, what have you got to lose? Nothing...

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Thomas Jefferson

I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern.

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Thomas Jefferson

The parties of Whig and Tory are those of nature. They exist in all countries, whether called by these names or by those of Aristocrats and Democrats, Cote Droite and Cote Gauche, Ultras and Radicals,...

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Thomas Jefferson

If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

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Thomas Jefferson

Any woodsman can tell you that in a broken and sundered nest, one can hardly find more than a precious few whole eggs. So it is with the family.

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Thomas Jefferson

You know well that government always kept a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, invented and put into the papers whatever might serve...

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Thomas Jefferson

Government can do something for the people only in proportion as it can do something to the people.

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Thomas Jefferson

Bank-paper must be suppressed, and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs.

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Thomas Jefferson

The dominion which the banking institutions have obtained over the minds of our citizens...must be broken, or it will break us.

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Thomas Jefferson

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

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Thomas Jefferson

Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus.

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Thomas Jefferson

War...is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.

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Thomas Jefferson

I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.

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Thomas Jefferson

This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force.

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Thomas Jefferson

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves.

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Thomas Jefferson

They are nations of eternal war. All their energies are expended in the destruction of the labor, property, and lives of their people.

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Thomas Jefferson

But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.

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Thomas Jefferson

Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by...

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Thomas Jefferson

I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural.

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Thomas Jefferson

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.

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Thomas Jefferson

I never before knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read and receive my company.

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Thomas Jefferson

The eyes of our citizens are not sufficiently open to the true cause of our distress. They ascribe them to everything but their true cause, the banking system

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Thomas Jefferson

But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror.

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Thomas Jefferson

The only true corrective of Constitutional abuses is education.

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Thomas Jefferson

When the heart is right, the feet are swift.

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Thomas Jefferson

I served with General Washington in die Legislature of Virginia...and...with Doctor Franklin in Congress. I never heard neither of them speak ten minutes at a time, nor to any but the main point.

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Thomas Jefferson

Most men die at age 25, but aren't buried until 70.

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Thomas Jefferson

The interests of a nation, when well understood, will be found to coincide with their moral duties.

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Thomas Jefferson

The First Amendment has created a wall of separation between the church and the State. But that wall is one directional. It is to keep the government from running the Church. But it is not to keep Christian...

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Thomas Jefferson

The government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the...

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Thomas Jefferson

We act not for ourselves but for the whole human race. The event of our experiment is to show whether man can be trusted with self - government.

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Thomas Jefferson

Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making.

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Thomas Jefferson

The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.

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Thomas Jefferson

He who lights his [candle] at mine receives light without darkening me.

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Thomas Jefferson

A well informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.

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Thomas Jefferson

Men fight for freedom; then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.

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Thomas Jefferson

If I had to choose between government and a free press, I would choose a free press.

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Thomas Jefferson

Difficulties indeed sometimes arise; but common sense and honest intentions will generally steer through them.

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Thomas Jefferson

The only security of all is in a free press.

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Thomas Jefferson

The sun - my almighty physician.

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Thomas Jefferson

A properly functioning democracy depends on an informed electorate.

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Thomas Jefferson

No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage

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Thomas Jefferson

A little revolution is a good thing.

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Thomas Jefferson

I wish to see this beverage become common instead of the whiskey which kills sone-third of our citizens and ruins their families.

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Thomas Jefferson

Without books, I would certainly die.

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Thomas Jefferson

The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.

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Thomas Jefferson

Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

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Thomas Jefferson

The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, in-as-much as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehood and errors.

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Thomas Jefferson

May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.

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Thomas Jefferson

So inscrutable is the arrangement of causes and consequences in this world, that a two-penny duty on tea, unjustly imposed in a sequestered part of it, changes the condition of all its inhabitants.

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Thomas Jefferson

I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.

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Thomas Jefferson

Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself.

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Thomas Jefferson

Free men do not ask permission to bear arms

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Thomas Jefferson

We will be soldiers, so our sons may be farmers, so their sons may be artists

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Thomas Jefferson

In a republican nation whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.... Reason and persuasion are the only practicable instruments....

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Thomas Jefferson

What i value more than all things, good humor.

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Thomas Jefferson

Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindred and tongues.

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Thomas Jefferson

Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock...

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Thomas Jefferson

Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight. But the enormities of the times in which I have lived, have forced me to take a part in resisting them, and...

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Thomas Jefferson

The ocean ... like the air, is the common birth-right of mankind.

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Thomas Jefferson

The small landholders are the most precious part of a state.

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Thomas Jefferson

A free government is of all others the most energetic.

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Thomas Jefferson

Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christians.

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Thomas Jefferson

State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.

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Thomas Jefferson

Politics, like religion, hold up the torches of martyrdom to the reformers of error.

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Thomas Jefferson

The genius of architecture seems to have shed its maledictions over this land.

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Thomas Jefferson

History teaches the young the virtues of freedom. By apprising them of the past it will enable them to judge the future.

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Thomas Jefferson

Hemp is one of the greatest, most important substances of our nation

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Thomas Jefferson

An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice

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Thomas Jefferson

The Christian religion is the best religion that has ever been given to man

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Thomas Jefferson

The clergy ... believe that any portion of power confided to me [as President] will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal...

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Thomas Jefferson

Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been...

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Thomas Jefferson

I have never conceived that having been in public life required me to belie my sentiments, or to conceal them. Opinion and the just maintenance of it shall never be a crime in my view, nor bring injury...

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Thomas Jefferson

I had no idea, however, that in Pennsylvania, the cradle of toleration and freedom of religion, it [fanaticism] could have arisen to the height you describe. This must be owing to the growth of Presbyterianism....

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Thomas Jefferson

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from...

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Thomas Jefferson

To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason...

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Thomas Jefferson

The advocate of religious freedom is to expect neither peace nor forgiveness from [the clergy].

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Thomas Jefferson

The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and in-grafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man.

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Thomas Jefferson

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach...

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Thomas Jefferson

Ministers of the Gospel are excluded [from serving as Visitors of the county Elementary Schools] to avoid jealousy from the other sects, were the public education committed to the ministers of a particular...

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Thomas Jefferson

No religious reading, instruction or exercise, shall be prescribed or practiced [in the elementary schools] inconsistent with the tenets of any religious sect or denomination.

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Thomas Jefferson

We have solved, by fair experiment, the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as...

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Thomas Jefferson

In our early struggles for liberty, religious freedom could not fail to become a primary object.

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Thomas Jefferson

The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God, like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs.

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Thomas Jefferson

The whole history of these books (i.e. the Gospels) is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts...

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Thomas Jefferson

Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him (i.e. Jesus) by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much...

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Thomas Jefferson

It is between fifty and sixty years since I read it (i.e. the Book of Revelations), and I then considered it merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherence...

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Thomas Jefferson

His [Calvin's] religion was demonism. If ever man worshiped a false God, he did. The being described in his five points is ... a demon of malignant spirit. It would be more pardonable to believe in no...

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Thomas Jefferson

I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the...

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Thomas Jefferson

Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds; that Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested...

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Thomas Jefferson

[T]hat the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession...

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Thomas Jefferson

I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.

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Thomas Jefferson

The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.

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Thomas Jefferson

Among the most inestimable of our blessings is that ... of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will; a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government...

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Thomas Jefferson

The rights [to religious freedom] are of the natural rights of mankind, and ... if any act shall be ... passed to repeal [an act granting those rights] or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement...

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Thomas Jefferson

Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors? Fallible men; men governed by bad passions, by private as well as public reasons. And why subject it to coercion? To produce uniformity....

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Thomas Jefferson

The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.

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Thomas Jefferson

Certain teachings in the Bible are as diamonds in a dung-heap.

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Thomas Jefferson

Having seen the people of all other nations bowed down to the earth under the wars and prodigalities of their rulers, I have cherished their opposites, peace, economy, and riddance of public debt, believing...

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Thomas Jefferson

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

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Thomas Jefferson

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.

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Thomas Jefferson

No man will ever bring out of that office the reputation which carries him into it. The honeymoon would be as short in that case as in any other, and its moments of ecstasy would be ransomed by years of...

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Thomas Jefferson

My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war-and I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair.

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Thomas Jefferson

I never told my own religion nor scrutinized that of another. I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change another's creed. I am satisfied that yours must be an excellent religion to have...

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Thomas Jefferson

Our public credit is good, but the abundance of paper has produced a spirit of gambling in the funds, which has laid up our ships at the wharves as too slow instruments of profit, and has even disarmed...

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Thomas Jefferson

Nothing is so disgusting to our sex as want of cleanliness and delicacy in yours.

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Thomas Jefferson

Establish the eternal truth that acquiescence under insult is not the way to escape war.

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Thomas Jefferson

We must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.

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Thomas Jefferson

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

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Thomas Jefferson

If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

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Thomas Jefferson

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

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Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

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Thomas Jefferson

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.

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Thomas Jefferson

Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

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Thomas Jefferson

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

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Thomas Jefferson

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from...

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Thomas Jefferson

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

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Thomas Jefferson

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

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Thomas Jefferson

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

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Thomas Jefferson

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

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Thomas Jefferson

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games...

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Thomas Jefferson

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.

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Thomas Jefferson

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

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Thomas Jefferson

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

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Thomas Jefferson

No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.

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Thomas Jefferson

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

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Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

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Thomas Jefferson

The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.

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Thomas Jefferson

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

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Thomas Jefferson

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

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Thomas Jefferson

For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.

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Thomas Jefferson

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

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Thomas Jefferson

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.

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Thomas Jefferson

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.

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Thomas Jefferson

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's...

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Thomas Jefferson

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.

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Thomas Jefferson

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

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Thomas Jefferson

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

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Thomas Jefferson

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

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Thomas Jefferson

When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

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Thomas Jefferson

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

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Thomas Jefferson

Never spend your money before you have earned it.

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Thomas Jefferson

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

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Thomas Jefferson

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

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Thomas Jefferson

One man with courage is a majority.

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Thomas Jefferson

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

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Thomas Jefferson

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

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Thomas Jefferson

None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

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Thomas Jefferson

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

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Thomas Jefferson

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and...

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Thomas Jefferson

The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.

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Thomas Jefferson

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

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Thomas Jefferson

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

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Thomas Jefferson

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

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Thomas Jefferson

When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.

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Thomas Jefferson

One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

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Thomas Jefferson

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights,...

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Thomas Jefferson

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

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Thomas Jefferson

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.

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Thomas Jefferson

He who knows best knows how little he knows.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.

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Thomas Jefferson

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.

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Thomas Jefferson

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

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Thomas Jefferson

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.

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Thomas Jefferson

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.

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Thomas Jefferson

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.

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Thomas Jefferson

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

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Thomas Jefferson

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

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Thomas Jefferson

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

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Thomas Jefferson

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

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Thomas Jefferson

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.

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Thomas Jefferson

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.

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Thomas Jefferson

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.

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Thomas Jefferson

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.

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Thomas Jefferson

One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.

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Thomas Jefferson

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

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Thomas Jefferson

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

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Thomas Jefferson

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.

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Thomas Jefferson

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.

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Thomas Jefferson

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.

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Thomas Jefferson

I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.

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Thomas Jefferson

I cannot live without books.

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Thomas Jefferson

Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

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Thomas Jefferson

No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.

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Thomas Jefferson

Delay is preferable to error.

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Thomas Jefferson

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.

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Thomas Jefferson

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.

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Thomas Jefferson

The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.

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Thomas Jefferson

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.

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Thomas Jefferson

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.

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Thomas Jefferson

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

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Thomas Jefferson

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

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Thomas Jefferson

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.

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Thomas Jefferson

Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.

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Thomas Jefferson

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

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Thomas Jefferson

Power is not alluring to pure minds.

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Thomas Jefferson

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.

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Thomas Jefferson

There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.

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Thomas Jefferson

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.

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Thomas Jefferson

Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.

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Thomas Jefferson

Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

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Thomas Jefferson

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.

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Thomas Jefferson

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.

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Thomas Jefferson

It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

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Thomas Jefferson

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.

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Thomas Jefferson

Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.

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Thomas Jefferson

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.

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Thomas Jefferson

Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.

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Thomas Jefferson

The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.

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Thomas Jefferson

The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

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Thomas Jefferson

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

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Thomas Jefferson

Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.

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Thomas Jefferson

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.

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Thomas Jefferson

Taste cannot be controlled by law.

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Thomas Jefferson

The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.

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Thomas Jefferson

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other.

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Thomas Jefferson

Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.

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Thomas Jefferson

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.

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Thomas Jefferson

Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.

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Thomas Jefferson

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.

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Thomas Jefferson

My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.

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Thomas Jefferson

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.

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Thomas Jefferson

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.

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Thomas Jefferson

The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.

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Thomas Jefferson

I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.

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Thomas Jefferson

My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.

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Thomas Jefferson

Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.

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Thomas Jefferson

That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.

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Thomas Jefferson

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.

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Thomas Jefferson

We never repent of having eaten too little.

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Thomas Jefferson

The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.

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Thomas Jefferson

We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.

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Thomas Jefferson

I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.

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Thomas Jefferson

Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.

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Thomas Jefferson

No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.

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Thomas Jefferson

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

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Thomas Jefferson

The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.

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Thomas Jefferson

The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.

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Thomas Jefferson

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.

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Thomas Jefferson

The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.

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Thomas Jefferson

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every...

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Thomas Jefferson

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.

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Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history...

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Thomas Jefferson

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy...

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Thomas Jefferson

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired...

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Thomas Jefferson

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men,...

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Thomas Jefferson

In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease...

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Thomas Jefferson

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

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Thomas Jefferson

Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?

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Thomas Jefferson

We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.

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Thomas Jefferson

So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.

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Thomas Jefferson

In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.

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Thomas Jefferson

Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.

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Thomas Jefferson

The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children...

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Thomas Jefferson

The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense...

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Thomas Jefferson

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For not one of us, no, not one, is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfection, this world would be a desert for our love.

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Thomas Jefferson

Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call...

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Thomas Jefferson

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

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Thomas Jefferson

If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite...

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Thomas Jefferson

I like to see the people awake and alert.

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Thomas Jefferson

If some period be not fixed, either by the Constitution or by practice, to the services of the First Magistrate, his office, though nominally elective, will, in fact, be for life, and that will soon degenerate...

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Thomas Jefferson

We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.

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Thomas Jefferson

A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean

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Thomas Jefferson

Every man cannot have his way in all things. If his opinion prevails at some times, he should acquiesce on seeing that of others preponderate at other times. Without this mutual disposition we are disjointed...

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Thomas Jefferson

...in war, they will kill some of us; we shall destroy all of them

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Thomas Jefferson

Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.

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Thomas Jefferson

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance...

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Thomas Jefferson

Even in Europe a change has sensibly taken place in the mind of man. Science has liberated the ideas of those who read and reflect, and the American example has kindled feelings of right in the people....

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Thomas Jefferson

It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it...

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Thomas Jefferson

I deem it the duty of every man to devote a certain portion of his income for charitable purposes; and that it is his further duty to see it so applied and to do the most good for which it is capable.

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Thomas Jefferson

Traveling makes men wiser, but less happy.

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Thomas Jefferson

The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom.

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Thomas Jefferson

When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless...

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Thomas Jefferson

I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity...

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Thomas Jefferson

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage, with my books, my family, and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post...

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Thomas Jefferson

I prefer to be remembered for what I have done for others, not what others have done for me.

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Thomas Jefferson

To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try.

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Thomas Jefferson

No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it. To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.

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Thomas Jefferson

I wish I was a despot that I might save the noble, the beautiful trees that are daily falling sacrifice to the cupidity of their owners, or the necessity of the poor. The unnecessary felling of a tree,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them.

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Thomas Jefferson

Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give you a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honour.

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Thomas Jefferson

"It astonishes me to find... [that so many] of our countrymen... should be contented to live under a system which leaves to their governors the power of taking from them the trial by jury in civil cases,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Christian creeds and doctrines, the clergy's own fatal inventions, through all the ages has made of Christendom a slaughterhouse, and divided it into sects of inextinguishable hatred for one another.

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Thomas Jefferson

He who made us would have been a pitiful bungler, if he had made the rules of our moral conduct a matter of science. For one man of science, there are thousands who are not. What would have become of them?...

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Thomas Jefferson

Tranquility is the old man's milk.

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Thomas Jefferson

I sincerely join you in abjuring all political connection with every foreign power; and tho I cordially wish well to the progress of liberty in all nations, and would forever give it the weight of our...

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Thomas Jefferson

... legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property... Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax...

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Thomas Jefferson

Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

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Thomas Jefferson

Confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism. Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence.

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Thomas Jefferson

No nation was ever drunk when wine was cheap.

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Thomas Jefferson

I place economy among the first and most important virtues and public debt as the greatest dangers to be feared... We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between...

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Thomas Jefferson

Up until the late unpleasantness of the Civil war, then, the right of secession was more or less taken for granted in many quarters, and there has never been any amendment or even a Supreme Court decision...

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Thomas Jefferson

The public school system: "Usually a twelve year sentence of mind control. Crushing creativity, smashing individualism, encouraging collectivism and compromise, destroying the exercise of intellectual...

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Thomas Jefferson

All authority belongs to the people.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every honest man will suppose honest acts to flow from honest principles, and the rogues may rail without intermission.

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Thomas Jefferson

Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concern than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations....

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Thomas Jefferson

The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.

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Thomas Jefferson

Inspirational Quotes on: Honesty, Simplicity, Secret, Universe, Modesty, Peace Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.

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Thomas Jefferson

We believe no more in Bonaparte's fighting merely for the liberties of the seas than in Great Britain's fighting for the liberties of mankind. The object is the same, to draw to themselves the power, the...

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Thomas Jefferson

In the fevered state of our country, no good can ever result from any attempt to set one of these fiery zealots to rights, either in fact or principle. They are determined as to the facts they will believe,...

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Thomas Jefferson

This is the fourth...

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Thomas Jefferson

not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of . . . but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to...

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Thomas Jefferson

It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail.

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Thomas Jefferson

That one hundred and fifty lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected.

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Thomas Jefferson

Ignorance of the law is no excuse in any country. If it were, the laws would lose their effect, because it can always be pretended.

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Thomas Jefferson

If we cannot secure all our rights, let us secure what we can.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.

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Thomas Jefferson

Common sense is the foundation of all authorities, of the laws themselves, and of their construction.

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Thomas Jefferson

The day is not distant when we must bear and adopt [the abolition of slavery], or worse will follow.

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Thomas Jefferson

Never yet could I find that a black had uttered a thought above the level of plain narration; never saw even an elemental trait of painting or sculpture.

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Thomas Jefferson

The two principles on which our conduct towards the Indians should be founded are justice and fear. After the injuries we have done them, they cannot love us.

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Thomas Jefferson

On the subject of the history of the American Revolution, you ask who shall write it? Who can write it? And who will ever be able to write it? Nobody, except merely its external facts... all its councils,...

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Thomas Jefferson

All men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Thomas Jefferson

Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.

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Thomas Jefferson

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

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Thomas Jefferson

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the...

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Thomas Jefferson

Industry, commerce and security are the surest roads to the happiness and prosperity of people.

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Thomas Jefferson

Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.

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Thomas Jefferson

[The People] are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty.

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Thomas Jefferson

Were parties here divided merely by a greediness for office,...to take a part with either would be unworthy of a reasonable or moral man.

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Thomas Jefferson

Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (adminstrators)...

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Thomas Jefferson

A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.

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Thomas Jefferson

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.

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Thomas Jefferson

Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let...

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Thomas Jefferson

What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit...

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Thomas Jefferson

The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the functions in which he is competent ... It is by dividing and...

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Thomas Jefferson

Why suspend the habeas corpus in insurrections and rebellions? Examine the history of England. See how few of the cases of the suspension of the habeas corpus law have been worthy of that suspension. They...

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Thomas Jefferson

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

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Thomas Jefferson

A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.

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Thomas Jefferson

I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts; but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere; and less perfection in the...

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Thomas Jefferson

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.

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Thomas Jefferson

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on true free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among...

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Thomas Jefferson

The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor....

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Thomas Jefferson

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the Government at defiance. The issuing power...

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Thomas Jefferson

An individual, thinking himself injured, makes more noise than a State.

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Thomas Jefferson

In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is easier to acquire wealth...

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Thomas Jefferson

I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled...

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Thomas Jefferson

Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried.

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Thomas Jefferson

Yet the hour of emancipation is advancing ... this enterprise is for the young; for those who can follow it up, and bear it through to it's consummation. It shall have all my prayers, and these are the...

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Thomas Jefferson

[Oppose] with manly firmness [any] invasions on the rights of the people.

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Thomas Jefferson

The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,...

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Thomas Jefferson

To consider judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.

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Thomas Jefferson

When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people...

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Thomas Jefferson

A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

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Thomas Jefferson

Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us.

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Thomas Jefferson

When habit has strengthened our sense of duties, they leave us no time for other things; but when young we neglect them and this gives us time for anything.

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Thomas Jefferson

Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is better to tolerate the rare instance of a parent refusing to let his child be educated, than to shock the common feelings and ideas by forcible asportation and education of the infant against the...

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Thomas Jefferson

During the late war I had an infallible rule for deciding what Great Britain would do on every occasion. It was, to consider what they ought to do, and to take the reverse of that as what they would assuredly...

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Thomas Jefferson

One insult pocketed soon produces another.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is my disposition to maintain peace until its condition shall be made less tolerable than that of war itself.

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Thomas Jefferson

I sincerely congratulate you on the arrival of the mockingbird. Learn all the children to venerate it as a superior being in the form of a bird, or as a being which will haunt them if any harm is done...

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Thomas Jefferson

Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely gives him comfortable subsistence.

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Thomas Jefferson

Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies.

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Thomas Jefferson

The opinions and beliefs of men follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds.

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Thomas Jefferson

No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and . . . . their minds are to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and to be...

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Thomas Jefferson

The order of nature [is] that individual happiness shall be inseparable from the practice of virtue.

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Thomas Jefferson

Without virtue, happiness cannot be.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take active part in the quarrels of Europe. Their political interests are entirely distinct from ours. Their mutual jealousies, their balance...

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Thomas Jefferson

I believe the states can best govern our home concerns and the federal government our foreign ones.

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Thomas Jefferson

The future inhabitants of [both] the Atlantic and Mississippi states will be our sons. We think we see their happiness in their union, and we wish it. Events may prove otherwise; and if they see their...

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Thomas Jefferson

If there be any among us who wish to dissolve the Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed, as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason...

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Thomas Jefferson

In a republican nation whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.

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Thomas Jefferson

The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, and we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to...

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Thomas Jefferson

Dependence leads to subservience.

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Thomas Jefferson

Our legislators are not sufficiently apprized of the rightful limits of their power; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural rights and duties, and to take none of them from us.

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Thomas Jefferson

Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.

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Thomas Jefferson

A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that...

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Thomas Jefferson

‎We must make our choice between economy and liberty or confusion and servitude...If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labor and...

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Thomas Jefferson

Chemistry is yet, indeed, a mere embryon. Its principles are contested; experiments seem contradictory; their subjects are so minute as to escape our senses; and their result too fallacious to satisfy...

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Thomas Jefferson

I do not know whether you are fond of chemical reading. There are some things in this science worth reading.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have wished to see chemistry applied to domestic objects, to malting, for instance, brewing, making cider, to fermentation and distillation generally, to the making of bread, butter, cheese, soap, to...

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Thomas Jefferson

Speaking one day to Monsieur de Buffon, on the present ardor of chemical inquiry, he affected to consider chemistry but as cookery, and to place the toils of the laboratory on the footing with those of...

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Thomas Jefferson

The attempt of Lavoisier to reform chemical nomenclature is premature. One single experiment may destroy the whole filiation of his terms; and his string of sulphates, sulphites, and sulphures, may have...

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Thomas Jefferson

The contradictory experiments of chemists leave us at liberty to conclude what we please. My conclusion is, that art has not yet invented sufficient aids to enable such subtle bodies [air, light, &c.]...

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Thomas Jefferson

You have heard of the new chemical nomenclature endeavored to be introduced by Lavoisier, Fourcroy, &c. Other chemists of this country, of equal note, reject it, and prove in my opinion that it is premature,...

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Thomas Jefferson

To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.

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Thomas Jefferson

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always...

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Thomas Jefferson

Freedom, the first-born of science.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

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Thomas Jefferson

The genuine and simple religion of Jesus will one day be restored: such as it was preached and practiced by Himself.

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Thomas Jefferson

It be urged that the wild and uncultivated tree, hitherto yielding sour and bitter fruit only, can never be made to yield better; yet we know that the grafting art implants a new tree on the savage stock,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free.

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Thomas Jefferson

The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain.

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Thomas Jefferson

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever: that, considering numbers, nature, and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange...

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Thomas Jefferson

But whatever be their degree of talent it is no measure of their rights. Because Sir Isaac Newton was superior to others in understanding, he was not therefore lord of the person or property of others....

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Thomas Jefferson

We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.

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Thomas Jefferson

The abolition of domestic slavery is the great object of desire in those colonies, where it was unhappily introduced in their infant state.

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Thomas Jefferson

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it's most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery...

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Thomas Jefferson

To all of which is added a selection from the elementary schools of subjects of the most promising genius, whose parents are too poor to give them further education, to be carried at the public expense...

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Thomas Jefferson

The truth is that the want of common education with us is not from our poverty, but from the want of an orderly system. More money is now paid for the education of a part than would be paid for that of...

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Thomas Jefferson

I have been long sensible that while I was endeavoring to render our country the greatest of all services, that of regenerating the public education, and placing our rising generation on the level of our...

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Thomas Jefferson

Education is here placed among the articles of public care, not that it would be proposed to take its ordinary branches out of the hands of private enterprise, which manages so much better all the concerns...

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Thomas Jefferson

All the States but our own are sensible that knowlege is power.

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Thomas Jefferson

People generally have more feeling for canals and roads than education. However, I hope we can advance them with equal pace.

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Thomas Jefferson

The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers...

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Thomas Jefferson

The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they...

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Thomas Jefferson

Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own liberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived...

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Thomas Jefferson

There are two subjects, indeed, which I shall claim a right to further as long as I breathe: the public education, and the sub-division of counties into wards. I consider the continuance of republican...

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Thomas Jefferson

To instruct the mass of our citizens in these, their rights, interests and duties, as men and citizens...this brings us to the point at which are to commence the higher branches of education . . . . To...

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Thomas Jefferson

The objects of this primary education . . . would be . . . to form the statesmen, legislators and judges, on whom public prosperity and individual happiness are so much to depend.

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Thomas Jefferson

Students of reading, writing and common arithmetick . . . Graecian [Greek], Roman, English and American history . . . should be rendered . . . worthy to receive, and able to guard the sacred deposit of...

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Thomas Jefferson

It is (our) duty . . . to pay especial attention to the principles of government which shall be inculcated therein (at the University), and to provide that none shall be inculcated which are incompatible...

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Thomas Jefferson

A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry.

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Thomas Jefferson

Those are governed best who are governed least.

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Thomas Jefferson

The sheep are happier of themselves, than under the care of wolves.

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Thomas Jefferson

The main objects of all science, the freedom and happiness of man. . . . [are] the sole objects of all legitimate government. A plaque with this quotation, with the first phrase omitted, is in the stairwell...

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Thomas Jefferson

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens . . . There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family,...

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Thomas Jefferson

I see,... and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation...

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Thomas Jefferson

Every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact (casus non faederis) to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits. Without this right, they would...

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Thomas Jefferson

The only greater [evil] than separation... [is] living under a government of discretion.

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Thomas Jefferson

[The purpose of a written constitution is] to bind up the several branches of government by certain laws, which, when they transgress, their acts shall become nullities; to render unnecessary an appeal...

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Thomas Jefferson

The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the States are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign affairs. Let the General...

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Thomas Jefferson

I do verily believe that if the principle were to prevail of a common law being in force in the United States (which principle possesses the general government at once of all the powers of the state governments,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Convinced that the republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind, my prayers & efforts shall be cordially distributed to the support...

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Thomas Jefferson

I... [proposed] three distinct grades of education, reaching all classes. 1. Elementary schools for all children generally, rich and poor. 2. Colleges for a middle degree of instruction, calculated for...

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Thomas Jefferson

I do believe that General Washington had not a firm confidence in the durability of our government. He was naturally distrustful of men, and inclined to gloomy apprehensions; and I was ever persuaded that...

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Thomas Jefferson

We discover in the gospels a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication .

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Thomas Jefferson

No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever.

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Thomas Jefferson

... I am not afraid of priests. They have tried upon me all their various batteries of pious whining, hypocritical canting, lying and slandering. I have contemplated their order from the Magi of the East...

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Thomas Jefferson

Creeds have been the bane of the Christian church ... made of Christendom a slaughter-house.

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Thomas Jefferson

There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.

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Thomas Jefferson

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.

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Thomas Jefferson

Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the General Government.

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Thomas Jefferson

Civil officials have no business meddling in private religious affairs.

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Thomas Jefferson

I have ever judged of the religion of others by their lives... But this does not satisfy the priesthood. They must have a positive, a declared assent to all of their interested absurdities. My opinion...

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Thomas Jefferson

The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves...these clergy,...

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Thomas Jefferson

No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every one must act according to the dictates of his own reason, and mine tells me that civil powers alone have been given to the President of the United States, and no authority to direct the religious...

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Thomas Jefferson

Gouverneur Morris had often told me that General Washington believed no more of that system (Christianity) than did he himself.

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Thomas Jefferson

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such...

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Thomas Jefferson

What is it men cannot be made to believe!

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Thomas Jefferson

I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians.

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Thomas Jefferson

If we did a good act merely from love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? ...Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love...

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Thomas Jefferson

My opinion is that there would never have been an infidel, if there had never been a priest. The artificial structures they have built on the purest of all moral systems, for the purpose of deriving from...

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Thomas Jefferson

I can never join Calvin in addressing his god. He was indeed an Atheist, which I can never be; or rather his religion was Daemonism. If ever man worshipped a false god, he did.

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Thomas Jefferson

Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

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Thomas Jefferson

But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an...

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Thomas Jefferson

I may grow rich by an art I am compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor.

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Thomas Jefferson

The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture. --The Fruit Hunters

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Thomas Jefferson

The movements of nature are in a never ending circle. The animal species which has once been put into a train of motion, is still probably moving in that train. For if one link in nature's chain might...

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Thomas Jefferson

The past stays put, I just keep moving farther away from it.

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Thomas Jefferson

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.

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Thomas Jefferson

Indeed, we need not look back half a century to times which many now living remember well, and see the wonderful advances in the sciences and arts which have been made within that period. Some of these...

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Thomas Jefferson

What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment ... inflict on his fellow...

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Thomas Jefferson

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

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Thomas Jefferson

The sickly, weakly, timid man fears the people, and is a Tory by nature. The healthy, strong and bold cherishes them, and is formed a Whig by nature.

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Thomas Jefferson

He [Washington] has often declared to me that he considered our new constitution as an experiment on the practicability of republican government, and with what dose of liberty man could be trusted for...

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Thomas Jefferson

With all the defects in our Constitution, whether general or particular, the comparison of our government with those of Europe, is like a comparison of Heaven with Hell. England, like the earth, may be...

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Thomas Jefferson

I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world and do not find in our particular superstition [Christianity] one redeeming feature.

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Thomas Jefferson

To take a single step beyond the text would be to take possession of a boundless field of power.

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Thomas Jefferson

The error seems not sufficiently eradicated, that the operations of the mind, as well as the acts of the body, are subject to the coercion of the laws. But our rulers can have authority over such natural...

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Thomas Jefferson

We have counted the cost of this contest, and find nothing so dreadful as voluntary slavery.-Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant...

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Thomas Jefferson

MORAL LAW, Evidence of.- Man has been subjected by his Creator to the moral law, of which his feelings, or conscience as it is sometimes called, are the evidence with which his Creator has furnished him....

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Thomas Jefferson

The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?

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Thomas Jefferson

I find as I grow older that I love those most whom I loved first.

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Thomas Jefferson

If the book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But, for God's sake, let us freely hear both sides, if we choose.

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Thomas Jefferson

The Habeas Corpus secures every man here, alien or citizen, against everything which is not law, whatever shape it may assume.

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Thomas Jefferson

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is left... to the juries, if they think the permanent judges are under any bias whatever in any cause, to take on themselves to judge the law as well as the fact. They never exercise this power but...

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Thomas Jefferson

If the question [before justices of the peace] relate to any point of public liberty, or if it be one of those in which the judges may be suspected of bias, the jury undertake to decide both law and fact.

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Thomas Jefferson

No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.

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Thomas Jefferson

The legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions.

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Thomas Jefferson

The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties.

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Thomas Jefferson

[If a book were] very innocent, and one which might be confided to the reason of any man; not likely to be much read if let alone, but if persecuted, it will be generally read. Every man in the United...

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Thomas Jefferson

The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management.

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Thomas Jefferson

A right to property is founded in our natural wants, in the means with which we are endowed to satisfy these wants, and the right to what we acquire by those means without violating the similar rights...

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Thomas Jefferson

The rights of the people to the exercise and fruits of their own industry can never be protected against the selfishness of rulers not subject to their control at short periods.

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Thomas Jefferson

Our wish is that...[there be] maintained that state of property, equal or unequal, which results to every man from his own industry or that of his fathers.

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Thomas Jefferson

To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill,...

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Thomas Jefferson

By nature's law, every man has a right to seize and retake by force his own property taken from him by another, by force of fraud. Nor is this natural right among the first which is taken into the hands...

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Thomas Jefferson

It is a moot question whether the origin of any kind of property is derived from nature at all. It is agreed by those who have seriously considered the subject that no individual has, of natural right,...

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Thomas Jefferson

Private enterprise manages so much better all the concerns to which it is equal.

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Thomas Jefferson

The merchants will manage [commerce] the better, the more they are left free to manage for themselves.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am... for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct...

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Thomas Jefferson

The art of printing secures us against the retrogradation of reason and information.

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Thomas Jefferson

Considering the great importance to the public liberty of the freedom of the press, and the difficulty of submitting it to very precise rules, the laws have thought it less mischievous to give greater...

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Thomas Jefferson

No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore...

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Thomas Jefferson

This formidable censor of the public functionaries [the press], by arraigning them at the tribunal of public opinion, produces reform peaceably, which must otherwise be done by revolution. It is also the...

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Thomas Jefferson

Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light.

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Thomas Jefferson

The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood.

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Thomas Jefferson

Religion is a subject on which I have ever been most scrupulously reserved. I have considered it as a matter between every man and his Maker, in which no other, and far less the public, had a right to...

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Thomas Jefferson

The Christian religion, when divested of the rags in which they [the clergy] have enveloped it, and brought to the original purity and simplicity of it's benevolent institutor, is a religion of all others...

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Thomas Jefferson

Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to God alone.

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Thomas Jefferson

It is time enough, for the rightful purposes of civil government, for its officers to interfere [in the propagation of religious teachings] when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good...

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Thomas Jefferson

No government can be maintained without the principle of fear as well as duty. Good men will obey the last, but bad ones the former only. If our government ever fails, it will be from this weakness.

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Thomas Jefferson

Every man is under the natural duty of contributing to the necessities of the society; and this is all the laws should enforce on him.

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Thomas Jefferson

I... [am] convinced [man] has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

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Thomas Jefferson

There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.

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Thomas Jefferson

I acknowledge that such a debt [of service to my fellow-citizens] exists, that a tour of duty in whatever line he can be most useful to his country, is due from every individual. It is not easy perhaps...

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Thomas Jefferson

The man who loves his country on its own account, and not merely for its trappings of interest or power, can never be divorced for it, can never refuse to come forward when he finds that she is engaged...

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Thomas Jefferson

It behooves our citizens to be on their guard, to be firm in their principles, and full of confidence in themselves. We are able to preserve our self-government if we will but think so.

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Thomas Jefferson

Lethargy is the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

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Thomas Jefferson

I am entirely persuaded that the agitations of the public mind advance its powers, and that at every vibration between the points of liberty and despotism, something will be gained for the former. As men...

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Thomas Jefferson

The people of every country are the only safe guardians of their own rights, and are the only instruments which can be used for their destruction. And certainly they would never consent to be so used were...

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Thomas Jefferson

The most effectual means of preventing the perversion of power into tyranny are to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those...

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Thomas Jefferson

Most codes extend their definitions of treason to acts not really against one's country. They do not distinguish between acts against the government, and acts against the oppressions of the government....

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Thomas Jefferson

Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be...

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Thomas Jefferson

The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall...

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Thomas Jefferson

A single good government becomes... a blessing to the whole earth, its welcome to the oppressed restraining within certain limits the measure of their oppressions. But should even this be counteracted...

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Thomas Jefferson

A first attempt to recover the right of self government may fail, so may a second, a third, etc. But as a younger and more instructed race comes on, the sentiment becomes more and more intuitive, and a...

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Thomas Jefferson

A government regulating itself by what is wise and just for the many, uninfluenced by the local and selfish views of the few who direct their affairs, has not been seen, perhaps, on earth. Or if it existed...

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Thomas Jefferson

May [our Declaration of Independence] be to the world, what I believe it will be (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all), the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which...

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Thomas Jefferson

The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who...

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