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.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
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Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
Every honest man will suppose honest acts to flow from honest principles, and the rogues may rail without intermission.
Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
Source: Notes on the State of Virginia
If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignations, none. Usually quoted: 'Few die and none resign.'
Source: Letter to Elias Shipman & others of New Haven, July 12, 1801.
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.
Source: Remark to Baron von Humboldt, 1807, Life of Jefferson (Rayner), p. 356.
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them [offices], a rottenness begins in his conduct.
Source: Letter to Tench Coxe, 1799
When a man has cast his longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
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