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.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
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I tremble for my species when I reflect that God is just.
Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
Source: Notes on Virginia, Query xviii. Manners
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
Source: Summary View of the Rights of British America.
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
Source: Declaration of Independence, 1776
No government can be maintained without the principle of fear as well as of duty. Good men will obey the last, but bad ones the former only.
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
Those who bear equally the burdens of government should equally participate in the benefits.
If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this 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 is left free to combat it.
Source: first Inaugural, 4 March 1801
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