Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Source: Notes on Virginia, Query xviii. Manners
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?
Source: 1801 First Inaugural Address
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Source: First Inaugural Address. March 4, 1801.
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