Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

 

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

 

[The corporation] penetrating it's every part of the Union acting by command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government. I deem no government safe which is under the vassalage of any self-constituted authorities.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on constitution, generation, change, and nation

No society can make a perpetual Constitution...  The Earth belongs always to the living generation.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Wall Street Journal, Thursday, October 11, 2007

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on truth and acceptance

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on trial by jury, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, habeas corpus, laws, standing army, and liberty

"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, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce, the habeas corpus laws, and of yoking them with a standing army. This is a degeneracy in the principles of liberty... which I [would not have expected for at least] four centuries." --Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1788. (*) FE 5:3

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by 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!

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

When angry count to ten before you speak; if very angry count to a hundred

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

Vistory and deafeat are each of the same price.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on thomas jefferson, fascism, elite, and democracy

"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."

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: http://www.gmu.edu/departments/economics/wew/quotes/govt.html

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on erroneous opinion and reason

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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