In matters of principle, stand like a rock. In matters of taste, swim with the current.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Contributed by: Zaady
It is as useless to argue with those who have renounced the use of reason as to administer medication to the dead.
He who receives an idea from me receives instruction for himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me.
There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.
I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
Source: Letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787.
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
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.
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 breaks my leg.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Were we directed from Washington when to sow, & when to reap, we should soon want bread.
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