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.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
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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.
It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.
This is the fourth?
Source: last words
It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
Source: to A. Stuart, 1791.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate - to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
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