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.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
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 country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation [of power] first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate - to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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