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.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
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It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate - to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
I sincerely congratulate you on the arrival of the mockingbird. Learn all the children to venerate it as a superior being in the form of a bird, or as a being which will haunt them if any harm is done to itself or its eggs.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Source: Notes on Virginia
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
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.
No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it. To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.
. . . whenever any form of government becomes destructive . . . it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it...
Source: Declaration of Independence, 1776
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