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)
Contributed by: Zaady
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
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Source: 1787, Letter to Abigail Adams
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Source: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776.
The sheep are happier of themselves than under the care of a wolf.
Source: Letter to William Stevens Smith [Nov. 13, 1787]
If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignations, none. Usually quoted: 'Few die and none resign.'
Source: Letter to Elias Shipman & others of New Haven, July 12, 1801.
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.
Source: Remark to Baron von Humboldt, 1807, Life of Jefferson (Rayner), p. 356.
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them [offices], a rottenness begins in his conduct.
Source: Letter to Tench Coxe, 1799
When a man has cast his longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
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