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.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
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. . . 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]
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
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.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
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