Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
Every honest man will suppose honest acts to flow from honest principles, and the rogues may rail without intermission.
Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
Source: Notes on the State of Virginia
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