It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Source: Notes on Virginia
Contributed by: Zaady
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
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
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
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.
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