373 Total Quotes

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.
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#Debt

No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.
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#Aggression

The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country, and feels no passion of principle but that of gain
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#Business

A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither
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#Liberty

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
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#Pleasure #Deception

We are endeavoring, too, to reduce the government to the practice of a rigorous economy, to avoid burdening the people, and arming the magistrate with patronage of money, which might be used to corrupt and undermine the principles of our government
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#Economy

Every generation needs a new revolution.
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#Generations

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny
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#Experience

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
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#Education #Body

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...
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#Elections

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
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#Control

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
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#Choice

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
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#Government

One single object...[will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.
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#Government

It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it
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#Honorable

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
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#America

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government
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#People

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
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#Reading #Quote of the Day #Exercise

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
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#Civil Rights

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
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#Freedom

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.
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#Constitution

The construction applied ... to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power ... ought not to be construed as themselves to give unlimited powers, nor a part to be so taken as to destroy the whole residue of that instrument.
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#Constitution

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.
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#Bigotry

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
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#Freedom #Expression

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
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#Attitude