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Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We prefer war in all cases to tribute under any form and to any people whatever.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts; but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere; and less perfection in the others, with more health, virtue and freedom, would be my choice.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence. So shall the life into which you have entered be the portal to one of eternal and ineffable bliss.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We act not for ourselves but for the whole human race. The event of our experiment is to show whether man can be trusted with self – government.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Power is not alluring to pure minds.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen, people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. They are inherently independent of all but moral law.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If there be any among us who wish to dissolve the Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed, as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body. No laborious person was ever yet hysterical.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “For Heaven’s sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “My most earnest wish is to see the republican element of popular control pushed to the maximum of its practicable exercise. I shall then believe that our government may be pure and perpetual.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet, had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Haman’s.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it is what I have steadfastly believed.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It look like the lord just work for wite folks cause ever sens i wasn nothin but a litle boy i been on my on haulin water to the fiel on that ol water cart wit all them dime bukets an that dipper just hittin an old dorthy just trottin and trottin an me up their hittin her wit that rope...”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on wheels will make a great change in the situation of man.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally’s cellar.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The moral sense is the first excellence of well-organized man.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”
Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.”
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