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Quote: An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second.


Quote: The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.


Quote: Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christians. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christians.


Quote: The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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




Quote: It is every Americans' right and obligation to read and interpret the Constitution for himself. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is every Americans' right and obligation to read and interpret the Constitution for himself.


Quote: The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.


Quote: The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.




Quote: Those who live by mystery and charlatanerie, fearing you would render them useless by simplifying the Christian philosophy -- the most sublime and benevolent, but most perverted system that ever shone on man -- endeavored to crush your well-earned and well-deserved fame. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote; white text on black background

Those who live by mystery and charlatanerie, fearing you would render them useless by simplifying the Christian philosophy -- the most sublime and benevolent, but most perverted system that ever shone on man -- endeavored to crush your well-earned and well-deserved fame.


Quote: Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.


Quote: I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms are in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people, which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is medicine necessary for the sound health of government.


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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with 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.


Quote: A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.


Quote: We will be soldiers, so our sons may be farmers, so their sons may be artists. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We will be soldiers, so our sons may be farmers, so their sons may be artists.


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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with 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.


Quote: Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.


Quote: The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.


Quote: I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality.


Quote: Our legislators are not sufficiently apprized of the rightful limits of their power; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural rights and duties, and to take none of them from us. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Our legislators are not sufficiently apprized of the rightful limits of their power; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural rights and duties, and to take none of them from us.


Quote: The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.- black text on quotes background

The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.


Quote: A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry.


Quote: The man who would choose security over freedom deserves neither. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The man who would choose security over freedom deserves neither.


Quote: Trade liberty for safety or money and you'll end up with neither. Liberty, like a grain of salt, easily dissolves. The power of questioning -- not simply believing -- has no friends. Yet liberty depends on it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Trade liberty for safety or money and you'll end up with neither. Liberty, like a grain of salt, easily dissolves. The power of questioning -- not simply believing -- has no friends. Yet liberty depends on it.


Quote: The contest is not between us and them, but between good and evil, and if those who would fight evil adopt the ways of evil, evil wins. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The contest is not between us and them, but between good and evil, and if those who would fight evil adopt the ways of evil, evil wins.




Quote: To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try.


Quote: The federal government is our servant, not our master. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The federal government is our servant, not our master.


Quote: Dependence leads to subservience. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Dependence leads to subservience.


Quote: Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to the truth. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to the truth.


Quote: The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.


Quote: Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.


Quote: It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.


Quote: I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.


Quote: The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.


Quote: The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.


Quote: Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.


Quote: The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.


Quote: To consider judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

To consider judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.


Quote: Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.


Quote: No generation has a right to contract debts greater than can be paid off during the course of its own existence. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

No generation has a right to contract debts greater than can be paid off during the course of its own existence.


Quote: Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%.


Quote: I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.


Quote: Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust.


Quote: Free men do not ask permission to bear arms. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.


Quote: When you abandon freedom to achieve security, you lose both and deserve neither. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

When you abandon freedom to achieve security, you lose both and deserve neither.


Quote: A true patriot will defend his country from its government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A true patriot will defend his country from its government.


Quote: The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.


Quote: When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.


Quote: When the people are afraid of the government, that's tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that's liberty. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

When the people are afraid of the government, that's tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that's liberty.


Quote: There is no justification for taking away individuals' freedom in the guise of public safety. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

There is no justification for taking away individuals' freedom in the guise of public safety.


Quote: Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom and Father of the University of Virginia. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom and Father of the University of Virginia.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.

Epitaph, upon his instructions to erect a 'a plain die or cube ... surmounted by an Obelisk' with 'the following inscription, and not a word more…because by these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.' It omits that he had been President of the United States, a position of political power and prestige, and celebrates his involvement in the creation of the means of inspiration and instruction by which many human lives have been liberated from oppression and ignorance.


Quote: Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.


Quote: I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.


Quote: He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them.


Quote: I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.


Quote: I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.


Quote: Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.


Quote: A wise and frugal Government, which shall retrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A wise and frugal Government, which shall retrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.


Quote: We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.


Quote: I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.


Quote: Power is not alluring to pure minds. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Power is not alluring to pure minds.


Quote: I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.


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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with 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.


Quote: When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.


Quote: Never spend your money before you have earned it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Never spend your money before you have earned it.


Quote: I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.


Quote: One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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.


Quote: Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.


Quote: We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.


Quote: Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor -- over each other. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor -- over each other.


Quote: The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.


Quote: I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.


Quote: The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.


Quote: The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.


Quote: We never repent of having eaten too little. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We never repent of having eaten too little.


Quote: Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.


Quote: We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.


Quote: The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.


Quote: There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.


Quote: As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.


Quote: An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.


Quote: I cannot live without books. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I cannot live without books.


Quote: Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.


Quote: To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.


Quote: If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.


Quote: Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.


Quote: Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.


Quote: It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.


Quote: Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.


Quote: Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.


Quote: If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.


Quote: I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.


Quote: An injured friend is the bitterest of foes. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.


Quote: The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.


Quote: If God is just, I tremble for my country. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If God is just, I tremble for my country.


Quote: Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.


Quote: He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.


Quote: Taste cannot be controlled by law. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Taste cannot be controlled by law.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Taste cannot be controlled by law. We must resist at all costs any attempt to regulate our individual freedoms and to legislate our personal moralities.


Quote: Always take hold of things by the smooth handle. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.


Quote: Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.


Quote: The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.


Quote: I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.


Quote: It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.


Quote: Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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.


Quote: I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.


Quote: I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.


Quote: The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.


Quote: A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.


Quote: Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.


Quote: The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.


Quote: I sincerely believe... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I sincerely believe... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.


Quote: Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.


Quote: I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.


Quote: No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

No government ought to be without censors: and where the press is free, no one ever will. If virtuous, it need not fear the fair operation of attack and defence. Nature has given to man no other means of sifting out the truth either in religion, law, or politics. I think it as honorable to the government neither to know, nor notice, it's sycophants or censors, as it would be undignified and criminal to pamper the former and persecute the latter.


Quote: The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.


Quote: Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.


Quote: It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.


Quote: I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.


Quote: No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.


Quote: Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.


Quote: When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.


Quote: No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.


Quote: For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.


Quote: There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.


Quote: It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.


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