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Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.




Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "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."

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.




Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations."

The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."

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




Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery."

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty."

When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Truth between candid minds can never do harm."

Truth between candid minds can never do harm.




Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The government you elect is the government you deserve."

The government you elect is the government you deserve.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!"

Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "A true patriot will defend his country from its government."

A true patriot will defend his country from its government.




Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Equal rights for all, special privileges for none"

Equal rights for all, special privileges for none



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

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try."

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate."

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "There is no justification for taking away individuals' freedom in the guise of public safety."

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality"

Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood."

The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."

A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave."

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "No government should be without critics. If its intentions are good then it has nothing to fear from criticism."

No government should be without critics. If its intentions are good then it has nothing to fear from criticism.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching."

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed."

If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."

The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "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."

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

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none."

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to the truth."

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness."

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."

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



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people."

There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time."

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence."

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others."

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.



Thomas Jefferson Quotes: "The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart."

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