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  All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

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

  Do you want to know who you are? Dont ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Be polite to all, but intimate with few.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A government afraid of its citizens is a democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage, with my books, my family, and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post which any human power can give.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  On matters of style, swim with the current; on matters of principle, stand like a rock.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I am a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It is a part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  Paper is poverty... it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Experience has shown, 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
  

  We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It is better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind; for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to liberty.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The art of life is the art of avoiding pain.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax... laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Never spend your money before you have it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Delay is preferable to error.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Truth will do well enough if left to shift for herself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Opinion, and the just maintenance of it, shall never be a crime in my view.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Information is the currency of democracy.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A man's moral sense must be unusually strong if slavery does not make him a thief.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A room without books is like a life without meaning.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster, cruel, vengeful, and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging three headed beast like god one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes fools and hypocrites.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  That government is best which governs least, because its people discipline themselves. If we are directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we will soon want for bread.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  One man with courage is a majority.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

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

  Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Occasionally the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I cannot live without books.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent they conquered.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For not one of us, no, not one, is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfection, this world would be a desert for our love.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The moral sense, or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or arm. It is given to all human beings in a stronger or weaker degree, as force of members is given them in a greater or less degree. It may be strengthened by exercise, as may any particular limb of the body.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  An insult unpunished is the parent of many others.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  We never repent of having eaten too little.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Rise at a fixed and an early hour, and go to bed at a fixed and early hour also. Sitting up late at night is injurious to the health and not useful to the mind.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as a sorry state as the souls who live under tyranny.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  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
  

  If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  The genuine and simple religion of Jesus will one day be restored; such as it was preached and practiced by himself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  No man will labor for himself who can make another labor for him.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I never did in my life, either by myself or by any other, have a sentence of mine inserted in a newspaper without putting my name to it; and I believe I never shall.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  One man with courage is a majority.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  We never repent of having eaten too little.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Experience has shown, 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
  

  A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Rise at a fixed and an early hour, and go to bed at a fixed and early hour also. Sitting up late at night is injurious to the health and not useful to the mind.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It is better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent they conquered.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to liberty.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It is a part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent they conquered.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It is a part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Opinion, and the just maintenance of it, shall never be a crime in my view.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Delay is preferable to error.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A government afraid of its citizens is a democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax... laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as a sorry state as the souls who live under tyranny.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Delay is preferable to error.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I live for books.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  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  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Those who sacrifice freedom for safety deserve neither.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truth, prevail over fanaticism  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which 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. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

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

  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
  

  Power is not alluring to pure minds.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  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
  

  The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

  My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

  Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

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

  I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. 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 blindfolded fear.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  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
  

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

  Those who sacrifice freedom for safety deserve neither.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

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

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

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

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

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

  The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson