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Thomas Jefferson

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"It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate - to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance." America 4.2 avg (5 votes)
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." Government, Truth & Lies 4.5 avg (8 votes)
"Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong." Truth & Lies 3.5 avg (11 votes)
"If you are obliged to neglect any thing, let it be your chemistry. It is the least useful and the least amusing to a country gentleman of all the ordinary branches of science." Science 4.2 avg (5 votes)
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Education, Freedom 4.7 avg (46 votes)
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." Liberty 4.6 avg (10 votes)
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever." God 4.7 avg (27 votes)
"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." America, Government 4.9 avg (68 votes)
"I never believed there was one code of morality for a public and another for a private man." Morality 5.0 avg (9 votes)
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." Miscellaneous 4.9 avg (11 votes)
"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 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." Government 4.4 avg (19 votes)
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Miscellaneous 4.9 avg (40 votes)
"I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one." Miscellaneous 5.0 avg (3 votes)
"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature." Anti-Religion, Christianity 4.1 avg (46 votes)
"History, in general, only informs us what bad government is." Government 4.3 avg (9 votes)
"Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle." Debate 4.0 avg (4 votes)
"Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it." Miscellaneous 4.4 avg (7 votes)
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt...If the game runs sometime against us at home, we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake." Government 4.7 avg (32 votes)
"...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." Government 4.7 avg (26 votes)

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