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Thomas Jefferson

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"The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them." America 3.8 avg (5 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)
"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 was by the sober sense of our citizens that we were safely and steadily conducted from monarchy to republicanism, and it is by the same agency alone we can be kept from falling back." America 3.4 avg (5 votes)
"When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred." Anger 3.5 avg (13 votes)
"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature." Anti-Religion, Christianity 4.1 avg (46 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)
"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)
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." Freedom 4.7 avg (207 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)
"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." God 4.9 avg (74 votes)
"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none." Government 4.7 avg (12 votes)
"The government is best which governs least." Government 4.5 avg (45 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)
"...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)
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all." Government 4.3 avg (14 votes)
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." Government, Truth & Lies 4.5 avg (8 votes)
"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object." Government 4.2 avg (5 votes)
"History, in general, only informs us what bad government is." Government 4.3 avg (9 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)

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