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Thomas Jefferson

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"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 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)
"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)
"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 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)
"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." Politics 4.9 avg (20 votes)
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Liberty, War & Peace 4.8 avg (477 votes)
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances." Miscellaneous 4.8 avg (12 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 tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever." God 4.7 avg (27 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)
"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)
"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none." Government 4.7 avg (12 votes)
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." Freedom 4.7 avg (207 votes)
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." Miscellaneous 4.7 avg (6 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)
"Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it." War & Peace 4.6 avg (9 votes)
"The government is best which governs least." Government 4.5 avg (45 votes)
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." Government, Truth & Lies 4.5 avg (8 votes)

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