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"...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." -
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Top 5 quotes from Thomas Jefferson
"I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one."
"I never believed there was one code of morality for a public and another for a private man."
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"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."
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