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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
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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.
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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.
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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
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Truth between candid minds can never do harm. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Truth between candid minds can never do harm.
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I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.
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Everything yields to diligence. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Everything yields to diligence.
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The government you elect is the government you deserve. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
The government you elect is the government you deserve.
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Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
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Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
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In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
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No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.
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When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.
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When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state
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When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.
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Who will govern the governors? There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves. They alone, if well informed, are capable of preventing the corruption of power, and of restoring the nation to its rightful course if it should go astray. They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of government.
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Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!
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Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
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Equal rights for all, special privileges for none - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Equal rights for all, special privileges for none
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The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
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I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
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To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try.
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The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.
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Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state,' therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.
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A true patriot will defend his country from its government. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
A true patriot will defend his country from its government.
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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
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Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality
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Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day.
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Those who live by mystery & charlatanerie, fearing you would render them useless by simplifying the Christian philosophy - the most sublime and benevolent, but most perverted system that ever shone on man - endeavored to crush your well-earned & well-deserved fame.
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A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
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The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.
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Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck.
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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, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.
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Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
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The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
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No government should be without critics. If its intentions are good then it has nothing to fear from criticism.
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To consider judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.
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If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.
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Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
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Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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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.
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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.
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An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.
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Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
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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.
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Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.
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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.
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It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
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Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to the truth. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to the truth.
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I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
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There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.
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Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
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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.
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The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood.
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Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
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The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.
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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.
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It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
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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.
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To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
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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.
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I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
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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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The man who would choose security over freedom deserves neither. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
The man who would choose security over freedom deserves neither.
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The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.
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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
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All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
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He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
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Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them.
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Never spend your money before you have earned it. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Never spend your money before you have earned it.
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The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.
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A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.
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What has been the effect of [religious] coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.
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The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But 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.
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Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
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An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.
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A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle. - Thomas Jefferson Quotes
A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle.
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Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other.
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Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.
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