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Thomas Jefferson quotes

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.

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.

No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

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.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

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.

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

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.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

If God is just, I tremble for my country.

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.