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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.

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.

No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.