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    Thomas Jefferson
    “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.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #2
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #3
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #4
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #5
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson
    “Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry...”
    Thomas Jefferson, The Statute Of Virginia For Religious Freedom

  • #7
    Thomas Jefferson
    “We took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation.

    The Ambassador [of Tripoli] answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.

    {Letter from the commissioners, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson, to John Jay, 28 March 1786}”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson
    “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #9
    Thomas Jefferson
    “And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson
    “Altho' I rarely waste time in reading on theological subjects, as mangled by our Pseudo-Christians, yet I can readily suppose Basanistos may be amusing. Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus. If it could be understood it would not answer their purpose. Their security is in their faculty of shedding darkness, like the scuttlefish, thro' the element in which they move, and making it impenetrable to the eye of a pursuing enemy, and there they will skulk.

    [Letter to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp on 30 July 1810 denouncing the Christian doctrine of the Trinity]”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson
    “I wish that all nations may recover and retain their independence; that those which are overgrown may not advance beyond safe measures of power, that a salutary balance may be ever maintained among nations, and that our peace, commerce, and friendship, may be sought and cultivated by all. It is our business to manufacture for ourselves whatever we can, to keep our markets open for what we can spare or want; and the less we have to do with the amities or enmities of Europe, the better. Not in our day, but at no distant one, we may shake a rod over the heads of all, which may make the stoutest of them tremble. But I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power, the greater it will be.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Writings: Autobiography/Notes on the State of Virginia/Public & Private Papers/Addresses/Letters

  • #12
    Thomas Jefferson
    “All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Writings: Autobiography/Notes on the State of Virginia/Public & Private Papers/Addresses/Letters

  • #13
    Thomas Jefferson
    “Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.”
    Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson
    “As you say of yourself, I too am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece and Rome have left us.

    [Letter to William Short, 31 October 1819]”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson
    “It is an axiom in my mind, that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that too of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This it is the business of the State to effect, and on a general plan.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson
    “When once we quit the basis of sensation, all is in the wind. To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise: but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by Locke, Tracy, and Stewart.

    {Letter to John Adams, from Monticello, 15 August 1820}”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #17
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs... In fact, the Athanasian paradox that one is three, and three but one, is so incomprehensible to the human mind, that no candid man can say he has any idea of it, and how can he believe what presents no idea? He who thinks he does, only deceives himself. He proves, also, that man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without a 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.

    [Letter to James Smith discussing Jefferson's hate of the doctrine of the Christian trinity, December 8 1822]”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #18
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #19
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.”
    Thomas Jefferson
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  • #20
    Thomas Jefferson
    “Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #21
    Thomas Jefferson
    “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #22
    Thomas Jefferson
    “How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”
    Thomas Jefferson

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    Thomas Jefferson
    “A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #24
    Thomas Jefferson
    “There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #25
    Thomas Jefferson
    “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #26
    Thomas Jefferson
    “An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #27
    Thomas Jefferson
    “Never trouble another for what you can do yourself”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #28
    Thomas Jefferson
    “An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #29
    Thomas Jefferson
    “Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #30
    Thomas Jefferson
    “We are afraid of the known and afraid of the unknown. That is our daily life and in that there is no hope, and therefore every form of philosophy, every form of theological concept, is merely an escape from the actual reality of what is. All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.”
    Thomas Jefferson



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