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Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour. Thomas Jefferson
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I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. Thomas Jefferson
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Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson
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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 Thomas Jefferson
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I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson
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The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset. Thomas Jefferson
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I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. Thomas Jefferson
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That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part. Thomas Jefferson
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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Thomas Jefferson
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Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson
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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson
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Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them. Thomas Jefferson
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Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state. Thomas Jefferson
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If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. Thomas Jefferson
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With earnest prayers to all my friends to cherish mutual good will, to promote harmony and conciliation, and above all things to let the love of our country soar above all minor passions, I tender you the assurance of my affectionate esteem and respect. Thomas Jefferson
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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 have drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. Thomas Jefferson
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Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands. As long therefore as they can find emploiment in this line, I would not convert them into mariners, artisans, or any thing else. But our citizens will find emploiment in this line till their numbers, and of course their productions, become too great for the demand both internal and foreign. Thomas Jefferson
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No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it. Thomas Jefferson
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In matters of principals, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current. Thomas Jefferson
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Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Thomas Jefferson
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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. Thomas Jefferson
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My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson
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Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. Thomas Jefferson
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It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson
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Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none. Thomas Jefferson