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Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. Thomas Jefferson

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Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. 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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I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others. Thomas Jefferson

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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. 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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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. 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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It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson

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A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life. 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred. Thomas Jefferson

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Taste cannot be controlled by law. Thomas Jefferson

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It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Thomas Jefferson

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I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office Thomas Jefferson

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Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it. Thomas Jefferson

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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. Thomas Jefferson

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Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. Thomas Jefferson

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We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it. Thomas Jefferson

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Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson

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The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies. Thomas Jefferson

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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. Thomas Jefferson

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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. Thomas Jefferson

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The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution. 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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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

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Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour. 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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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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Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. 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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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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Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. 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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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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Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them. 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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Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another? Thomas Jefferson

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Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast. Thomas Jefferson

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The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. Thomas Jefferson

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Always take hold of things by the smooth handle. Thomas Jefferson

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

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The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. Thomas Jefferson

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Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind. Thomas Jefferson

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The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind. Thomas Jefferson

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Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none. 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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One half of our brethren who fight and pay taxes, are excluded, like Helots, from the rights of representation, as if society were instituted for the soil, and not for the men inhabiting it; or one half of these could dispose of the rights and the will of the other half, without their consent. Thomas Jefferson

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How much pain worries have cost us that have never happened? Thomas Jefferson

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And lastly, let us provide in our constitution for its revision at stated periods. Thomas Jefferson