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Thomas Jefferson Quotes

A year from now you'll wish you started today
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Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is
Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally
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And then you meet one person and your life changes forever
A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future
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You had me at hello
When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew
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The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
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It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) The executive, in our government is not the sole, it is scarcely the principle, object of my jealousy. The tyranny of the legislature is the most formidable dread at present and will be for many years. That of the executive will come in its turn, but it will be at a remote period  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) It is comfortable to see the standard of reason at length erected, after so many ages, during which the human mind has been held in vassalage by kings, priests, and nobles; and it is honorable for us to have produced the first legislature who had the courage to declare that the reason of man may be trusted with the formation of his own opinions  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) I hold it to be one of the distinguishing excellences of elective over hereditary successions that the talents which nature has provided in sufficient proportion, should be selected by the society for the govenment of their affairs, rather than that this should be be transmitted through the loins of knaves and fools passing from the debauches of the table to those of the bed  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) He who made us would have been a pitiful bungler, if he had made the rules of our moral conduct a matter of science. For one man of science, there are thousands who are not. What would have become of them? Man was destined for society. His morality, therefore, was to be formed to this object. He was endowed with a sense of right and wrong, merely relative to this  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) A government is republican in proportion as every member composing it has his equal voice in the direction of its concerns, not indeed in person, which would be impracticable beyond the limits of a city or small township, but by representatives chosen by himself and responsible to him at short periods  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) I have indeed two great measures at heart, without which no republic can maintain itself in strength: 1. That of general education, to enable every man to judge for himself what will secure or endanger his freedom. 2. To divide every county into hundreds, of such size that all the children of each will be within reach of a central school in it  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes. These covering our land with officers, and opening our doors to their intrusions, had already begun that process of domiciliary vexation which, once entered, is scarcely to be restrained from reaching successively every article of produce and property  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) A republican government is slow to move, yet once in motion it’s momentum becomes irresistible  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) I have never believed there was one code of morality for a public and another for a private man  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the general progress of the human mind  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) No instance exists of a person’s writing two languages perfectly. That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignation, none  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) Whensoever hostile aggressions... Require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) My religious reading has long been confined to the moral branch of religion, which is the same in all religions; while in that branch which consists of dogmas, all differ  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) Nothing was or is farther from my intentions, than to enlist myself as the champion of a fixed opinion, where I have only expressed doubt  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) I advance with obedience to the work, ready to retire from it whenever you become sensible how much better choice it is in your power to make  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) Knowing that religion does not furnish grosser bigots than law, I expect little from old judges  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) He who steadily observes the moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven as to the dogmas in which they all differ  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) I agree with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) F ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes)
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