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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) I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past, so good night!  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) I have the consolation to reflect that during the period of my administration not a drop of the blood of a single fellow citizen was shed by the sword of war or of the law  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) I have ever deemed it more honorable and profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) What has been the effect of religious coercion? To make half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) State a moral case to a ploughman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) Offices are as acceptable here as elsewhere, and whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) Perseverance in object, though not by the most direct way, is often more laudable than perpetual changes, as often as the object shifts light  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) 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  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? 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 Quotes) Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) It is, however, an evil for which there is no remedy, our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) If thinking men would have the courage to think for themselves, and to speak what they think, it would be found they do not differ in religious opinions as much as is supposed  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) It is unfortunate for our peace, that unmerited abuse wounds, while unmerited praise has not the power to heal  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) Monuments of the safety with which errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes) All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed  (Thomas Jefferson Quotes)
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