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Well we wouldn't want any people to hear any of these quotes!
Especially are children!
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth
of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be
reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength,
and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise
their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
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
If God is just, I tremble for my country.
If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose
trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on
the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Never spend your money before you have earned it.
No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.
No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.
None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then
corruption, its necessary consequence.
Power is not alluring to pure minds.
The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
These quotes came from this site-Thomas Jefferson Quotes
If you want to see something sickening, look who the first related author is!