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Thomas Jefferson
Rebel - Founding Father - Statesman - 3rd President • USA • 1743-1826

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801-1809). At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia (1779-1781). Just after the war ended, from mid-1784 Jefferson served as a diplomat, stationed in Paris. In May 1785, he became the United States Minister to France. Jefferson was the first United States Secretary of State (1790-1793) serving under President George Washington. Additonal Reading
 

Liberty Quotes by: Thomas Jefferson




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• It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. • comment


• The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. • comment


• Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. • comment


• The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. • comment


• When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. • comment


• Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. • comment


• Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. • comment


• 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. • comment


• All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. • comment


• A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have. • comment


• I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. • comment


• I place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared. • comment


• It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on will save one-half the wars of the world. • comment


• My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. • comment


• No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. • comment


• The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. • comment


• The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance. • comment


• The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. • comment


• Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants. • comment


• We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator certain unalienable rights; that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. • comment


• Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. • comment


• 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. • comment


• If a nation expects to be ignorant and free...it expects what never was and never will be. • comment


• It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others; or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. • comment


• Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and inalienable rights of man. • comment


• When people fear their government, there is tyranny. When government fears the people, there is liberty. • comment


• Taxation follows public debt, and in its train wretchedness and oppression. • comment


• What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the Spirit of Resistance. • comment


• The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect it's free expression should be its first object. • comment


• To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful & tyrannical. • comment


• The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. • comment


• 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 government. • comment


• The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale. • comment


• The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. • comment


• I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. • comment


• We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed. • comment


• The Tenth Amendment is the foundation of the Constitution. • comment


• I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. • comment


• I hope a tax will be preferred [to a loan which threatens to saddle us with a perpetual debt], because it will awaken the attention of the people and make reformation and economy the principle of the next election. The frequent recurrence of this chastening operation can alone restrain the propensity of governments to enlarge expense beyond income. • comment


• I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy. • comment


• I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs. • comment


 

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