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Thomas Jefferson quotes

3rd US president, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, 1743-1826.


The danger is that the cruel arts of their oppressors have enchained their minds, have kept them in the ignorance of children, and as incapable of self-government as children. If the obstacles of bigotry, the shackles of the priest-craft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else.

 

The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.

 

The art of governing consists simply of being honest, exercising common sense, following principle, and doing what is right and just.

 

Yet the hour of emancipation is advancing . . . this enterprise is for the young; for those who can follow it up, and bear it through to it's consummation. it shall have all my prayers, and these are the only weapons of an old man.

 

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

 

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...

 

The principles on which we engaged, of which the charter of our independence is the record, were sanctioned by the laws of our being, and we but obeyed them in pursuing undeviatingly the course they called for. It issued finally in that inestimable state of freedom which alone can ensure to man the enjoyment of his equal rights.

 

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.

 

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.

 

Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

 


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