Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
If God is just, I tremble for my country.
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Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.
I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God - my daughter to my country.
As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.
Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
No generation has a right to contract debts greater than can be paid off during the course of its own existence.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
Who will govern the governors? There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves. They alone, if well informed, are capable of preventing the corruption of power, and of restoring the nation to its rightful course if it should go astray. They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of government.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Equal rights for all, special privileges for none
The people will not understand the importance of the Second Amendment until it is too late.
Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to the truth.
A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.
I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
The government you elect is the government you deserve.
We will be soldiers, so our sons may be farmers, so their sons may be artists
The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone.
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
Never use two words when one will do.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
To consider judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.
To preserve our 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.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.