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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American founding father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States.
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"Every human being, my dear, must thus be viewed according to what it is good for, for none of us, no not one, is perfect; and were we to love none who had imperfections this world would be...

FRIENDS AND FELLOW-CITIZENS, Called upon to undertake the duties of the first executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow-citizens which is here...
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And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the...

"Always a friend to peace, and believing it to promote eminently the happiness and prosperity of nations, I am ever unwilling that it should be disturbed, until greater and more important...
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Drinking my morning Mocha from my new Thomas Jefferson coffee mug: "I cannot live without books." If you also cannot live without books, visit The Imaginative Conservative 
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On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or...
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I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution;...
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Monticello Library Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often...
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‎"We are ruined, Sir, if we do not over rule the principles that 'the more we owe, the more prosperous we shall be,' 'that a public debt furnishes the...
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by Thomas Jefferson A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and...
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Thomas Jefferson "The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." For more on the...

This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which have never been said before; but to place before mankind the...
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"I place economy among the first and most important virtues and public debt as the greatest dangers to be feared ... We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt....