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    A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Coward and Cowardice
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    A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life. 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    A little rebellion now and then… is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Medicine
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    A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Happiness
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    A sense of this necessity, and a submission to it, is to me a new and consolatory proof that wherever 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.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Citizenship
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    Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are then most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise. Protection from casual embarrassments, however, may sometimes be seasonably interposed.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Free Enterprise
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    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 laws must protect, and to violate which would be oppression.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion. 1 I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively. 2

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Life and Living
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    An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Argument
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    And lastly, let us provide in our constitution for its revision at stated periods.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    And to preserve their 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.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Architecture worth great attention. As we double our numbers every 20 years we must double our houses. Besides we build of such perishable materials that one half of our houses must be rebuilt in every space of 20 years. So that in that term, houses are to be built for three fourths of our inhabitants. It is then among the most important arts: and it is desireable to introduce taste into an art which shews so much.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    As, for the safety of society, we commit honest maniacs to Bedlam, so judges should be withdrawn from their bench, whose erroneous biases are leading us to dissolution. It may indeed injure them in fame or in fortune; but it saves the republic, which is the first and supreme law.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Bankers and Banking
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    Believing that the happiness of mankind is best promoted by the useful pursuits of peace, that on these alone a stable prosperity can be founded, that the evils of war are great in their endurance, and have a long reckoning for ages to come, I have used my best endeavors to keep our country uncommitted in the troubles which afflict Europe, and which assail us on every side.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    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 in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Books and Reading
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    But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all republicanswe are federalists.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Friends and Friendship
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    But let me beseech you, Sir, not to let this letter get into a newspaper. Tranquillity, at my age, is the supreme good of life. I think it a duty, and it is my earnest wish, to take no further part in public affairs. The abuse of confidence by publishing my letters has cost me more than all other pains.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Law and Lawyers
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    Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands. As long therefore as they can find emploiment in this line, I would not convert them into mariners, artisans, or any thing else. But our citizens will find emploiment in this line till their numbers, and of course their productions, become too great for the demand both internal and foreign.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Pleasure
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    Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Education
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    Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Opinions
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    Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Vigilance
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    Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Soldier
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    Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Greed
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    For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead…

    Thomas Jefferson
    Truth
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    Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?

    Thomas Jefferson
    Friends and Friendship
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    God who gave us life gave us liberty. 1 Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. 2 Commerce between master and slave is despotism. 3 Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. 4 Establish the law for educating the common people. 5 This it is the business of the State to effect and on a general plan. 6

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Innovation
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    Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Happiness
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    He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Lies and Lying
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    Here was buriedThomas Jeffersonauthorof the Declaration ofAmerican Independenceofthe Statute of Virginiafor Religious Freedom, andFather of the Universityof Virginia

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Honesty
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    How much pain worries have cost us that have never happened?

    Thomas Jefferson
    Worry
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    I am for a government rigorously frugal & simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt; and not for a multiplication of officers & salaries merely to make partisans, & for increasing, by every device, the public debt, on the principle of its being a public blessing.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    I cannot live without books.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Books and Reading
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    I confess I have the same fears for our South American brethren; the qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training, and for these they will require time and probably much suffering.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    I deem the essential principles of our government…. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; … freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus, and trial by juries impartially selected.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely happier for it.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Newspaper
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    I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Luck
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    I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Censure
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    I have come to a resolution myself as I hope every good citizen will, never again to purchase any article of foreign manufacture which can be had of American make be the difference of price what it may.

    Thomas Jefferson
    Uncategorised

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