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Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
3rd president of US [more author details]
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I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
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Thomas Jefferson, (Attributed)
Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.
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Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Adress, 1801
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
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Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Archibald Stuart, December 23, 1791
That peace, safety, and concord may be the portion of our native land, and be long enjoyed by our fellow-citizens, is the most ardent wish of my heart, and if I can be instrumental in procuring or preserving them, I shall think I have not lived in vain.
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Thomas Jefferson, letter to Benjamin Waring and others, March 23, 1801
I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.
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Thomas Jefferson, letter to Count Diodati, 1807
Delay is preferable to error.
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Thomas Jefferson, Letter to George Washington, May 16, 1792
No government ought to be without censors & where the press is free, no one ever will.
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Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington, September 9, 1792
Health is worth more than learning.
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Thomas Jefferson, letter to his cousin John Garland Jefferson, June 11, 1790
If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
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Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Lewis, Jr., May 9, 1798
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
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Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Melish, January 13, 1813
Peace with all nations, and the right which that gives us with respect to all nations, are our object.
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Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Mr. Dumas, March 24, 1793
Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
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Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Nathaniel Macon, January 12, 1819
I read no newspaper now but Ritchie's, and in that chiefly the advertisements, for they contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
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Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Nathaniel Macon, January 12, 1819
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.
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Thomas Jefferson, Letter, 1810
It behoves 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.
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Thomas Jefferson, Letters to Benjamin Rush, April 21, 1803
Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched.
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Thomas Jefferson, Resolutions, 1803
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
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Thomas Jefferson, to Archibald Stuart, 1791

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