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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.

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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

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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.

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One man with courage is a majority.

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I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.

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I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.

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No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.

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Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

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It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

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Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.

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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

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It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. 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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Power is not alluring to pure minds.

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I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.

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Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.

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My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.

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I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

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He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

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In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.

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A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

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Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.

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It behooves 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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Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.

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For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.

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So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.

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Taste cannot be controlled by law.

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One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.

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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

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Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

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Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

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The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

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In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

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In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

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I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.

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Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

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I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

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One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

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Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

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I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

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There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.

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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

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The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.

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I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

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We never repent of having eaten too little.

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It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.

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We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.

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I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

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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?

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He who knows best knows how little he knows.

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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.

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History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.

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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 blind-folded fear.

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It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.

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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.

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I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

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To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.

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The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.

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The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.

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Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other.

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Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

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Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.

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No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.

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Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

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Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

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I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

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When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

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Never spend your money before you have earned it.

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If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

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Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

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Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

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Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.

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Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.

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