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Thomas Jefferson
3rd President
(18
01-1809)

 

President Thomas Jefferson

  • Patriotism is not a short frenzied burst of emotion, but the long and steady dedication of a lifetime.

  • A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

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

  • 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.

  • We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.

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

  • Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

  • Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

  • A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

  • 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 law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

  • All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to ... remain silent.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

  • The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.

  • My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!

Thomas Jefferson - A Great American Patriot
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