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  • Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • We are endeavoring, too, to reduce the government to the practice of a rigorous economy, to avoid burdening the people, and arming the magistrate with patronage of money, which might be used to corrupt and undermine the principles of our government
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • History, by apprising (men) of the past, will enable them to judge of the future, it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations
    (Thomas Jefferson)


  • No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • We never repent of having eaten too little.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • 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)

  • Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
    (Thomas Jefferson)

  • Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
    (Thomas Jefferson)


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