Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
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
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.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
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
No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.
We never repent of having eaten too little.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
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?
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Delay is preferable to error.
If some period be not fixed, either by the Constitution or by practice, to the services of the First Magistrate, his office, though nominally elective, will, in fact, be for life, and that will soon degenerate into an inheritance.
I believe that justice is instinct and innate, the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as the threat of feeling, seeing and hearing.
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
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 va
There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.
A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither
I rejoice that in this blessed country of free inquiry and belief, which has surrendered its creed and conscience to neither kings nor priests, the genuine doctrine of only one God is reviving, and I trust that there is not a young man now living in.
No nation is drunken where wine is cheap and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage. It is, in truth, the only antidote to the bane of whiskey.
Yet the hour of emancipation is advancing . . . this enterprise is for the young for those who can follow it up, and bear it through to it's consummation. it shall have all my prayers, and these are the only weapons of an old man.
Thomas Jeffersons Decalogue of Canons V. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
(Academics) commit their pupils to the theatre of the world, with just taste enough of learning to be alienated from industrial pursuits, and not enough to do service in the ranks of science
Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other.
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