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THOMAS JEFFERSON
American 3rd president of U.S.
(1743 - 1826)
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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
      - [Progress]

The ordinary affairs of a nation offer little difficulty to a person of any experience, but the gift of office is the dreadful burthen which oppresses him.
      - [Government]

The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being.
      - [Journalism]

The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
      - [Borrowing]

The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.
      - [Prudence]

The second office of this government is honorable and easy, the first is but a splendid misery.
      - [Presidency]

The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country, and feels no passion of principle but that of gain.
      - [Selfishness]

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.
      - [Education]

The unsuccessful strugglers against tyranny have been the chief martyrs of treason laws in all countries.
      - [Martyrs]

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.
      - [Timidity]

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.
      - [Taxation]

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

Tranquility is the old man's milk.
      - [Tranquility]

Traveling makes men wiser, but less happy.
      - [Travel]

Victory and defeat are each of the same price.
      - [Victory]

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
      - [War]

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a feather bed.
      - [Liberty]

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.
      - [Strength]

We may add to the great honor of science and the arts, that their natural effect is, by illuminating public opinion, to erect it into a censor before which the most exalted tremble for their future as well as present fame.
      - [Opinion]

We must do our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.
      - [America]

We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
      - [Loyalty]

We never repent of having eaten too little.
      - [Eating]

We often repent of what we have said, but never, never, of that which we have not.
      - [Silence]

We prefer war in all cases to tribute under any form and to any people whatever.
      - [War]

We shall keep the people on our side by keeping ourselves in the right.
      - [Right]


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