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THOMAS JEFFERSON
American 3rd president of U.S.
(1743 - 1826)
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Do not be too severe upon the errors of the people, but reclaim them by enlightening them.
      - [Error]

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

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations,--entangling alliances with none; the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies; the preservation of the General Government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad; * * * freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under the protection of habeas corpus; and trials by juries impartially selected,--these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.
      - [Republic]

Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.
      - [Rights]

Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
      - [Opinion]

Every honest man will suppose honest acts to flow from honest principles, and the rogues may rail without intermission.
      - [Honesty]

Everything is useful which contributes to fix the principles and practices of virtue.
      - [Virtue]

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

Force cannot give right.
      - [Force]

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
      - [Force]

Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough is big enough to take everything you have. . . . The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
      - [Government]

Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.
      - [Innovation]

He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
      - [Happiness]

He is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
      - [Belief]

Health is the requisite after morality.
      - [Health]

Health is worth more than learning.
      - [Health]

History has informed us that bodies of men as well as individuals are susceptible of the spirit of tyranny.
      - [History]

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

Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us.
      - [Freedom]

I am captivated more by dreams of the future than by the history of the past.
      - [Dreams]

I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.
      - [Religion]

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separtion between church and State.
      - in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association
        [Freedom of Religion]

I deem it the duty of every man to devote a certain portion of his income for charitable purposes; and that it is his further duty to see it so applied as to do the most good of which it is capable.
      - [Charity]

I do not agree that an age of pleasure is no compensation for a moment of pain.
      - [Pleasure]

I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man's milk and restorative cordial.
      - [Friendship]


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