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American 3rd president of U.S.
(1743 - 1826)
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Were we to act but in cases where no contrary opinion of a lawyer can be had, we should never act.
      - [Lawyers]

Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.
      - [War]

When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, one hundred.
      - [Anger]

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
      - [Education]

Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were the entire world looking at you, and act accordingly.
      - [Behavior]

Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried.
      - [Invention]

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
      - [Liberty]

Without society, and a society to our taste, men are never contented.
      - [Society]

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
      - Declaration of Independence of the United States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
  We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such Principles and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. . . .
      - Declaration of Independence of the United States of America,
        beginning of [America : Independence]

The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes has been devoted to the attainment of trial by jury. It should be the creed of our political faith.
      - First Inaugural Address [Trials]

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
      - Letter to Coxe [Politics]

If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignation, none.
      - Letter to Elias Shipman and Merchants of New Haven,
        usually quoted as "Few die and none resign."

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.
      - Life of Jefferson (p. 356),
        said to Baron Humboldt, see Rayner's "Life of Jefferson", p. 356
        [Public Trust]

At the time we were funding our national debt, we heard much about "a public debt being a public blessing"; that the stock representing it was a creation of active capital for the aliment of commerce, manufactures and agriculture.
      - On Public Debts,
        in a letter to John W. Epps [Debt]

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
      - Summary View of the Rights of British America

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