The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,
we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it
A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense
of taking care of them.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results
from too much government.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep
arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the
patriots and tyrants.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of
ideas which he
disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our
liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the
issue of their currency, first
by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that
will grow up around the banks
will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up
homeless on the
continent their fathers conquered.'