Category Archives: Thomas Jefferson

We Must Make Our Election… Liberty

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“We must make our election between economy and Liberty, or profusion and servitude.” — Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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Every Government Degenerates When Trusted to the Rulers of the People Alone…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XIV, 1781

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Conform to the Probable Meaning When the Constitution was Passed…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 1823

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Liberty to Yield… Government to Gain Ground

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” —Thomas Jefferson

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I Wish Never to See All Offices Transferred to Washington…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore … never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson, 1823

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We Must Not Let Our Rulers Load Us with Perpetual Debt

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” — Thomas Jefferson

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We Have More Machinery of Government Than is Necessary…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Ludlow, 1824

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