Thomas Jefferson Quotes

While Americans should at all times continuously educate themselves about the founding of this nation, its founding fathers, and its founding documents, this is especially true during times of great uncertainty and inevitable political change. I think it would be safe to guess that Thomas Jefferson is the favorite revolutionary American philosopher and politician of a majority of United Liberty readers, so I have compiled some of my favorite Jefferson quotes-

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

 

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

 

When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny.

 

The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.

 

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers

 

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

 

What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.

 

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

 

I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

 

God who gave us life gave us liberty.

 

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

 

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

 

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on true free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among general bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.


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