Thomas Jefferson Quotes

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground

Thomas Jefferson

The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite

Thomas Jefferson

I see,... and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power... It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of the Federal government are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

The greatest calamity which could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers

Thomas Jefferson

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.

Thomas Jefferson

Of all exercises walking is the best.

Thomas Jefferson

Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.

Thomas Jefferson

Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

Thomas Jefferson

If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is, that we should have nothing to do with conquest

Thomas Jefferson

If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.

Thomas Jefferson

It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and to talk by the hour

Thomas Jefferson

I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.

Thomas Jefferson

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