Quotes from Thomas Jefferson   4 comments

Thomas Jefferson

[20 May 2010]

This morning I got an email from a friend of mine. These are some quotes from Thomas Jefferson. It looks like Jefferson is describing the United States in 2010:

“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 goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

“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 and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of 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.”

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

“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.”

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The motto on New Hampshire license plates reads: “Live Free or Die.” I wish we all had New Hampshire license plates.

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Born Fighting:  How the Scots-Irish Shaped America by James Webb
The Mystery of the “Stranger” at the Signing of the Declaration
The Vision of Theodore Roosevelt
Not So Fast, Angry Radical . . . .

4 responses to “Quotes from Thomas Jefferson

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  1. Milton Friedman Quotes

    “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

    “Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”

    “The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.”

    “The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.”

    “The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.”

    “Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

    “We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.”

    Milton Friedman, Economist (1912-2006)

  2. Reblogged this on contentconservative.

  3. I just saw this quote by Thomas Jefferson on the blog Pundit from Another Planet:

    ”Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty”

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