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valkylrie
04-30-2010, 5:16 PM
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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.

Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” (Quoting Cesare Beccaria)

The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.

The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.

No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.

To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.

I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. (Back then!)

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

I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.

And the day will come, when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His Father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva, in the brain of Jupiter.

In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.

When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality.

Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.... And 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 remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.

It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.

Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both in proportion as it is free.

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

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.

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

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.

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

In a government bottomed on the will of all, the...liberty of every individual citizen becomes interesting to all.

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Most bad government has grown out of too much government.

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

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.

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?

A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.

The right of self-government does not comprehend the government of others.

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.

History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.

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

It is better to tolerate that rare instance of a parent’s refusing to let his child be educated, than to shock the common feelings by a forcible transportation and education of the infant against the will of his father.

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

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.

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

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to Liberty.

stormy_clothing
04-30-2010, 5:22 PM
I don't think it takes alot of thought they simply wanted the country to be the place where they as people wanted to live, free to enjoy life and facing the same responsibilities as leaders of a nation as they would as citizens of it.

Soldier415
04-30-2010, 5:30 PM
Good read

D-Man
04-30-2010, 6:23 PM
Nice post and good find.

56Chevy
04-30-2010, 6:45 PM
The FBI, IRS, and BATFE would be raiding his home if he was still alive.

Moto_Joe
04-30-2010, 6:58 PM
This thread has much. EXCELLENT post. I've saved permanently to my favorites. I can't wait to get the hell out of CA.

barthel
04-30-2010, 7:05 PM
My favorite Thomas Jefferson Quote;

"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not". - Thomas Jefferson

Regulus
04-30-2010, 7:20 PM
The FBI, IRS, and BATFE would be raiding his home if he was still alive.

This.

I think he would be labeled a terrorist by our current government.

USMC Amtraker B311
04-30-2010, 8:26 PM
Hands down, one of the greatest of our founding fathers. Thank you for posting this. Jefferson was a truly great man.

Legasat
04-30-2010, 8:37 PM
Or, you could just read the 5,000 Year Leap

kcbrown
04-30-2010, 8:52 PM
The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.

I almost had to laugh at this one because it's so false today.

The Republic has fallen. May it rest in peace. :( :( :(

mbuna
04-30-2010, 10:09 PM
I almost had to laugh at this one because it's so false today.

The Republic has fallen. May it rest in peace. :( :( :(

The Empire has fallen, may we restore The Republic.

Sleepy McGee
04-30-2010, 10:39 PM
Thanks for a great post. It's a keeper.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)



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



I wonder what Jefferson would have to say about the slop we get bombarded with on television news nowadays.

56Chevy
04-30-2010, 11:27 PM
This.

I think he would be labeled a terrorist by our current government.
Don't give "them" any ideas. They may dig him up and send his bones to Gitmo.:eek:

jshoebot
05-01-2010, 12:20 AM
Amazing stuff. It truly saddens me to think of the greatness of our forefathers and their views for how America should be, and what we deal with in the PRK specifically and nationwide generally nowadays.

advocatusdiaboli
05-01-2010, 1:08 AM
I wonder what Jefferson would have to say about the slop we get bombarded with on television news nowadays.

He'd be appalled--because we don't get time to review and evaluate it with our minds--it's just stuffed into our heads and rammed down our throats in a way the printed word cannot be. The Founder would weep to see what we as a nation have done with the chance they gave us--one party, the Democrats, have traded it for socialism, and the other party the Republicans have traded it for an oligarchy of the rich not unlike a monarchy and it's barons and other landed gentry they tried to free us from the tyranny of. We've lost what they gave us no matter who we elect at this point unless there is radical change.

Man just keeps repeating the same mistakes over and over.