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"The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers 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 everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience."
(Notes on the state of Virginia, 1782)
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The duty of an upright administration is to pursue its course steadily, to know nothing of these family [dissensions], and to cherish the good principles of both parties."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The foundation on which all [constitutions] are built is the natural equality of man, the denial of every preeminence but that annexed to legal office, and particularly the denial of a preeminence by birth."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The freedom and happiness of man...[are] the sole objects of all legitimate government."
(letter to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1810)
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"The 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 JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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"Never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing..."
Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
––Farmer, lawyer, architect, inventor, naturalist, philosopher, scientist, and 3rd U.S. President (1743-1826)

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