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Thomas Jefferson

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"When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred." Anger 3.5 avg (13 votes)
"War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses." War & Peace 4.3 avg (12 votes)
"There is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive." Virtue 4.2 avg (6 votes)
"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object." Government 4.2 avg (5 votes)
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Liberty, War & Peace 4.8 avg (477 votes)
"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." Government 4.3 avg (14 votes)
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." Freedom 4.7 avg (207 votes)
"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." Reading 3.9 avg (15 votes)
"The government is best which governs least." Government 4.5 avg (45 votes)
"The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to." Politics 4.3 avg (6 votes)
"The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them." America 3.8 avg (5 votes)
"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 blind-folded fear." God 4.9 avg (74 votes)
"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none." Government 4.7 avg (12 votes)
"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." Politics 4.9 avg (20 votes)
"Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it." War & Peace 4.6 avg (9 votes)
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." Miscellaneous 4.7 avg (6 votes)
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances." Miscellaneous 4.8 avg (12 votes)
"No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it. To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends." Presidency 4.2 avg (5 votes)
"It was by the sober sense of our citizens that we were safely and steadily conducted from monarchy to republicanism, and it is by the same agency alone we can be kept from falling back." America 3.4 avg (5 votes)
"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." Morality 4.0 avg (9 votes)

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