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Thomas Jefferson

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"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)
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." Liberty 4.6 avg (10 votes)
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." Miscellaneous 4.9 avg (11 votes)
"I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one." Miscellaneous 5.0 avg (3 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)
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Miscellaneous 4.9 avg (40 votes)
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." Miscellaneous 4.7 avg (6 votes)
"Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it." Miscellaneous 4.4 avg (7 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)
"I never believed there was one code of morality for a public and another for a private man." Morality 5.0 avg (9 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)
"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." Politics 4.9 avg (20 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)
"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." Reading 3.9 avg (15 votes)
"If you are obliged to neglect any thing, let it be your chemistry. It is the least useful and the least amusing to a country gentleman of all the ordinary branches of science." Science 4.2 avg (5 votes)
"Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong." Truth & Lies 3.5 avg (11 votes)
"There is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive." Virtue 4.2 avg (6 votes)
"War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses." War & Peace 4.3 avg (12 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)

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