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Jefferson's Wisdom

obvious to him but not to us

Received: 17Nov2010

How To Become Corrupt

"When we get piled one upon the other in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe." - Thomas Jefferson

Redistributing The Wealth

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

Pay As You Go

"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." - Thomas Jefferson

The Government Will Take Care Of You

"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." - Thomas Jefferson

More Is Not Better

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson

When All Else Fails

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." - Thomas Jefferson

Last Resort

"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." - Thomas Jefferson

The Tree Of Liberty

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

Subsidize Ideas

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas in which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." - Thomas Jefferson

Bigger Danger

"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.." - Thomas Jefferson (1802)


It has been said the greatest volume of sheer brainpower in one place occurred when Jefferson dined alone...