Thomas Jefferson

            • Born: April 13, 1743
            • Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia
            • 3rd President of the United States
            • Died: July 4, 1826

Author of the Declaration of Independence

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Statements made by Thomas Jefferson

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

        The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

        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.

        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.

        My reading of history convinces me that most bad government
        results from too much government.

        No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

        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.

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

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

        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. 1802

        "[Let us] carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted,
        recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what
        meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to
        the probable one in which it was passed" Letter to William Johnson - 1823

        The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, let us tie-down
        the second with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become
        the legalized version of the first.

        - Thomas Jefferson