YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON THAT.


So says Thomas Jefferson.


“Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands.” —Thomas Jefferson.


“The Constitution... is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.” ----Thomas Jefferson


“One single object.. . [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.” ----Thomas Jefferson


“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” --—Thomas Jefferson


“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” --—Thomas Jefferson


“The construction applied.. .to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power.. .ought not to be construed as themselves to give unlimited powers, nor a part to be so taken as to destroy the whole residue of that instrument.” -----Thomas Jefferson


“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare.” —Thomas Jefferson


“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.” --—Thomas Jefferson


“His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man.” ---—Thomas Jefferson on George Washington.


“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” -—Thomas Jefferson.


“If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” --—Thomas Jefferson


“We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” —Thomas Jefferson


“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” --—Thomas Jefferson


“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” -----Thomas Jefferson


“Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.” --—Thomas Jefferson


To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order 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. --—Thomas Jefferson


“In every. question of. construction 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 used against it, conform to the one in which it was passed.” —Thomas Jefferson


“The duty of an upright administration is to pursue its course steadily, to know nothing of these family dissentions,.and to cherish the good principles of both parties.” —Thomas Jefferson


“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted...--• --Thomas Jefferson


“If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send 150 lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?” —Thomas Jefferson


“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson


“Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.” ----Thomas Jefferson


“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?” ----- Thomas Jefferson


“One single object...[will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.” —Thomas Jefferson


“It is a very dangerous doctrine to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions. It is which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” —Thomas Jefferson


“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbid dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson.



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