A friend sent me several quotes attributed to our third President, Thomas Jefferson. Google “Thomas Jefferson quotes” and you’ll find many more sources. The quotes printed below were selected from: BrainyQuote.Com. Though written over 200 years ago, they hold true today. The last two speak particularly to our current government. The first presents the age old problem and the second, a road to resolution.
Quotes from Thomas Jefferson:
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
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.
A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.
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.
An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.