Statesman and President, Thomas Jefferson

Looking back at a few of Thomas Jefferson's quotable quotes, it appears that this founding father was more than a statesman...he may have been a prophet. Many of his thoughts, so well stated, are timeless and apply today.

Some worthy points that may one day be considered truths self evident:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest
minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:

"This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one
time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

Quotes from Thomas Jefferson:

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall
become as corrupt as Europe.

--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.
--Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

'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


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