Saturday, December 20, 2008

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

I was recently sent these quotes in an e-mail. Jefferson seemed to have a really good understanding of government. Many of the things in the struggle for freedom that Jefferson alluded to have become reality in America.

Jefferson in some cases could be called a prophet:

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

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

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.

This is a very interesting quote in light of the current financial situation. Thomas Jefferson said this 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 conquered.


Anonymous said...

Why there are no noble men like Jefferson among politics nowadays?

Is it about time for "The tree of liberty ... be refreshed ... with the blood of patriots and tyrants" ?

Anonymous said...

I believe the time is now and we are missing our opportunity.

JungleJoe said...

There is, Ron Paul. Liberty or Die. The guy is talking about opening the FED! That didn't work out too well for JFK, but he is doing it and our country is doing everything in it's power to keep it from us.

Anonymous said...

The last one is not a Jefferson quote.

Hehasnoname said...

Wow... today's society has done the complete opposite of nearly EVERY SINGLE ONE of these quotes.

Jeremiah Williams said...

How can anyone call Jefferson a noble man, he supported racism. Jefferson is worse off than the men who cheat on their wives, take bribes and play too many politics in our current day society.

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