"IN GOD WE TRUST"
"He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing."
from his writings, 1758
"The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution."
Third President of the United States
"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom."
Defense of Constitutions, 1787
"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical."
The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, p. 663, by Thomas Jefferson, Edited by John P. Foley, Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York and London, 1900
"The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."
"There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."
I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing. I now deny their power of making paper money, or anything else a legal tender.
Letter to John Taylor in 1798, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, pp. 507-508, by Thomas Jefferson, Edited by John P. Foley, Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York and London, 1900
And I sincerely believe * * * that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
Letter to John Taylor in 1816, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, p. 750 by Thomas Jefferson, Edited by John P. Foley, Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York and London, 1900
Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the spot of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck.
Letter to James Smith, December 8, 1822
If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.
The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, p. 386, by Thomas Jefferson, Edited by John P. Foley, Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York and London, 1900
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
letter written to Dr. Benjamin Rush on September 23, 1800
Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.
On the Education of Youth in America, 1788
And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Farewell Address, 1796
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."
"The only foundation for... a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. "
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves"
Richard Henry Lee
writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic , Letter XVIII, May, 1788.
"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them."
Elliot's Debates, vol. 3 "The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution."
"the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms"
Philadelphia Federal Gazette
June 18, 1789, Pg. 2, Col. 2
Article on the Bill of Rights
"They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
"What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."
to James Madison
"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference e€” they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
First President of the United States
"The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
The Federalist Papers at 184-8
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
Richard Henry Lee
American Statesman, 1788
"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
Third President of the United States
"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;"
letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia 's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
Stock dealers and banking companies, by the aid of a paper system, are enriching themselves to the ruin of our country, and swaying the government by their possession of the printing presses, which their wealth commands and by any other means, not always honorable to the character of our countrymen.
Letter to Arthur Campbell in 1797, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, p. 670 by Thomas Jefferson, Edited by John P. Foley, Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York and London, 1900
"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms;"
quoted in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, August 20, 1789, "Propositions submitted to the Convention of this State"
In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.
Letter to the Legislature of Massachusetts, January 17, 1794
Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.
to Benjamin Rush, April 18, 1808
It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression ... that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; ... working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.
to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821
His example is now complete, and it will teach wisdom and virtue to magistrates, citizens, and men, not only in the present age, but in future generations, as long as our history shall be read.
Message to the U.S. Senate on George Washington's death, December 19, 1799
As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.
Common Sense, 1776
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