Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

First Principles: Dependence Begets Subservience and Venality

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” – Thomas Jefferson (1781)    

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First Principles: The Abolition of Slavery Is the Great Object of Desire In Our Early Republic

“The abolition of domestic slavery is the great object of desire in those colonies, where it was unhappily introduced in their infant state.” – Thomas Jefferson On July 1, 2019, Charlottesville stripped it’s celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birth from its holidays … Continue reading

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First Principles: Once A Republic Is Corrupted, The Only Remedy Is to Remove the Corruption and Restore Its Lost Principles

“When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.” – Thomas Jefferson   … Continue reading

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First Principles: Nothing Stops the Man With the Right Mental Attitude; Nothing Helps the Man Who Does Not

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”  – Thomas Jefferson      

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First Principles: Honesty Is the First Chapter In the Book of Wisdom

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson      

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First Principles: Happy Fourth of July!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson, in The Declaration of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Power In Our Republic Is To Be Bound By the Chains of the Constitution

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson (1798)    

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First Principles: Public Fund Expenditures Must Be Fully Accounted For

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” – Thomas Jefferson (1808)      

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First Principles: Legal Immigrants Are Welcome To Join American Society and Conform To Our Established Rules

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules.” —Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

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First Principles: Civilization Teaches Us To Respect The Right For Women To Enjoy Their Natural Equality To Men

“It is civilization alone which replaces women in the enjoyment of their natural equality. That first teaches us to subdue the selfish passions, and to respect those rights in others which we value in ourselves.” – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the … Continue reading

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