Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

First Principles: Falsehood of the Tongue Leads To That of the Heart

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it … Continue reading

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First Principles: We All Agree In the Obligation of the Moral Principles of Jesus and Nowhere Will They Be found Delivered In Greater Purity Than In His Discourses

“We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and Nowhere Will They Be Found Delivered In Greater Purity Than In His Discourses.” – Thomas Jefferson    

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First Principles: Only Aim To Do Your Duty And Mankind Will Give You Credit Where You Fail

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Essential Principles Of Our Government Are Equal and Exact Justice To All Whatever Persuasion

“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)    

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First Principles: We Must Keep United To Attain Our Objectives Or Become An Easy Conquest

“If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely … Continue reading

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First Principles: Those Born In Other Countries Have the Right To Join American Society As Long As They 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 … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is Hope That Younger Generations Impressed With the Flame of Liberty Will Sympathize With the Oppressed Wherever Found

“I had always hoped that the younger generation receiving their early impressions after the flame of liberty had been kindled in every breast … would have sympathized with oppression wherever found, and proved their love of liberty beyond their own … Continue reading

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First Principles: Though We Seek Peace, It Is Our Necessity To Provide For Defense By All Means

“Although our prospect is peace, our policy and purpose are to provide for defense by all those means to which our resources are competent.” – Thomas Jefferson      

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First Principles: When War Is Required, We Must Meet Our Duty To Convince the World That We are Just Friends and Brave Enemies

“Whensoever hostile aggressions…require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.” – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Andrew Jackson (December 3, 1806)   It’s been going on for quite some … Continue reading

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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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