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First Principles: It Is Error Alone Which Needs the Support of Government. Truth Can Stand By Itself.

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” – Thomas Jefferson (1781)

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First Principles: I Think All the World Would Gain By Setting Commerce At Perfect Liberty

“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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First Principles: Were It Left To Me To Decide If We Should Have A Government Without Newspapers, Or Newspapers Without A Government, I Should Not Hesitate A Moment To Prefer the Latter

“Were it left to me to decide if we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: Falsehood of the Tongue Leads To That of the Heart, and In Time Depraves All Its Good Disposition

“Falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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First Principles: Newspapers…Serve As Chimneys To Carry Off Noxious Vapors and Smoke

“Newspapers … serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” – Thomas Jefferson (1802)

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First Principles: The Greatest Good We Can Do Our Country Is To Heal Its Party Divisions and Make Them One People

“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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First Principles: One Single Object Will Merit the Endless Gratitude of the Society: That of Restraining the Judges From Usurping Legislation

“One single object … [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Livingston, 1825

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First Principles: The Great Principles of Right and Wrong Are Legible To Every Reader; To Pursue Them Requires Not the Aid of Many Counselors

“The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors.” – Thomas Jefferson (1775)

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First Principles: The Principles of Spending Money To Be Paid By Posterity, Under the Name of Funding, Is But Swindling Futurity On A Large Scale

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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First Principles: All the Authority of the Declaration of Independence rests… On the Harmonizing Sentiments of the Day, Whether Expressed In Conversation, In Letters, Printed Essays, Or In the Elementary Books of Public Right, As Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney, et al

“All [the] authority [of the Declaration of Independence] rests … on the harmonizing sentiments of the day, whether expressed in conversation, in letters, printed essays, or in the elementary books of public right, as Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney, … ” – Thomas … Continue reading

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