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First Principles: I Place Economy Among the First and Most Important of Republican Virtues, and Public Debt As the Greatest of the Dangers To Be Feared

“I … place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” – Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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First Principles: The Most Sacred of the Duties of A Government Is To Do Equal and Impartial Justice To All Citizens

“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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First Principles: The Care of Human Life and Happiness, and Not Their Destruction, Is the First and Only Legitimate Object of Good Government

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson (1809)

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First Principles: I Like the Dreams of the Future Better Than the History of the Past

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” – Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: If You Want Something You’ve Never Had, You Must Be Willing To Do Something You’ve Never done

“if you want something you’ve never had, you must be wiling to do something you’ve never done.” –-Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: It Is of Great Importance To Set A Resolution, Not To Be Shaken, Never To Tell An Untruth

“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: 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 Place Economy Among the First and Most Important of Republican Virtues, and Public Debt As the Greatest of the Dangers To Be Feared

“I … place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Plumer, 1816

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First Principles: Natural Rights Are the Objects For the Protection of Which Society Is Formed and Municipal Laws Established

“Natural rights [are] the objects for the protection of which society is formed and municipal laws established.” – Thomas Jefferson (1791)

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First Principles: I Never Considered A Difference of Opinion In Politics, In Religion, In Philosophy, As A Cause For Withdrawing From A Friend

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson

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