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

“This 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: The Principle 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: 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

“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: This Was the Object of the Declaration of Independence…To Place Before Mankind…the Common Sense of…the American Mind…Harmonizing the Sentiments of the Day

“This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common … Continue reading

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First Principles:

“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: To Secure These Rights, Governments Are Instituted Among Mankind, Deriving Their Just Powers From the Consent of the Governed

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” – Thomas Jefferson, in The Declaration of Independence

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First Principles: I Had Always Hoped That the Younger Generation…After the Flame of Liberty Had Been Kindled In Every Breast…Would Have Sympathized With Oppression 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: Sometimes It Is Said That Man Cannot Be Trusted With Government of Himself. Can He, Then, Be Trusted With the Government of Others?

“Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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First Principles: In Our Private Pursuits It Is A Great Advantage That Every Honest Employment Is Deemed Honorable

“In our private pursuits it is a great advantage that every honest employment is deemed honorable.” – Thomas Jefferson (1795)

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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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