Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

First Principles: The Happiest Moments Come From Family

“…(T)he happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have past at home in the bosom of my family. “ – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Francis Willis, April 18, 1790    

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First Principles: On the Importance of Accountability

“[M]an is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.” – Thomas Jefferson (1823)      

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First Principles: Abuse of the Press Cheapens Its Usefulness

“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and … Continue reading

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First Principles: Action On Issues Creates Enemies

“Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two sides to every question, and taking one with decision, and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile in proportion as … Continue reading

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First Principles: Religious Liberty

Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer.  Because of this I took a little time off to do just that.  There can be no more worthy a pursuit than to pray and meditate on the state of the United States … Continue reading

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First Principles: Interests Are Inseparable From Moral Duties

“We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties, and history bears witness to the fact that a just nation … Continue reading

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First Principles: What Makes for Great Speech

“I should consider the speeches of Livy, Sallust, and Tacitus, as preeminent specimens of logic, taste and that sententious brevity which, using not a word to spare, leaves not a moment for inattention to the hearer. Amplification is the vice … Continue reading

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First Principles: Excessive Taxation

“Excessive taxation … will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.” – Thomas Jefferson (1798)

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