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First Principles: I Hope That We Shall Crush In Its Birth the Aristocracy of Our Monied Corporations Which Dare Already To Challenge Our Government To A Trial of Strength and Bid Defiance To the Laws of Our Country

“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: Abuses of the Press and Media Are So Important To Freedom and Science As to Be Deeply Regrettable As These Tend To Lessen Its Usefulness and To Sap Its Safety

“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: If We Can Prevent the Government From Wasting the Labors of the People, Under the Pretense of Taking Care of Them, They Must Become Happy

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson (1802)

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of Every Good Citizen To Use All the Opportunities Which Occur To Him, For Preserving Documents Relating To the History of Our Country

“It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country.” – Thomas Jefferson (1823)

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First Principles: 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, &c.” – Thomas Jefferson, … Continue reading

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First Principles: With Those Who Wish To Think Amiss of Me, I Have Learned To Be Perfectly Indifferent

“With those who wish to think amiss of me, I have learned to be perfectly indifferent; but where I know a mind to be ingenuous, and to need only truth to set it to rights, I cannot be passive.” – … Continue reading

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

“I place economy among the first and most important virtues and public debt as the greatest dangers to be feared.” – Thomas Jefferson      

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First Principles: We Must Make Our Election Between Economy and Liberty or Between Profusion and Servitude

“We must make our election between economy and Liberty, or profusion and servitude.” – Thomas Jefferson (1816)      

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First Principles: I’m A Great Believer In Luck and I Find the Harder I Work the More I Have of It

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” ― Thomas Jefferson      

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First Principles: In A Public Life, A Man Whose Political Principles Have Any Decided Character and…Energy…To Give Them Effect Must Expect Political Hostility

“I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.” – Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

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