Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Words to the members of my government

Words to the members of my government

All quotes said by Thomas Jefferson.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

"The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. "

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive."

"No government ought to be without censors & where the press is free, no one ever will."

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."

"He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors."

"It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong."

"Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society."

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

"One man with courage is a majority."

"I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. "

"In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty."

"Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence."

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

"Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe."