Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Other Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Much, too much, has been made of the PRIVATE letter of Thomas Jefferson as to the "wall between church and state". Perhaps all should not the following, OTHER, quotes from that founder's statements.

The democracy will cease to exist
when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Thomas Jefferson


It is incumbent on every
generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would save
one-half the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson


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.

Thomas Jefferson


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


No free man shall ever be debarred
the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson


The strongest reason for the
people to retain the right to keep and bear arms
is, as a last resort, to protect themselves
against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson


The tree of liberty must be
refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson


To compel a man to subsidize with
his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson

. President Thomas Jefferson's note on the interpretation of the Constitution: "On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to to the probable one in which it was passed.

3 comments:

Bonum, Verum, Pulchrum said...

The great Jefferson has rolled over in his grave and puked at the current situation.

Anonymous said...

Well the real Jefferson would have rolled over, looked at his black mistress, and wondered if he could hold off his creditors for a few weeks if he sold a few slaves. More worship of dead ideas wrapped in the names of dead men.

James Pawlak said...

Let's see: One identifiable writer who notes the truth and an Anonymous creature who spreads lies. The best evidence is that the Black (?) children of a Jefferson were fathered by Thomas' brother.

Dead "ideas"? Show up in my sights for a moment and, for a VERY short time you will know that his ideas still live.