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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (22 Vols., 1905)


To the Victor Belongs the Spoils

Letter to Monroe Explaining his Strategy for Political Appointments


He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him.

1785 Letter to Peter Carr


Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Letter to Dr. James Currie (January 28, 1786)


I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That "all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people."

The Writings of Thomas Jefferson "Memorial Edition" (20 Vols., 1903-04)


Delay is preferable to error.

 Letter to George Washington, 1792



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