Category Archives: Thomas Jefferson

Without Books

I cannot live without books. Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams (June 10, 1815), quoted in What Liberals Believe, page 164, edited by William Martin Advertisements

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Banking Establishments Are More Dangerous

I sincerely believe…that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Taylor (May 28, 1816), quoted in What Liberals Believe, page 132, edited by William Martin

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Selfish Spirit of Commerce

The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country and feels no passion or principle but that of gain. Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Larkin Smith, 1809, quoted in What Liberals Believe, page 72, edited by William Martin

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A Little Rebellion

I like a little rebellion now and then. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. Thomas Jefferson, 1786, after Shay’s Rebellion

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