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15 Thomas Jefferson Quotes to Get You Riled and Inspired

Because it seems like a good time for a little reminder, a good time for a little gratitude, and a good time for a little revival, we decided to post 15 Thomas Jefferson quotes, some familiar and some a little more obscure, to get us all a little more fired up for freedom.


by Luke, Loyal 9 Staff

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One of God’s most generous and desirable gifts to us, his children, is that of choice. Inherited from Him comes this right to be agents unto ourselves. It is our birthright.


Wise and inspired men were raised up to the very purpose of forming a new and unique government, with powers and a duty to preserve it—a government with no other power or duty or purpose. The founders persistently warned us though, that only an informed and vigilant people could protect this government from those who would SURELY subvert it.


Each of us must determine again and again to be one of the informed and vigilant people, for inasmuch as freedom IS OUR inalienable right, it is not self-sustaining and it is not self-perpetuating. And one cannot long retain something that he or she does not understand, nor appreciate.



"You only have the freedoms you are willing to fight and die for."


"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."


"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty."


"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."


"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."


"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."


"When the people fear their government, there is Tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is Liberty."


"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."


"Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction."


"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."


"For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate error so long as reason is free to combat it."


"On the altar of God, I pledge undying hostility to any government restrictions on the free minds of the people."


"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrations), too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery."


"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."


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




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Linda
CA
20 Apr 2014
at 03:44PM

Such clarity of mind--oh, for it to be blessed upon the masses!--before it is too late.


This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or the revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.

- Abraham Lincoln




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