Timely Jefferson Quotes

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Wed, 2009-04-29 18:02

I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.

It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.

Every generation needs a new revolution.

"Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem."

[I prefer a dangerous freedom to a contented slavery.]

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.

Never spend your money before you have earned it.

The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.

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

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.


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