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Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment...But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.


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If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the o...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity
THOMAS JEFFERSON
A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or pa...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as ...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Peace with all nations, and the right which that gives us with respect to all nations, are our objec...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of ...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Health is worth more than learning.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong
THOMAS JEFFERSON
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselve...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of ...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
I believe that justice is instinct and innate, the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
I never told my religion nor scrutinize that of another. I never attempted to make a convert nor wis...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
No nation was ever drunk when wine was cheap.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Is it the Fourth?
THOMAS JEFFERSON
My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war--and I hope it is practicable, by impro...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Monuments of the safety with which errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to ...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Taste cannot be controlled by law.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but i...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of goo...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservat...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence o...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have,...
THOMAS JEFFERSON
I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
THOMAS JEFFERSON
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
THOMAS JEFFERSON