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Quotes of the Day for 13 April 2002 – Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was born at Shadwell, among the hills of Virginia, on this day in 1743. At a White House gathering of advisors, Jack Kennedy remarked, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." By far my favorite among the founding fathers, I could as easily have chosen to send a hundred of his quotes as this half dozen.

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The quotes:

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
     - Letter to William Ludlow, 1824

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

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

The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
     - Today's quotes are all from Thomas Jefferson, 1743 - 1826


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