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Quotes of the Day for 13 April 2004 – Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was born at Shadwell, among the hills of Virginia, on this day in 1743. By far my favorite among the founding fathers, he is also one of my favorite authors of quotes. I could far easily have chosen to send a hundred than to pare it down to this half dozen.

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The quotes:

I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.

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

It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate - to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.

It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
     - All from Thomas Jefferson, 1743 - 1826

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