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Thomas Jefferson

1743-1826. Third president of the United States (1801-1809) and author of the Declaration of Independence.

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There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

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The advertisements are the most truthful part of a newspaper.

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The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.

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I cannot live without books.

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My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

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Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

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I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

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For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead...

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We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…

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Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

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