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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried
They [preachers] dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his Father, in the womb of a virgin will be classified with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated Reformer of human errors.
The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper
That 150 lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected.
Our liberty depends upon the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of a bitter and bloody persecutions.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to Liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot.
I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose.
Doubts and jealousies often beget the facts they fear.
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A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.
In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.
Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.
Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give you a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honour.
It is a great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual, he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.