Thomas Jefferson’s “Thoughts on Government, Newspapers, and the Banking system.”

I was looking for something else and came across these quotes from Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. Thought others might enjoying reading his thoughts.

“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”  Thomas Jefferson

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”  Thomas Jefferson


“All authority belongs to the people.”  Thomas Jefferson

“It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.”  Thomas Jefferson

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

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”  Thomas Jefferson

“Every man wishes to pursue his occupation and to enjoy the fruits of his labours and the produce of his property in peace and safety, and with the least possible expense. When these things are accomplished, all the objects for which government ought to be established are answered.”  Thomas Jefferson
“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” Thomas Jefferson
“I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.” Thomas Jefferson
“Advertisements contain the only truth to be relied on in a newspaper.” Thomas Jefferson “Ouch!”
“Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson
Enjoy and let me know what you think. Does our government today even remotely resemble what the founding fathers had in mind when they framed the constitution? DThrash

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