Sunday, July 24, 2011


The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

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

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
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  1. Wow. Pretty insightful and wise - These Thomas Jefferson quotes are pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Thomas Jefferson was quite the wise man. Now if you could just get all the politicians to read these and take a good hard look at themselves. I'm sure they don't care but just saying

  3. Tyrants. Every one of them.

    Hope your Sunday is swell, Sandee! Big hugs xoxo

  4. Where are these guys when you really need them?

  5. yes but then he went and had those pesky six children with his slave and all... politicians! buggers!

    smiles, bee

  6. Brilliant man! But I'm laughing at Bee's comment. So true.

    Big hugs, honey...

  7. great immortal speech!
    have a great Sunday!

  8. I guess things just never change but he sure did have the insight and some good ideas. Anyway, thanks Sandee for the really thoughtful post. Love it

  9. The more things change the more they stay the same.

  10. Brilliant man. Too bad nobody listens to these guys anymore. I kept looking for the punchline. Sadly, I didn't get the punchline until I turned on the TV News this morning. I didn't feel much like laughing.

  11. It took a Jimmy Carter to make a Ronald Reagan


  12. Thomas Jefferson sounds like a great man, a wise man who had his finger on the pulse of how things really are, way back in the day. We need people with vision in government, not these crooks and free loaders that we currently have!

  13. "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes." Just like a politician, doesn't heed his own advice.

    Jefferson was personally in debt to his eyeballs and only 20 years after his death did his grandson finally pay it off.

  14. the banking institutions certainly have been that indeed.

  15. Oh that last one is truer than true! This is not only wisom but prophecy

  16. Thankeez for the inspiration..needed it big time!:( HUGS!

  17. Better luck next time?

  18. He was a wise man indeed

    Have a great week ;-)

  19. Rofl! @ Miss Bee!!!!

    Sadly so true, if only we could learn from our own mistakes, we might be in a better situation right now.

    Hope you and the Hubby had a great week! I really enjoyed my staycation. Megan is well again, and it's time to get back to work.

    Life is good!

  20. It seems that Thomas Jefferson predicted our future. We've forgotten all his lessons and our country has become just like the countries that our ancestors fled here to get away from.

    How long until we wake up?

  21. Early government seems to have understood perfectly the reasoning behind having government better than today's politicians.

  22. What a great founding father we had
    in Thomas Jefferson. His intuition
    about the history of the world
    and how it will affect the future of our nation was right on the money.

    Will there be another Patriot who will appear and help assist this nation out of the disaster we are currently experiencing.

    God, save our nation!!!


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