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Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
Thomas Jefferson

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.
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One man with courage is a majority.
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There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
Thomas Jefferson

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While
this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to
the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body
and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of
your walks.
Thomas Jefferson

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
Thomas Jefferson

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
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Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being
lost.
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Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
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It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.
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He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
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Occasionally the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
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Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.
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Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more
approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
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I cannot live without books.
Thomas Jefferson

The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness.
Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.
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When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people
there is liberty.
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Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Thomas Jefferson

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 grow up around them will deprive
the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent they
conquered.
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The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and
misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these
calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives.
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The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
Thomas Jefferson

Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For not one of us, no,
not one, is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfection, this world would be a
desert for our love.
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I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men
whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of
thinking for myself.
Thomas Jefferson

Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.
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It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
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The moral sense, or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or arm. It is given to all
human beings in a stronger or weaker degree, as force of members is given them in a greater
or less degree. It may be strengthened by exercise, as may any particular limb of the body.
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A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many.
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We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority
who participate.
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All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to
frequent or maintain any religious institution.
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He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and
errors.
Thomas Jefferson

An insult unpunished is the parent of many others.
Thomas Jefferson

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.
Thomas Jefferson

Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.
Thomas Jefferson

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