The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon. --George Washington
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. --Thomas Jefferson
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. --Patrick Henry
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. --Thomas Jefferson
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. --Thomas Jefferson
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence. --Thomas Jefferson
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. --Thomas Jefferson
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. --Thomas Jefferson
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government. --Thomas Jefferson
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. --Thomas Jefferson
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. --Thomas Jefferson
Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people. --Thomas Jefferson
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. --Thomas Jefferson
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. --Thomas Jefferson
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. --Thomas Jefferson
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. --Thomas Jefferson
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. --Thomas Jefferson
Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? --Patrick Henry
The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.
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. --Thomas Jefferson
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! --Patrick Henry
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. --Thomas Jefferson
The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.