• “I should consider the speeches of Livy, Sallust, and Tacitus, as preeminent specimens of logic, taste and that sententious brevity which, using not a word to spare, leaves not a moment for inattention to the hearer. Amplification is the vice of modern oratory.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1824)
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  • “[T]he true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers. This is most safely gathered from the words, but may be sought also in extraneous circumstances provided they do not contradict the express words of the law.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1808)
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  • “Excessive taxation … will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1798)
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  • “Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing. And that you may be always doing good, my dear, is the ardent prayer of yours affectionately.” ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Martha Jefferson, 5 May 1787
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  • “It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” ~Thomas Jefferson (1781)
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  • “[T]he true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1808)
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  • “It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1821)
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  • “[T]o preserve the republican form and principles of our Constitution and cleave to the salutary distribution of powers which that [the Constitution] has established … are the two sheet anchors of our Union. If driven from either, we shall be in danger of foundering.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1823)
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  • “One single object … [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1825)
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  • “The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1808)
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