Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson.
"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."
--Thomas Jefferson

"One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them."
--Thomas Jefferson—

"A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit."
--Thomas Jefferson--

"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."
--Thomas Jefferson--

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."
--Thomas Jefferson--

"Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state."
--Thomas Jefferson--

"Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. 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 blindfolded fear."
--Thomas Jefferson--

"From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots."
--Thomas Jefferson--

"A strong body makes a mind strong. As to the exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the Body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind . . . Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."
--Thomas Jefferson August 1785--

"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--

"What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms."
-- Thomas Jefferson--

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."
--Thomas Jefferson--