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Eternal Vigilance

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I know it has been some time since you made your post. But I found that particular quote on, it is from Jefferson's First Inaugural Address, Paragraph 3, "Let us, then, with courage and confidence pursue our own Federal and Republican principles, our attachment to union and representative government. Kindly separated by nature and a wide ocean from the exterminating havoc of one quarter of the globe; too high-minded to endure the degradations of the others; possessing a chosen country, with room enough for our descendants to the thousandth and thousandth generation; entertaining a due sense of our equal right to the use of our own faculties, to the acquisitions of our own industry, to honor and confidence from our fellow-citizens, resulting not from birth, but from our actions and their sense of them; enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man; acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter—with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow-citizens—a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities."


I love this because Jefferson artfully articulates ideas in one or two sentences which would normally take me paragraphs to explain! Plus I love dragging these into conversations; Jefferson makes me look good.


This is an excellent place to check out the accuracy of the many chain emails that allegedly contain Jefferson's quotes. Just gotta take the time.


This page is a great resource to find Jefferson quotes -- sorted into helpful categories -- in one place. Too, since the Jefferson Encyclopedia is associated with the Jefferson Library, the accuracy and authenticity of the quotes is confirmed.


An invaluable and authoritative resource on what Jefferson really said and did not say. You could call it the “” for Jefferson quotes.


What did TJ say about….? Well, everything!

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