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"A slight acquaintance with them will suffice to show you that, under the most imposing exterior, they are the weakest and worst part of mankind."  (Thomas Jefferson, his opinion of the French)

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."  (Thomas Jefferson, to Archibald Stuart, 1791)

"It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness."  (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)

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."  (Thomas Jefferson)

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