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Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States.

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  • "Justice is the fundamental law of society." - Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1816.
  • "The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them." - Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1821.
  • "All power is inherent in the people." - Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright, 1824.
  • "An equal application of law to every condition of man is fundamental." - Thomas Jefferson to George Hay, 1807.
  • "The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind." - Thomas Jefferson: Reply to Address, 1790.
  • "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." - Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787.
  • "Nothing... is unchangeable but the inherent and inalienable rights of man." - Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright, 1824.
  • "Lethargy is the forerunner of death to the public liberty." - Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787.
  • "No one nation has a right to sit in judgment over another." - Thomas Jefferson: Opinion, 1793.
  • "Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance." - Thomas Jefferson: Legal Argument, 1770.
  • "The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood." - Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807.
  • "I subscribe to the principle, that the will of the majority honestly expressed should give law." - Thomas Jefferson: Anas, 1793.
  • "Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." - Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816.
  • "Every man, and every body of men on earth, possesses the right of self-government. They receive it with their being from the hand of nature. Individuals exercise it by their single will; collections of men by that of their majority; for the law of the majority is the natural law of every society of men." - Thomas Jefferson: Opinion, Residence Bill, 1790.
  • "We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals, our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties." - Thomas Jefferson: 2nd Inaugural, 1805.