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VIDEO: Thomas Jefferson - Mini Biography


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Quote 269 details Share on Google+ - Quote 269 Linked In Share Button - Quote 269 There are two Passions which have a powerful Influence in the Affairs of Men. These are Ambition and Avarice; the Love of Power, and the Love of Money. Separately each of these has great Force in prompting Men to Action; but when united in View of the same Object, they have in many Minds the most violent Effect. Place before the Eyes of such Men a [Post] of Honor that shall at the same time be a Place of Profit, and they will move Heaven and Earth to obtain it.

Benjamin Franklin: Convention Speech on Salaries (unpublished) June 2, 1787

Quote 285 details Share on Google+ - Quote 285 Linked In Share Button - Quote 285 Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you... From the practice of the purest virtue, you may be assured you will derive the most sublime comforts in every moment of life, and in the moment of death.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785

Quote 332 details Share on Google+ - Quote 332 Linked In Share Button - Quote 332 If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.

James Madison: letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792

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Let the influx of money be ever so great, if there be no confidence, property will sink in value.... The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.

James Monroe: Speech, Virginia Convention, June 20, 1788
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Quote 584 details Share on Google+ - Quote 584 Linked In Share Button - Quote 584 By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.

Benjamin Rush: Unknown

Quote 688 details Share on Google+ - Quote 688 Linked In Share Button - Quote 688 And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the priciple of spending money to be paid by posterity, uner the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to John Taylor 28 May 1816

Quote 704 details Share on Google+ - Quote 704 Linked In Share Button - Quote 704 I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.

James Madison: 4 Annals of Congress 179 (1794)

Quote 919 details Share on Google+ - Quote 919 Linked In Share Button - Quote 919 the maxim of buying nothing without the money in our pocket to pay for it, would make our country one of the happiest upon earth. Experience during the war proved this; as I think every man will remember that under all the privations it obliged him to submit to during that period he slept sounder, and awaken happier than he can do now. Desperate of finding relief from a free course of justice, I look forward to the abolition of all credit as the only other remedy which can take place.


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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 public moneys.

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We are endeavoring, too, to reduce the government to the practice of a rigorous economy, to avoid burdening the people, and arming the magistrate with a patronage of money, which might be used to corrupt and undermine the principles of our government.


Quote 991 details Share on Google+ - Quote 991 Linked In Share Button - Quote 991 Taxation to a certain point is not only proper but useful, because by stimulating the industry of individuals it increases the wealth of the Community. But when Taxes go so far as to intrench on the subsistence of the people they become burdensome and oppressive. The expenditures of money ought in such case to be (if possible) avoided, and if unavoidable, it will be most wise to have recourse to loans

Robert Morris: letter to Alexander Martin, July 20, 1782

Quote 994 details Share on Google+ - Quote 994 Linked In Share Button - Quote 994 For Taxes, operate two ways towards the increase of National Wealth. First they stimulate industry to provide the means of payment, secondly they encourage economy so far as to avoid the purchase of unnecessary things and keep money in readiness for the Tax gatherer.

Robert Morris: letter to Alexander Martin, July 20, 1782

Quote 1202 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1202 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1202 Much of our time is employed in raising Men, making Cannon, Muskets & money, finding out ways & means of supplying our Troops with Cloaths, provisions & ammunition.

Quote 1321 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1321 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1321 I think the difference is very great. An external tax is a duty laid on commodities imported; that duty is added to the first cost, and other charges on the commodity, and when it is offered to sale, makes a part of the price. If the people do not like it at that price, they refuse it; they are not obliged to pay it. But an internal tax is forced from the people without their consent, if not laid by their own representatives. The Stamp Act says, we shall have no commerce, make no exchange of property with each other, neither purchase nor grant, nor recover debts; we shall neither marry nor make our wills, unless we pay such sums, and thus it is intended to extort our money from us, or ruin us by the consequences of refusing to pay for it.

Benjamin Franklin: Examination of Dr. Benjamin Franklin in the House of Commons - 1766

Quote 1379 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1379 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1379 Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, Feb 21, 1825


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