On this day, 273 year ago, one of America's most visionary founding fathers - Thomas Jefferson - was born. To celebrate his birthday, we are sharing a small sample of some of his most prophetic quotes which are perhaps more relevant today than they have ever been in the history of the United States.
On liberty - Thomas Jefferson letter to Isaac Tiffany, April 4, 1819
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’; because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.
On banks as the biggest threat to liberty - Thomas Jefferson letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816
If the American People ever allow the banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers occupied. The issuing power of money should be taken from the bankers and restored to Congress and the people to whom it belongs. I sincerely believe the banking institutions having the issuing power of money are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies.
On the dominion of banks - Thomas Jefferson letter to James Monroe, January 1, 1815
The dominion which the banking institutions have obtained over the minds of our citizens...must be broken, or it will break us.
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