Thursday, February 17, 2011

Quote of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

"To preserve independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers."

~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Kercheval, 1816


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  2. Here's one I like by Ben Franklin (TSA may not like this!):

    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

  3. Moneycone,

    The Franklin quote is a good one and I've used it before.... and I'm with you that TSA probably wouldn't like it. Though the Jefferson quote is a little long winded, it seemed appropriate to the current financial mess the feds and many of the states find themselves in.

  4. It is amazing how much foresight they had!

  5. "It is amazing how much foresight they had!"

    They'd been through it before several times.