Posts Tagged ‘Letters of Thomas Jefferson’

Quote of the day, Sept. 17

September 17, 2016

Thomas Jefferson, on constitutional power and education (letter to W.C. Jarvis, 1820)

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves ; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 6

August 6, 2016

Thomas Jefferson, on history (from Letters of Thomas Jefferson)

“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.”