“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I know of 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.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The government created by this new Constitution should be directed to securing the happiness of the people, for that alone is the legitimate end of government.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The freedom and happiness of man… This alone is legitimate government.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I consider the people who constitute a society or nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The equal rights of man and the happiness of every individual are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.” – Thomas Jefferson

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” – Thomas Jefferson

“A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it always to be kept alive.” – Thomas Jefferson MEAN PERSON QUOTES

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Every generation needs a new revolution.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Jefferson’s “empire of liberty” was built on the democratic principles of a truly free society.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The most effectual means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Government that governs least, governs best.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power, the greater it will be.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The course of history shows that as government grows, liberty decreases.” – Thomas Jefferson