The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 第 10 卷
Issued under the auspices of the Thomas Jefferson memorial association of the United States, 1903 - 479 頁
Volume five in the 20-book set of writings from Thomas Jefferson, this text includes the letters the president wrote while in Europe from 1784 until his return to the United States in 1789. This volume also includesJefferson as a Citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, an essay by Andrew J. Montague, Governor of Virginia.
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第 312 頁 - ... it impossible that France and the United States can continue long friends, when they meet in so irritable a position. They, as well as we, must be blind if they do not see this ; and we must be very improvident if we do not begin to make arrangements on that hypothesis. The day that France takes possession of New Orleans, fixes the sentence which is to restrain her forever within her low-water mark. It seals the union of two nations, who, in conjunction, can maintain exclusive possession of the...
第 vi 頁 - In every government on earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of corruption and degeneracy, which cunning will discover, and wickedness insensibly open, cultivate and improve. Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves therefore are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.
第 ii 頁 - A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
第 311 頁 - It completely reverses all the political relations of the United States, and will form a new epoch in our political course.
第 iv 頁 - I think the best remedy is exactly that provided by all our constitutions, to leave to the citizens the free election and separation of the aristoi from the pseudoaristoi, of the wheat from the chaff. In general they will elect the really good and wise. In some instances, wealth may corrupt, and birth blind them; but not in sufficient degree to endanger the society.
第 415 頁 - Louisiana, as ceded by France to the United States, is made a part of the United States ; its white inhabitants shall be citizens, and stand, as to their rights and obligations, on the same footing with other citizens of the United States, in analogous situations.
第 342 頁 - If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
第 217 頁 - A just and solid republican government maintained here, will be a standing monument and example for the aim and imitation of the people of other countries; and I join with you in the hope and belief that they will see from our example, that a free government is of all others the most energetic...
第 168 頁 - ... concerns only, and let our affairs be disentangled from those of all other nations, except as to commerce, which the merchants will manage the better, the more they are left free to manage for themselves, and our General Government may be reduced to a very simple organization, and a very unexpensive one ; a few plain duties to be performed by a few servants.