Thomas jefferson on patriotism the patriot like the christian must learn that to bear revilings and persecutions is a part of his duty. Thomas jefferson i hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them.
Patriotic quotes thomas jefferson. He was an ardent proponent of democracy and embraced the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual with worldwide influence. Its true origins are uncertain but the saying may have entered popular culture during the vietnam era. In matters of style swim with the current.
Thomas jefferson was an american founding father the principal author of the declaration of independence and the third president of the united states. What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Patriotism is not a short frenzied burst of emotion but the long and steady dedication of a lifetime.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government and what no just government should refuse. And in proportion as the trial is severe firmness under it becomes more requisite and praiseworthy thomas jefferson letter to james sullivan may 21 1805.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism is often attributed to thomas jefferson but to date we have found no evidence that he said or wrote this. Letter to william stephens smith 13 nov. Strength wisdom veterans day.
All quotes new quotes 3 constitution country liberty opinions patriotism politics religion more. In matters of principle. If what your country is doing seems to you practically and morally wrong is dissent the highest form of.
The earliest usage of the phrase we have found is in a 1961 publication the use of force in international affairs.