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Thomas Jefferson Leadership

The best government is …. what?

"… the way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to ... "

What does THAT building do for YOU?

"... how is a taste in this beautiful art to be formed in our countrymen ...? … You see I am an enthusiast on the subject of the arts. But it is an enthusiasm of which I am not ... "

Angry bulls ahead! Stand aside!

"There are two classes of disputants ... young students ... [and] ill-tempered and rude men in society who have taken up a passion for politics … keep aloof … Be a listener only ... no good can ever result from any attempt to set one of these fiery zealots ... "

Which describes you? Do you hope … or fear?

"why should we forbid ourselves to believe that some day or other, some circumstance may gather you also to our little society, & renew the recollections of former scenes very dear to our memory. hope is so much more ... "

Rogues! Scoundrels! Beware! Be gone!

" ... But I have always found that rogues would be uppermost ... who, rising above the swinish multitude, always contrive to nestle themselves into the places of power & profit. These rogues set out with stealing the people's good opinion, and then steal from them ... "

Don’t get stuck on stupid!

"Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding, and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in ... "

Luxury, drinking and whores! Oh, my!

"But why send an American youth to Europe for education? … he learns drinking, horse racing and boxing … acquires a fondness for European luxury and dissipation, and … is led by the strongest of all the human passions, into a spirit for ... "

What do all laborers need most on Labor Day?

... with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? ... a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men ... shall leave them ... and shall not take from ... This is the sum of good government, and ...

How do the poor people live?

- Wise leaders seek to understand people and their situations. Jefferson was on a long walk to a neighboring village in France when he encountered this woman. He was always interested in how people lived, so he questioned her as they walked on together. She was all-too-representative of the European poor who had nothing ...

Were you this clever at age 16?

Thomas Jefferson's Leadership SIR, -- I was at Colo. Peter Randolph's about a Fortnight ago, & my Schooling falling into Discourse, he said he thought it...

Can I get an “Amen!,” somebody?

Thomas Jefferson's Leadership The earth belongs always to the living generation. They may manage it, and what proceeds from it, as they please, during their...

Are you strict …. or loose? Does it make any difference?

Thomas Jefferson's Leadership The Constitution says, “Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, &c., provide...