Thomas Jefferson Quote

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.


Letter to Abigail Smith Adams from Paris while a Minister to France (22 February 1787), referring to Shay's Rebellion. "Jefferson's Service to the New Nation," Library of Congress [image] - Earlier drafts

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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when...

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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when...

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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when...

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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when...