No experience has shown that a gift of perpetual revenue secures a perpetual return of duty or of kind disposition.


–Resolutions of Congress on Lord North’s Concilaiatory Proposal, February 20, 1775 The Quotable Jefferson



The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.

— Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782; The Quotable Jefferson