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Posted by on Dec 23, 2006 in At TMV | 5 comments

Literary Quote of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

Today’s literary quote of the day is from Thomas Jefferson‘s Notes on the State of Virginia:

The error seems not sufficiently eradicated, that the operations of the mind, as well as the acts of the body, are subject to the coercion of the laws. But our rulers can have authority over such natural rights only as we have submitted to them. The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to our God.The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god.

Perhaps something Goode jr. should keep in mind.

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