Front: Thomas Jefferson, Third President, United States of America, April 13, 1743, July 4, 1826, Member Virginia House of Burgessess, Delegate First Continental Congress, Author Declaration of Independence, Second Governor Commonwealth of Virginia.
Back: “In questions of power, let us hear no more of trust in men, but rather bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.”
“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm basis; a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?”
“It is error alone which needs the force of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”