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Thomas Jefferson: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will…”

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’; because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”

— Thomas Jefferson, in letter to Isaac H. Tiffany, April 4, 1819.

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