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Thomas Jefferson quote #139 from Adams-Jefferson Letters

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance of morbid minds enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both. We are destined to be a barrier against the returns of ignorance and barbarism. Old Europe will have to lean on our shoulders and to hobble along by our side under the monkish trammels of priests and kings as she can. What a Colossus shall we be when the Southern continent comes up to our mark What a stand will it secure as a ralliance for the reason freedom of the globe I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. So good night. I will dream on always fancying that Mrs Adams and yourself are by my side marking the progress and the obliquities of ages and countries.
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