Thomas Jefferson about speech (“Notes on the State of Virginia”, 1785) - The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
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The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
 Thomas JeffersonNotes on the State of Virginia (1785). copy citation

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