Thomas Jefferson quote about truth from Notes on the State of Virginia - It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
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It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
 Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1785). copy citation

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“In fact, the vortices have been exploded, and the Newtonian principle of gravitation is now more firmly established, on the basis of reason, than it would be were the government to step in, and to make it an article of necessary faith. Reason and experiment have been indulged, and error has fled before them. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors? Fallible men; men governed by bad passions, by private as well as public reasons. And why subject it to coercion? To produce uniformity.” source

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