The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.




The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. --Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Thomas Jefferson

Year: 1787
Context: Letter to William S. Smith
Tags: blood, natural manure, patriots and tyrants, tree of liberty

Notations:

And what country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon, and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

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