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Quote 903 details Share on Google+ - Quote 903 Linked In Share Button - Quote 903 Reason first: You are a Virginian and a Virginian out to appear at the head of this business. Reason second: I am obnoxious, suspected and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason third: You can write tem times better than I can.

John Adams: to Thomas Jefferson on Thomas should draft The Declaration of Independence, 1776

Quote 908 details Share on Google+ - Quote 908 Linked In Share Button - Quote 908 I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816 (Inscription on the southeast quadrant of the Jefferson Memorial, the inscription omits some words without ellipses.)
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All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.


Quote 1006 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1006 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1006 Yes people, sir, is nothing but a great beast!

Alexander Hamilton: political argument with Thomas Jefferson - David S. Muzzey, An American History, p. 192 (1911)
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Quote 1072 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1072 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1072 Few escape from all the storms of life unwrecked; but few are cheered amid the tempest with the hopes of such a haven as that which you have reached.

Arthur Middleton: letter to Thomas Jefferson December 18, 1822

Quote 1073 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1073 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1073 A retirement consecrated to wisdom, and graced by the love of an admiring people. A lot of which kings would envy, if they could appreciate it.

Arthur Middleton: letter to Thomas Jefferson December 18, 1822

Quote 1092 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1092 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1092 I have sometimes asked myself whether my country is the better for my having lived at all? I do not know that it is. I have been the instrument of doing the following things; but they would have been done by others; some of them, perhaps, a little better.

Quote 1119 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1119 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1119 Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens ... are a departure of the plan of the Holy Author of our religion.

Thomas Jefferson: Inscription on the northwest quadrant of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., selected by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission.
For God and Country (T.K. Marion)

Quote 1121 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1121 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1121 I now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.


Quote 1122 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1122 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1122 those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system. I could, therefore, safely say, consistently with all my then and present information, that I believed they would never make discoveries in contradiction to these general principles. In favor of these general principles, in philosophy, religion, and government, I could fill sheets of quotations from Frederic of Prussia, from Hume, Gibbon, Bolingbroke, Rousseau, and Voltaire, as well as Newton and Locke; not to mention thousands of divines and philosophers of inferior fame.

John Adams: letter to Thomas Jefferson June 28, 1813

Quote 1171 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1171 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1171 The more I have reflected on the subject, the better satisfied I am of the impolicy of assuming the state debts. The diminishing the necessity for State taxation will undoubtedly leave the national government more at liberty to exercise its powers and encrease the subjects on which it will act, for that purpose, and if that were absolutely a necessary power of the government, and no objections applied to the transfer itself of the publick creditors from one government to the other, without their consent, (for such a modification as leaves them not even a plausible alternative, amounts to the same thing, and such I understand the report to be) or to the probable inefficiency of the national government comparatively with those of the States in raising the necessary funds, I should perhaps have no objections to it at present.


Quote 1172 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1172 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1172 The spirit of liberty begins to shew itself in other regions


Quote 1176 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1176 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1176 Some gentlemen have inveterate prejudices against all attempts to increase the powers of Congress, others see the necessity but fear the consequences. It is propos’d by the latter and former classes that Congress form and recommend a navigation act to the states, to continue in form for a limited time.


Quote 1177 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1177 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1177 I can meet you and will if it is approved with 100. horse on the frontier of the state, and conduct you here or home, or if military parade is declined and civil preferr’d a like attention might be shewn by me & such of the council as wod. unite. Perhaps a military parade with me at its head might set a bad precedent & lead to bad consequences hereafter, it being but a step to other things, especially when foreign powers are so disposed to interfere in our elections.


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Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.

Translation: I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.


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Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be Just. Be True. Murmur not at the ways of Providence.


Quote 1337 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1337 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1337 I am very glad you have seriously read Plato, and still more rejoiced to find that your reflections upon him so perfectly harmonize with mine ... My disappointment was very great, my astonishment was greater, my disgust shocking ... His laws and his republic, from which I expected most, disappointed me most.


Quote 1377 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1377 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1377 Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, Feb 21, 1825

Quote 1378 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1378 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1378 Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, Feb 21, 1825

Quote 1379 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1379 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1379 Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, Feb 21, 1825

Quote 1380 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1380 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1380 Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, Feb 21, 1825

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Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, Feb 21, 1825

Quote 1382 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1382 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1382 We never repent of having eaten to little.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, Feb 21, 1825

Quote 1383 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1383 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1383 Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, Feb 21, 1825

Quote 1384 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1384 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1384 How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.



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