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VIDEO: Thomas Jefferson - Mini Biography
Watch a short video biography of Thomas Jefferson, the draftsman of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Learn more about Thomas Jefferson: bit.ly/169HFjH Watch the U.S. Presidents play list: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-IgxSn21jU&list=PLRl[MORE]
VIDEO: #03 Thomas Jefferson
Excerpt from the History Channel's The Presidents series featuring Thomas Jefferson.[MORE]
I think he [Jefferson] had one more vote than any other, and that placed him at the head of the committee. I had the next highest number, and that placed me second. The committee met, discussed the subject, [of the Declaration of Independence] and then appointed Mr. Jefferson and me to make the draught, I suppose because we were the two first on the list. The subcommittee met. Jefferson proposed to me to make the draught. Adams: I will not. Jefferson: You should do it. Adams: Oh! no. Jefferson Why will you not? You ought to do it. Adams: I will not. Jefferson: Why? Adams: Reasons enough. Jefferson: What can be your reasons?
Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be... Our American Chivalry is the worst in the world. It has no Laws, no bounds, no definitions; it seems to be all a Caprice.
His mind was great and powerful, without being of the very first order; his penetration strong, though not so acute as that of Newton, Bacon, or Locke; and as far as he saw, no judgment was ever sounder
His person, you know, was fine, his stature exactly what one would wish, his deportment easy, erect and noble.
He was certainly one of the most learned men of the age. It may be said of him as has been said of others that he was a "walking Library," and what can be said of but few such prodigies, that the Genius of Philosophy ever walked hand in hand with him.
In forming the Senate, the great anchor of the Government, the questions as they came within the first object turned mostly on the mode of appointment, and the duration of it.
On the distinctive principles of the Government ... of the U. States, the best guides are to be found in... The Declaration of Independence, as the fundamental Act of Union of these States.
The great desideratum in Government is, so to modify the sovereignty as that it may be sufficiently neutral between different parts of the Society to control one part from invading the rights of another, and at the same time sufficiently controlled itself, from setting up an interest adverse to that of the entire Society.
The invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents.
Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression
[He] will live in the memory and gratitude of the wise & good, as a luminary of Science, as a votary of liberty, as a model of patriotism, and as a benefactor of human kind.
I am retired to Monticello, where, in the bosom of my family, and surrounded by my books, I enjoy a repose to which I have been long a stranger.
Thomas Jefferson] as the North and South Poles of the American Revolution. Some talked, some wrote, and some fought to promote and establish it, but you and M.r Jefferson thought for us all. I have never taken a retrospect of the years 1775 and 1776 without associating your opinions and speeches and conversations with all the great political, moral, and intellectual achievements of Congresses of those memorable years.I consider you [John Adams] and him [
The answers of Mr. Adams [John Adams] to his addressees from the most grotesque scene in the tragic-comedy acting by the government... he is verifying completely the last feature in the character drawn of him by Dr. F [Benjamin Franklin] however his title may stand to the two first. "Always an honest man, often a wise one, but sometimes wholly out of his senses."
Ambition is so vigilant, and where it has a model always in view as in the present case, is so prompt in seizing its advantages, that it can not be too closely watched, or to vigorously checked.
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.
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.
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Yes people, sir, is nothing but a great beast!
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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.
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.
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.
For God and Country (T.K. Marion)
I now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.
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.
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