Thomas Jefferson: Founding Father Quote

Thomas Jefferson Quote
United States Founding Father

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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