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Quote: Neither believe nor reject any thing because any other person, or description of persons have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Neither believe nor reject any thing because any other person, or description of persons have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven.




Quote: Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils of misgovernment. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils of misgovernment.




Quote: The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain.






Quote: A noiseless course, not meddling with the affairs of others, unattractive of notice, is a mark that society is going on in happiness. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote; white text on black background

A noiseless course, not meddling with the affairs of others, unattractive of notice, is a mark that society is going on in happiness. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.


Quote: The religion-builders have so distorted and deformed the doctrines of Jesus, so muffled them in mysticism, fancies, and falsehoods. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The religion-builders have so distorted and deformed the doctrines of Jesus, so muffled them in mysticism, fancies, and falsehoods.


Quote: Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.


Quote: The declaration that religious faith shall be unpunished does not give immunity to criminal acts dictated by religious error. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The declaration that religious faith shall be unpunished does not give immunity to criminal acts dictated by religious error.


Quote: No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever.


Quote: In our early struggles for liberty, religious freedom could not fail to become a primary object. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

In our early struggles for liberty, religious freedom could not fail to become a primary object.


Quote: Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state'... is absolutely essential in a free society. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state'... is absolutely essential in a free society.


Quote: I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.


Quote: The opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction.


Quote: Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the General Government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the General Government.


Quote: The legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions.


Quote: In reviewing the history of the times through which we have passed, no portion of it gives greater satisfaction or reflection, than that which represents the efforts of the friends of religious freedom and the success with which they are crowned. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

In reviewing the history of the times through which we have passed, no portion of it gives greater satisfaction or reflection, than that which represents the efforts of the friends of religious freedom and the success with which they are crowned.


Quote: The study of the law is useful in a variety of points of view. it qualifies a man to be useful to himself, to his neighbors, and to the public. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The study of the law is useful in a variety of points of view. it qualifies a man to be useful to himself, to his neighbors, and to the public.


Quote: There are two subjects, indeed, which I shall claim a right to further as long as I breathe: the public education, and the sub-division of counties into wards. I consider the continuance of republican government as absolutely hanging on these two hooks. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

There are two subjects, indeed, which I shall claim a right to further as long as I breathe: the public education, and the sub-division of counties into wards. I consider the continuance of republican government as absolutely hanging on these two hooks.


Quote: The fantastical idea of virtue and the public good being a sufficient security to the state against the commission of crimes, which you say you have heard insisted on by some, I assure you was never mine. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The fantastical idea of virtue and the public good being a sufficient security to the state against the commission of crimes, which you say you have heard insisted on by some, I assure you was never mine.


Quote: It would not be for the public good to have a majority in Congress of one party greater than two to one. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It would not be for the public good to have a majority in Congress of one party greater than two to one.


Quote: Men possessing minds of the first order and who have had opportunities of being known and of acquiring the general confidence do not abound in any country beyond the wants of the country. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Men possessing minds of the first order and who have had opportunities of being known and of acquiring the general confidence do not abound in any country beyond the wants of the country.


Quote: Of publishing a book on religion, my dear sir, I never had an idea. I should as soon think of writing for the reformation of Bedlam, as of the world of religious sects. Of these there must be, at least, ten thousand, every individual of every one of which believes all wrong but his own. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: Of publishing a book on religion, my dear sir, I never had an idea. I should as soon think of writing for the reformation of Bedlam, as of the world of religious sects. Of these there must be, at least, ten thousand, every individual of every one of which believes all wrong but his own.- black text on quotes background

Of publishing a book on religion, my dear sir, I never had an idea. I should as soon think of writing for the reformation of Bedlam, as of the world of religious sects. Of these there must be, at least, ten thousand, every individual of every one of which believes all wrong but his own.


Quote: Trial by jury is part of that bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Trial by jury is part of that bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.


Quote: I am sure that in estimating every man's value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I am sure that in estimating every man's value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second.


Quote: The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.


Quote: Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.




Quote: My principles, and those always received by the republicans, do not admit to removing any person from office merely for a difference of political opinion. Malversations in office, and the exerting of official influence to control the freedom of election are good causes for removal. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: My principles, and those always received by the republicans, do not admit to removing any person from office merely for a difference of political opinion. Malversations in office, and the exerting of official influence to control the freedom of election are good causes for removal.- black text on quotes background

My principles, and those always received by the republicans, do not admit to removing any person from office merely for a difference of political opinion. Malversations in office, and the exerting of official influence to control the freedom of election are good causes for removal.


Quote: Private enterprise manages so much better all the concerns to which it is equal. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Private enterprise manages so much better all the concerns to which it is equal.


Quote: Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science by rendering them my supreme delight. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science by rendering them my supreme delight.


Quote: But of all the views of this law universal education none is more important, none more legitimate, than that of rendering the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

But of all the views of this law universal education none is more important, none more legitimate, than that of rendering the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty.


Quote: That paper money has some advantages is admitted. But that its abuses also are inevitable and, by breaking up the measure of value, makes a lottery of all private property, cannot be denied. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

That paper money has some advantages is admitted. But that its abuses also are inevitable and, by breaking up the measure of value, makes a lottery of all private property, cannot be denied.


Quote: If the book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But, for God's sake, let us freely hear both sides, if we choose. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If the book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But, for God's sake, let us freely hear both sides, if we choose.


Quote: The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.


Quote: It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet that the one is not three, and the three are not one. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet that the one is not three, and the three are not one.


Quote: He who is permitted by law to have no property of his own, can with difficulty conceive that property is founded in anything but force. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

He who is permitted by law to have no property of his own, can with difficulty conceive that property is founded in anything but force.


Quote: The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.


Quote: If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If I could not go to heaven with but a party, I would not go there at all. Therefore, I am not of the party of federalists. But I am much further from that of the anti-federalists.


Quote: The dignity of parliament it seems can brook no opposition to it's power. Strange that a set of men who have made sale of theirvirtue to the minister should yet talk of retaining dignity! by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The dignity of parliament it seems can brook no opposition to it's power. Strange that a set of men who have made sale of theirvirtue to the minister should yet talk of retaining dignity!


Quote: Printers shall be liable to legal prosecution for printing and publishing false facts injurious to the party prosecuting: but they shall be under no other restraint. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Printers shall be liable to legal prosecution for printing and publishing false facts injurious to the party prosecuting: but they shall be under no other restraint.


Quote: I discharge every person under punishment or prosecution under the Sedition Law, because I considered, and now consider, that law to be a nullity as absolute and palpable as if Congress had ordered us to fall down and worship a golden image. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I discharge every person under punishment or prosecution under the Sedition Law, because I considered, and now consider, that law to be a nullity as absolute and palpable as if Congress had ordered us to fall down and worship a golden image.


Quote: If the happiness of the mass of mankind can be secured at the expense of a little tempest now and then, or even of a little blood, it will be a precious purchase. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If the happiness of the mass of mankind can be secured at the expense of a little tempest now and then, or even of a little blood, it will be a precious purchase.


Quote: Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.


Quote: Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous.


Quote: I am not myself apt to be alarmed at innovations recommended by reason. That dread belongs to those whose interests or prejudices shrink from the advance of truth and science. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I am not myself apt to be alarmed at innovations recommended by reason. That dread belongs to those whose interests or prejudices shrink from the advance of truth and science.


Quote: To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.


Quote: An acre of the best ground for hemp, is to be selected and sewn in hemp and be kept for a permanent hemp patch. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

An acre of the best ground for hemp, is to be selected and sewn in hemp and be kept for a permanent hemp patch.




Quote: The boys of the rising generation are to be the men of the next, and the sole guardians of the principles we deliver over to them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The boys of the rising generation are to be the men of the next, and the sole guardians of the principles we deliver over to them.


Quote: Our part is to pursue with steadiness what is right, turning neither to right nor left for the intrigues or popular delusions of the day, assured that the public approbation will in the end be with us. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Our part is to pursue with steadiness what is right, turning neither to right nor left for the intrigues or popular delusions of the day, assured that the public approbation will in the end be with us.


Quote: Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands.


Quote: Ambition is a tricky little animal to tame. It is very skillful at concealing itself from its master. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Ambition is a tricky little animal to tame. It is very skillful at concealing itself from its master.


Quote: A truth now and then projecting into the ocean of newspaper lies serves like headlands to correct our course. Indeed, my scepticism as to everything I see in a newspaper makes me indifferent whether I ever see one. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A truth now and then projecting into the ocean of newspaper lies serves like headlands to correct our course. Indeed, my scepticism as to everything I see in a newspaper makes me indifferent whether I ever see one.


Quote: God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion... We have had thirteen States independent for eleven years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half, for each State. What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion.


Quote: All power is inherent in the people. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

All power is inherent in the people.


Quote: The clergy believe that any power confided in me will be exerted in opposition to their schemes, and they believe rightly. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The clergy believe that any power confided in me will be exerted in opposition to their schemes, and they believe rightly.


Quote: Big banks are more dangerous than standing armies, and the practice of borrowing and spending money to be paid back by the next generation is stealing from their future. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Big banks are more dangerous than standing armies, and the practice of borrowing and spending money to be paid back by the next generation is stealing from their future.


Quote: The plough is to the farmer what the wand is to the sorcerer. Its effect is really like sorcery. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The plough is to the farmer what the wand is to the sorcerer. Its effect is really like sorcery.


Quote: It is a misnomer to call a government republican in which a branch of the supreme power is independent of the nation. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is a misnomer to call a government republican in which a branch of the supreme power is independent of the nation.


Quote: I am never tempted to pray but when a warm feeling for my friends comes athwart my heart. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I am never tempted to pray but when a warm feeling for my friends comes athwart my heart.


Quote: To take a single step beyond the boundaries specially drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible to definition. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

To take a single step beyond the boundaries specially drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible to definition.






Quote: The Governor would serve a five-year term and be ineligible for reelection. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The Governor would serve a five-year term and be ineligible for reelection.






Quote: My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just.


Quote: The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?


Quote: The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation is ever dangerous. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation is ever dangerous.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation, is ever more dangerous. Jesus had to work on the perilous confines of reason and religion; and a step to the right or left might place him within the grasp of the priests of the superstition, a bloodthirsty race, as cruel and remorseless as the being whom they represented as the family God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, and the local God of Israel. That Jesus did not mean to impose himself on mankind as the son of God, physically speaking, I have been convinced by the writings of men more learned than myself in that lore.


Quote: May it be to the world... to assume the blessings and security of self-government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

May it be to the world... to assume the blessings and security of self-government.


Quote: I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world and do not find in our particular superstition Christianity one redeeming feature. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world and do not find in our particular superstition Christianity one redeeming feature.


Quote: History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.


Quote: I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.


Quote: The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.


Quote: The constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruption's of time and party, its members would become despots. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruption's of time and party, its members would become despots.


Quote: The trifling economy of paper, as a cheaper medium, or its convenience for transmission, weighs nothing in opposition to the advantages of the precious metals it is liable to be abused, has been, is, and forever will be abused, in every country in which it is permitted. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote; white text on black background

The trifling economy of paper, as a cheaper medium, or its convenience for transmission, weighs nothing in opposition to the advantages of the precious metals it is liable to be abused, has been, is, and forever will be abused, in every country in which it is permitted.


Quote: If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignation, none. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignation, none.


Quote: I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.- black text on quotes background

I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.


Quote: I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves.


Quote: By making this wine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

By making this wine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt.


Quote: For an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

For an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.


Quote: I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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




Quote: Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.


Quote: The construction applied ... to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power ... ought not to be construed as themselves to give unlimited powers, nor a part to be so taken as to destroy the whole residue of that instrument. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The construction applied ... to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power ... ought not to be construed as themselves to give unlimited powers, nor a part to be so taken as to destroy the whole residue of that instrument.


Quote: Nothing can be believed but what one sees, or has from an eye witness. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Nothing can be believed but what one sees, or has from an eye witness.


Quote: From forty years' experience of the wretched guess-work of the newspapers of what is not done in open daylight, and of their falsehood even as to that, I rarely think them worth reading, and almost never worth notice. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

From forty years' experience of the wretched guess-work of the newspapers of what is not done in open daylight, and of their falsehood even as to that, I rarely think them worth reading, and almost never worth notice.


Quote: It is Mortifying to suppose it possible that a people able and zealous to contend with the Enemy should be reduced to fold their Arms for want of the means of defence; yet no resources that we know of, ensure us against this event. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is Mortifying to suppose it possible that a people able and zealous to contend with the Enemy should be reduced to fold their Arms for want of the means of defence; yet no resources that we know of, ensure us against this event.


Quote: The benefit of even limited monopolies is too doubtful, to be opposed to that of their general suppression. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The benefit of even limited monopolies is too doubtful, to be opposed to that of their general suppression.


Quote: I have much confidence that we shall proceed successfully for ages to come. My hope of its duration is built much on the enlargement of the resources of life going hand in hand with the enlargement of territory. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have much confidence that we shall proceed successfully for ages to come. My hope of its duration is built much on the enlargement of the resources of life going hand in hand with the enlargement of territory.


Quote: Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making.


Quote: Chemistry is yet, indeed, a mere embryon. Its principles are contested; experiments seem contradictory; their subjects are so minute as to escape our senses; and their result too fallacious to satisfy the mind. It is probably an age too soon to propose the establishment of a system. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: Chemistry is yet, indeed, a mere embryon. Its principles are contested; experiments seem contradictory; their subjects are so minute as to escape our senses; and their result too fallacious to satisfy the mind. It is probably an age too soon to propose the establishment of a system.- black text on quotes background

Chemistry is yet, indeed, a mere embryon. Its principles are contested; experiments seem contradictory; their subjects are so minute as to escape our senses; and their result too fallacious to satisfy the mind. It is probably an age too soon to propose the establishment of a system.


Quote: If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.


Quote: No man complains of his neighbor for ill management of his affairs, for an error in sowing his land, or marrying his daughter, for consuming his substance in taverns ... in all these he has liberty; but if he does not frequent the church, or then conform in ceremonies, there is an immediate uproar. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: No man complains of his neighbor for ill management of his affairs, for an error in sowing his land, or marrying his daughter, for consuming his substance in taverns ... in all these he has liberty; but if he does not frequent the church, or then conform in ceremonies, there is an immediate uproar.- black text on quotes background

No man complains of his neighbor for ill management of his affairs, for an error in sowing his land, or marrying his daughter, for consuming his substance in taverns ... in all these he has liberty; but if he does not frequent the church, or then conform in ceremonies, there is an immediate uproar.


Quote: Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.


Quote: Body and mind both unemployed, our being becomes a burthen, and every object about us loathsome, even the dearest. Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondria, and that a diseased body. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Body and mind both unemployed, our being becomes a burthen, and every object about us loathsome, even the dearest. Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondria, and that a diseased body.


Quote: Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.


Quote: I wish to see this beverage become common instead of the whiskey which kills sone-third of our citizens and ruins their families. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I wish to see this beverage become common instead of the whiskey which kills sone-third of our citizens and ruins their families.


Quote: Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.


Quote: Wine brightens the life and thinking of anyone. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Wine brightens the life and thinking of anyone.


Quote: We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.


Quote: Establish the eternal truth that acquiescence under insult is not the way to escape war. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Establish the eternal truth that acquiescence under insult is not the way to escape war.


Quote: Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.


Quote: If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check.


Quote: I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind.


Quote: Resolved ... that it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism -- free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Resolved ... that it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism -- free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence.


Quote: Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies.


Quote: The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.


Quote: Of all exercises, walking is the best. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Of all exercises, walking is the best.


Quote: A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.


Quote: A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity that ever were written. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity that ever were written.


Quote: No people who are ignorant can be truly free. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

No people who are ignorant can be truly free.


Quote: Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.


Quote: Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Some men look at Constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them, like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in Government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead.






Quote: Truth between candid minds can never do harm. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Truth between candid minds can never do harm.


Quote: Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.


Quote: There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.


Quote: All that is necessary for a student is access to a library. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

All that is necessary for a student is access to a library.


Quote: Nothing is so disgusting to our sex as want of cleanliness and delicacy in yours. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Nothing is so disgusting to our sex as want of cleanliness and delicacy in yours.


Quote: To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language.


Quote: Nothing was or is farther from my intentions, than to enlist myself as the champion of a fixed opinion, where I have only expressed doubt. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Nothing was or is farther from my intentions, than to enlist myself as the champion of a fixed opinion, where I have only expressed doubt.


Quote: In matters of principle, stand like a rock. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

In matters of principle, stand like a rock.


Quote: But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State.- black text on quotes background

But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State.


Quote: Now I will avow, that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote; white text on black background

Now I will avow, that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system.


Quote: If any doubt has arisen as to me, my country Virginia will have my political creed in the form of a Declaration andc. which I was lately directed to draw. This will give decisive proof that my own sentiment concurred with the vote they instructed us to give. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If any doubt has arisen as to me, my country Virginia will have my political creed in the form of a Declaration andc. which I was lately directed to draw. This will give decisive proof that my own sentiment concurred with the vote they instructed us to give.


Quote: It is to them I look, to the rising generation, and not to the one now in power, for these great reformations i.e., emancipation of slaves and settlement of the Virginia constitution on a firmer and more permanent basis. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is to them I look, to the rising generation, and not to the one now in power, for these great reformations i.e., emancipation of slaves and settlement of the Virginia constitution on a firmer and more permanent basis.


Quote: But under the beaming, constant and almost vertical sun of Virginia, shade is our Elysium. In the absence of this no beauty of the eye can be enjoyed. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

But under the beaming, constant and almost vertical sun of Virginia, shade is our Elysium. In the absence of this no beauty of the eye can be enjoyed.


Quote: An elective despotism was not the government we fought for. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on true free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among general bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.






Quote: A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.


Quote: I am savage enough to prefer the woods, the wilds, and the independence of Monticello, to all the brilliant pleasures of this gay capital Paris. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I am savage enough to prefer the woods, the wilds, and the independence of Monticello, to all the brilliant pleasures of this gay capital Paris.




Quote: I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.


Quote: Gaming corrupts our disposition and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Gaming corrupts our disposition and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind.


Quote: A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle.


Quote: The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind.


Quote: There are two amendments only which I am anxious for: 1. A bill of rights, which it is so much the interest of all to have that I conceive it must be yielded...2. The restoring of the principle of necessary rotation, particularly to the Senate and Presidency, but most of all to the last. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: There are two amendments only which I am anxious for: 1. A bill of rights, which it is so much the interest of all to have that I conceive it must be yielded...2. The restoring of the principle of necessary rotation, particularly to the Senate and Presidency, but most of all to the last.- black text on quotes background

There are two amendments only which I am anxious for: 1. A bill of rights, which it is so much the interest of all to have that I conceive it must be yielded...2. The restoring of the principle of necessary rotation, particularly to the Senate and Presidency, but most of all to the last.


Quote: Morals were too essential to the happiness of man, to be risked on the uncertain combinations of the head. Nature laid their foundation, therefore, in sentiment, not in science. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Morals were too essential to the happiness of man, to be risked on the uncertain combinations of the head. Nature laid their foundation, therefore, in sentiment, not in science.


Quote: Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.


Quote: A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.


Quote: The rational and peaceable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The rational and peaceable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people.


Quote: Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.


Quote: I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom.


Quote: Inspirational Quotes on: Honesty, Simplicity, Secret, Universe, Modesty, Peace
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Inspirational Quotes on: Honesty, Simplicity, Secret, Universe, Modesty, Peace
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.


Quote: I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations -- to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements under all circumstances, to be open and generous, promoting in the long run even the interests of both. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations -- to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements under all circumstances, to be open and generous, promoting in the long run even the interests of both.


Quote: A room without books is like a life without meaning. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A room without books is like a life without meaning.


Quote: The sickly, weakly, timid man fears the people, and is a Tory by nature. The healthy, strong and bold cherishes them, and is formed a Whig by nature. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The sickly, weakly, timid man fears the people, and is a Tory by nature. The healthy, strong and bold cherishes them, and is formed a Whig by nature.


Quote: A strong body makes the mind strong. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A strong body makes the mind strong.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.


Quote: My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!


Quote: I may grow rich by an art I am compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I may grow rich by an art I am compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor.


Quote: Peace, that glorious moment in time when everyone stops and reloads. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Peace, that glorious moment in time when everyone stops and reloads.


Quote: Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give
you a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honour. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give
you a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honour.


Quote: Without books, I would certainly die. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Without books, I would certainly die.


Quote: So inscrutable is the arrangement of causes and consequences in this world, that a two-penny duty on tea, unjustly imposed in a sequestered part of it, changes the condition of all its inhabitants. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

So inscrutable is the arrangement of causes and consequences in this world, that a two-penny duty on tea, unjustly imposed in a sequestered part of it, changes the condition of all its inhabitants.


Quote: That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.


Quote: The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrant. It is its natural manure. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrant. It is its natural manure.


Quote: I wish I was a despot that I might save the noble, the beautiful trees that are daily falling sacrifice to the cupidity of their owners, or the necessity of the poor. The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of centuries, seems to me a crime little short of murder. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote; white text on black background

I wish I was a despot that I might save the noble, the beautiful trees that are daily falling sacrifice to the cupidity of their owners, or the necessity of the poor. The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of centuries, seems to me a crime little short of murder.


Quote: Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.


Quote: How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. . by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. .


Quote: I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.


Quote: Christianity is the most ... perverted system that ever shone on man. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Christianity is the most ... perverted system that ever shone on man.


Quote: No man will ever bring out of that office the reputation which carries him into it. The honeymoon would be as short in that case as in any other, and its moments of ecstasy would be ransomed by years of torment and hatred. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

No man will ever bring out of that office the reputation which carries him into it. The honeymoon would be as short in that case as in any other, and its moments of ecstasy would be ransomed by years of torment and hatred.


Quote: Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke's argument. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke's argument.


Quote: Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry.


Quote: The laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.


Quote: In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.


Quote: Let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.


Quote: In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.


Quote: Good wine is a necessity of life for me. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Good wine is a necessity of life for me.


Quote: It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice.


Quote: A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not an article for mere consumption, but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not an article for mere consumption, but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.


Quote: He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.


Quote: He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.


Quote: I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.


Quote: The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.


Quote: I am increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living and that one generation has no more right to bind another to it's laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right to command another. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I am increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living and that one generation has no more right to bind another to it's laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right to command another.


Quote: The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote; white text on black background

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.


Quote: Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.


Quote: All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.




Quote: We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.


Quote: On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.


Quote: Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.


Quote: Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality.


Quote: I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.


Quote: If you serve humanity, you serve humanity's God. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If you serve humanity, you serve humanity's God.


Quote: The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor am I. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor am I.


Quote: God grant that men of principle shall be our principal men. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

God grant that men of principle shall be our principal men.


Quote: We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it.


Quote: Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be.


Quote: How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!


Quote: Is it less dishonest to do what is wrong because it is not expressly prohibited by written law? Let us hope our moral principles are not yet in that stage of degeneracy. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Is it less dishonest to do what is wrong because it is not expressly prohibited by written law? Let us hope our moral principles are not yet in that stage of degeneracy.


Quote: I hold the precepts of Jesus as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have ever been preached to man. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I hold the precepts of Jesus as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have ever been preached to man.


Quote: If there be any among us who wish to dissolve the Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed, as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If there be any among us who wish to dissolve the Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed, as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.


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