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By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

I love peace, and am anxious that we should give the world still another useful lesson, by showing to them other modes of punishing injuries than by war, which is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Sensibility of mind is indeed the parent of every virtue, but it is the parent of much misery, too.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

The metaphysical insanities of Athanasius, of Loyola, and of Calvin, are, to my understanding, mere lapses into polytheism, differing from paganism only by being more unintelligible.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Taxes should be proportioned to what may be annually spared by the individual.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

The banks themselves were doing business on capitals three-fourths of which were fictitious. This fictitious capital... is now to be lost, and to fall on somebody; it must take on those who have property to meet it, and probably on the less cautious part, who, not aware of the impending catastrophe, have suffered themselves to contract, or to be in debt, and must now sacrifice their property of a value many times the amount of the debt. We have been truly sowing the wind, and are now reaping the whirlwind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large...

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight. But the enormities of the times in which I have lived, have forced me to take a part in resisting them, and to commit myself on the boisterous ocean of political passions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise, in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

If your letters are as long as the bible, they will appear short to me. Only let them be brim full of affection.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have been called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

There exists indeed an opposition to it [building of UVA, Jefferson's secular college] by the friends of William and Mary, which is not strong. The most restive is that of the priests of the different religious sects, who dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of day-light; and scowl on it the fatal harbinger announcing the subversion of the duperies on which they live. In this the Presbyterian clergy take the lead. The tocsin is sounded in all their pulpits, and the first alarm denounced is against the particular creed of Doctr. Cooper; and as impudently denounced as if they really knew what it is. [Letter to José Francesco Corrê a Da Serra - Monticello, April 11, 1820]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

besides the comfort of knowlege, every science is auxiliary to every other.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

If ever this vast country is brought under a single government, it will be one of the most extensive corruption, indifferent and incapable of a wholesome care over so wide a spread of surface. This will not be borne, and you will have to choose between reform and revolution. If I know the spirit of this country, the one or the other is inevitable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

I believe in good luck, and the harder I work and the more I believe in myself, the luckier I get.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

1.Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2.Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3.Never spend your money before you have it. 4.Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5.Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold. 6.We never repent of having eaten too little. 7.Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8.How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9.Take things always by their smooth handle. 10.When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

I love to see honest and honorable men at the helm, men who will not bend their politics to their purses, nor pursue measures by which they may profit, and then profit by their measures.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

this interesting subject, which, if the condition of man is to be progressively ameliorated, as we fondly hope and believe, is to be the chief instrument in effecting it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and libraries of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Laws ... proportionate and mild should never be dispensed with. Let mercy be the character of the law-giver, but let the judge be a mere machine.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Are we to have a censor whose imprimatur shall say what books may be sold, and what we may buy? And who is thus to dogmatize religious opinions for our citizens? Whose foot is to be the measure to which ours are all to be cut or stretched? Is a priest to be our inquisitor, or shall a layman, simple as ourselves, set up his reason as the rule of what we are to read, and what we must believe?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

The Giver of life gave it for happiness and not for wretchedness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

My general plan would be to make the States one as to everything connected with foreign nations and several as to everything purely domestic.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property... Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise. Whenever there is in any country, uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Traveling makes men wiser, but less happy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

No person shall be restrained of his liberty but by regular process from a court of justice, authorized by a general law. . . . On complaint of an unlawful imprisonment to any judge whatsoever, he shall have the prisoner immediately brought before him and shall discharge him if his imprisonment be unlawful. The officer in whose custody the prisoner is shall obey the order of the judge, and both judge and officer shall be responsible civilly and criminally for a failure of duty herein.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

A country whose buildings are of wood, can never increase in its improvements to any considerable degree.... Whereas when buildings are of durable materials, every new edifice is an actual and permanent acquisition to the state, adding to its value as well as to its ornament.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

I am sorry they began their deliberations by so abominable a precedent as that of tying up the tongues of their members. Nothing can justify this example but the innocence of their intentions and ignorance of the value of public discussions. I have no doubt that all their other measures will be good and wise. It is really an assembly of demigods.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

...legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

In a free society with a government based on reason, it is inevitable that there will be no uniform opinion about important issues. Those accustomed to suppression and control by governmental authority see this as leading only to chaos. But a government of the people requires difference of opinion in order to discover truth and to take advantage of the opportunity that only understanding brings.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

The elective franchise, if guarded as the ark of our safety, will peaceably dissipate all combinations to subvert a Constitution, dictated by the wisdom, and resting on the will of the people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

No society can make a perpetual constitution... The earth belongs always to the living generation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

A cold-blooded, calculation, unprincipled, usurper, without a virtue, no statesman, knowing nothing of commerce, political economy, or civil government, and supplying ignorance by bold presumption.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

In the constitution of Spain as proposed by the late Cortes, there was a principle entirely new to me:... that no person born after that day should ever acquire the rights of citizenship until he could read and write. It is impossible sufficiently to estimate the wisdom of this provision. Of all those which have been thought of for securing fidelity in the administration of the government, constant reliance to the principles of the constitution, and progressive amendments with the progressive advances of the human mind or changes in human affairs, it is the most effectual.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

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 Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

The interests of a nation, when well understood, will be found to coincide with their moral duties.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

The power of making war often prevents it, and in our case would give efficacy to our desire of peace.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

To draw around the whole nation the strength of the General Government as a barrier against foreign foes... is [one of the] functions of the General Government on which [our citizens] have a right to call.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

If anything pass in a religious meeting seditiously and contrary to the public peace, let it be punished in the same manner and no otherwise than as if it had happened in a fair or market.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Were I to commence my administration again, the first question I would ask respecting a candidate would be, Does he use ardent spirits?