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Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was one of the founding fathers of the U.S. and he wrote his way into history by authoring the American Declaration Of Independence in 1776. In over fifty years of public service he gave his life to the independence and the betterment of the American people and he meant all of the people inclusive of the people of colour. He was a man born way before his time who recognised the wrongs of slavery but was hamstrung by public opinion and was forced on many occasions to remove words from legislative attempts against slavery. Many modern day Americans condemn him as being a hypocrite as he owned more than 600 slaves himself, but in an era when slavery and abuse towards people of colour was recognised as the norm he thought that his slaves, or his 'people' as he often referred to them, were better off under his wing where he would pay them respect and make sure they were properly cared for. Even the abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave, was quoted as saying of him: "Jefferson was not ashamed to call the black man his brother and to address him as a gentleman". The democracy he helped to create in America had further challenges which he continued to address with political, religious and press freedom always on his radar throughout his years of public service. With the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom he lay the cornerstone for religious tolerance. He recognised that educational opportunities must be expanded for all and spent years advocating this policy and being a man that liked to practice what he preached he is also known as the Father of the University of Virginia. He was invited to attend in Washington the fiftieth anniversary of American independence but due to ill health he declined the offer and died on the very day they were celebrating the golden anniversary of American freedom. He did send them one last poignant message with the words: "All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man". Great statesmen like Jefferson orate great speeches and their words are always quotable for deep meaning behind each chosen phrase, he was no different so here is my compilation of 20 of the best Thomas Jefferson quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Thomas Jefferson
  • Born: 13th April 1743, Shadwell, Colony of Virginia, British America
  • Died: 4th July 1826, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S..
  • Alma mater: College of William and Mary
  • Occupation: Lawyer, politician and president
  • Political party: Democratic-Republican
  • Famous for: Being the author of the Declaration Of American Independence and the Statute Of Virginia
  • Height: 6' 2½" (1.89 m)
  • Nicknames: Long Tom, Man of the People, Pen of the Revolution, The Red Fox and The Sage of Monticello
  • High office held: First U.S. Secretary of State 22nd March 1790 to 31st December 1793, Second vice president of the U.S. 4th March 1797 to 4th March 1801, Third president of the U.S. 4th March 1801 to 4th March 1809
  • Trivia: After the British torched the Library Of Congress in 1814 he sold his entire collection of 6,000+ books to replenish the capitals library
  • Quote about Thomas Jefferson: Historian Dumas Malone said of him; "Jefferson was kind to his servants to the point of indulgence, and within the framework of an institution he disliked he saw that they were well provided for. His ‘people’ were devoted to him"

"Taste cannot be controlled by law"

Thomas Jefferson

"It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read"

Thomas Jefferson

"Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies"

Thomas Jefferson

"A well informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny"

Thomas Jefferson

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost"

Thomas Jefferson

"Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to the truth"

Thomas Jefferson

"Dependence leads to subservience"

Thomas Jefferson

"Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct"

Thomas Jefferson

"Never trouble another for what you can do yourself"

Thomas Jefferson

"Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education & free discussion are the antidotes of both"

Thomas Jefferson

"Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error"

Thomas Jefferson

"Most bad government results from too much government"

Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure"

Thomas Jefferson

"Delay is preferable to error"

Thomas Jefferson

"Paper is poverty.... it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself"

Thomas Jefferson

"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed"

Thomas Jefferson

"Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions"

Thomas Jefferson

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past"

Thomas Jefferson

"The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead"

Thomas Jefferson

"The more a subject is understood, the more briefly it may be explained"

Thomas Jefferson

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