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|Born: April 13
(April 2, Old Style), 1743, Shadwell, Virginia Died: July
4, 1826, Monticello, Virginia
Best known as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was an architect, an inventor, a scientist, and a collector of books and American historical artifacts. He could read more than five languages and was the U.S. minister to France for several years.
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|"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." --Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:429|
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience
to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson
"A little rebellion now and then...
is a medicine necessary for the
sound health of government.”
"Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth; and
that, I am sure, is the ultimate and sincere object of us both. We both
value too much the freedom of opinion sanctioned by our Constitution,
not to cherish its exercise even where in opposition to ourselves."
"Men, according to their constitutions and the circumstances in which
they are placed, differ honestly in opinion. Some are whigs, liberals,
democrats, call them what you please. Others are tories, serviles,
aristocrats, etc." --Thomas Jefferson
"In every country where man is free to think and to speak, differences
of opinion will arise from difference of perception."
"[It is] the people, to whom all authority belongs." --Thomas Jefferson
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Sully
"The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union." --Thomas Jefferson
"The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely
to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to."
"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every
form of tyranny over the mind of man."
"What county can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned
from time to time that its people preserve the spirit of resistance."
|When once a republic is corrupted there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption . . . every other correction is either useless or a new evil. - Thomas Jefferson|
Ask Thomas Jefferson! - A collection of quotes from Thomas Jefferson on
a variety of topics.
Liberty Online - online library of Jefferson's writings.
Monticello - visit Jefferson's home online.
Thomas Jefferson as Inventor - An in-depth look at the inventions of Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson: Third President - A quick biography with links to Jefferson's inaugural addresses and familiar quotations.
Virginia Tech Gopher - online library of Jefferson's writings.
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