Thomas Jefferson Quotes (506 quotes)
“I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.”
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (1955 edition)
“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”
Thomas Jefferson: selections from his writings edited, with an introduction (1943 edition)
“I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.”
Letter to Edward Dowse (19 April 1803). Thomas Jefferson: selections from his writings edited, with an introduction (1943 edition)
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (6 January 1816) ME 14:384. - 1810s
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsThomas Jefferson
Born: April 13, 1743
Died: July 4, 1826 (aged 83)
Bio: Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia. Just after the war ended, from mid-1784 Jefferson served as a diplomat, stationed in Paris.
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