Thomas Jefferson
Shadwell, Virginia

Quotes

11 November 2014
Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
11 November 2014
If you are obliged to neglect any thing, let it be your chemistry. It is the least useful and the least amusing to a country gentleman of all the ordinary branches of science.
11 November 2014
For the support of this declaration we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, & our sacred honour.
11 November 2014
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
11 November 2014
They know, and will therefore say, that kings are the servants, not the proprietors of the people.
11 November 2014
We must endeavor to forget our former love for them [the British] and to hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
11 November 2014
We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.
11 November 2014
Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
11 November 2014
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
11 November 2014
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on [political offices], a rottenness begins in his conduct.

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