Thomas Jefferson

United States
13 Apr 1743 // 4 Jul 1826
Statesman, Politician


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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
I tremble for my species when I reflect that God is just.
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

Summary View of the Rights of British America
I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern.
Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.
History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
The man who would choose security over freedom deserves neither.
Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.

Notes on Virginia
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."