Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on america, benevolence, certainty, character, christianity, country, effort, fatherhood, innocence, inventions, jesus, morality, religion, support, and traditions

The efforts of certain Christian factions to cast themselves as the inheritors of America's Judaeo-Christian tradition find little support in the embarrassing heterodoxy of this Founding Father: "But the greatest of all reformers of the depraved religion of his own country was Jesus of Nazareth. Abstracting what is really his from the rubbish in which it is buried, easily distinguished by its lustre from the dross of his biographers, and as separable as the diamond from the dunghill, we have the outlines of a system of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from the lips of man; outlines which it is lamentable he did not live to fill up. . . . The establishment of the innocent and genuine character of this benevolent moralist, and the rescuing it from the imputation of imposture, which has resulted from artificial systems, invented by ultra-Christian sects, unauthorized by a single word ever uttered by him, is a most desirable object. . . ."

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to William Short, October 31 (Halloween), 1819

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on language, obstacles, patience, and perseverance

To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government, people, and trust

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on fortune, honor, life, and sacred

We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Declaration of Independence.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on children, consequences, correction, education, future, good, ignorance, life, and vices

If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on evil and pain

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Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons VIII. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons IX. Take things always by their smooth handle.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on anger

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Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons X. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on habits, lies, and time

He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it a second and third time till at length it becomes habitual.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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