No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, no culture comparable to that of the garden . . . But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Source: Garden Book, 1811
Contributed by: Zaady
Planting is one of my great amusements, and even of those things which can only be for posterity, for a Septuagenary has no right to count on any thing but annuals.
I tremble for my species when I reflect that God is just.
Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
Source: Notes on Virginia, Query xviii. Manners
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
Source: Summary View of the Rights of British America.
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
Source: Declaration of Independence, 1776
No government can be maintained without the principle of fear as well as of duty. Good men will obey the last, but bad ones the former only.
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
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