Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
I sincerely believe… that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God – my daughter to my country.
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.
One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.
To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also.
The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
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.