Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
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 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 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.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor – over each other.
It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.