We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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.
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.
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.