Quotations From THOMAS JEFFERSON

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  • 131.
    A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, December 20, 1787, to James Madison. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 12, p. 440, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).

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  • 132.
    What has been the effect of [religious] coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Notes on the State of Virginia (1787), Query 17, p. 160, ed. William Peden (1954).

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  • 133.
    Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor ... over each other.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Notes on the State of Virginia (1787), Query 17, p. 160, ed. William Peden (1954).
  • 134.
    While learning the language in France a young man's morals, health and fortune are more irresistibly endangered than in any country of the universe.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, June 21, 1789, to Dugald Stewart. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 15, p. 204, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
  • 135.
    We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty, in a feather-bed.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, April 2, 1790, to Lafayette. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 16, p. 293, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950). Concerns the progress of the French Revolution.
  • 136.
    Relying ... on the patronage of your good will, I advance with obedience to the work, ready to retire from it whenever you become sensible how much better choice it is in your power to make.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801.

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  • 137.
    I am never tempted to pray but when a warm feeling for my friends comes athwart my heart.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, July 10, 1786, to William Stephens Smith. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 10, p. 117, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).

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