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Who Was Thomas Jefferson?

What an amazing guy! such important stuff to remember and learn from.
Let us not forget from which we have come!

Who was Thomas Jefferson?

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America? And retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33, took three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute

for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.

At 57, was elected the third president

of the United States.

At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.

At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello.

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

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Jefferson was brilliant

but let's not idolize the man. He may have studied Greek at an early age, but, according to a letter he wrote to Adams, received a lot of help understanding and pronouncing it from a guy he met while in France. And everyone used to learn Latin - both my parents learning Latin in school in the 30s/40s as it was required to get into college.
I don't like that Jefferson had it in for Patrick Henry and blamed him when others raised an inquiry about what they saw as Jefferson's cowardice when the Brits invaded Virginia during his governorship. In a 1784 letter, Jefferson asked James Madison – in code – to “devoutly pray” for Henry’s death. At other times, Jefferson described Henry as “implacable,” “a great foe” and a potential dictator seeking “every power . . . over our persons.” He was very jealous of Henry's 5 successful terms as governor.
Jefferson was never a very good lawyer, either - he had no talent for speech. He also died broke.
I read the Jefferson/Adams letters and to be honest, in his older age, Jefferson wasn't very pleasant. Adams seemed to have lightened up a lot as he matured whereas Jefferson came off at times as quite the curmudgeon.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

I was just thinking about him.

"Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now." Thomas Jefferson


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

My personal favorite

[I reprobate] our merchants, priests, and lawyers, for their adherence to England and monarchy, in preference to their own country and its Constitution.

But merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them, and to effect this, they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purposes.


He did believe some very wrong-headed things about black people, though. He believed they didn't feel grief because they're little more than animals..


Their griefs are transient. Those numberless afflictions, which render it doubtful whether heaven has given life to us in mercy or in wrath, are less felt, and sooner forgotten with them. In general, their existence appears to participate more of sensation than reflection. To this must be ascribed their disposition to sleep when abstracted from their diversions, and unemployed in labour....

Talking for others may be premature

"Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man."

But Jefferson did not believe in Trinity.

Odd, Jefferson was a

Odd, Jefferson was a longstanding member of a church that did, and he was never kicked out.

Maybe your history isn't that good.

If people ever republished some of the stuff I've posted throughout the last 30 years online, I could be made to look like any sort of kook - but where I choose to be a member of in church is what I basically believe. It is where I was baptized, my public confession of the faith.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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Jefferson Memorial

The few times I've been to Washington D.C. I have to visit the Jefferson Memorial. It's amazing to me that it still stands. Every word carved in the marble and printed on the displays fly in the face of what goes on daily in that retched enclave. I have been expecting the powers that be to find ANY excuse to close this monument so that the people cannot see what LIBERTY is all about and how once upon a time a great man wrote these marvelous things...

Beware the cult of "government"...

I was there a year ago

My dad died in January of 2012 so me and the other 6 siblings all went to Baltimore to spread his ashes. I made a point to go see the Jefferson memorial while I was there and it was definitely powerful. You are so right about the words inscribed on the walls. It's an amazing experience, especially seeing "I have sworn upon the alter of god..." in that form. I'll never forget it.

No train to Stockholm.

Actually, from a Christian

Actually, from a Christian point of view, it's probably the worst thing he ever said.

Jefferson is not eternal, nor God.

So while I dismiss most of the quotes from atheists that are out of context, made up wholesale (about half of them if you go by other sites statistics), or published after he died; this quote seems to slip by some.

It's actually not a good quote. Defending liberty doesn't mean blaspheming God. Jefferson had some good religious quotes, but this isn't one of them.

"Freedom is a gift from God" is a good quote. Actually, if you think about it, those two quotes conflict.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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very cool

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

I wish....

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

He was terribly wrong about one thing.

"I killed the banks."
He did not know about zombies I guess. Other than that, he was indeed, brilliant.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Andrew Jackson

I believe was the one who made the claim "I killed the Bank" and he did kill the charter bank at that time. To bad it didn't stay dead long, damn zombie bankers always coming back to life! I think to really kill one for good you have to drive a stake made of gold into their heart. They hate gold, they only keep it according to Bennie B. is because it's tradition...:)

The bold effort the present bank had made to control the government ... are but premonitions of the fate that await the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it-Andrew Jackson

I stand corrected.

Someone is working on the proper weapon:

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

That was Andrew Jackson, not

That was Andrew Jackson, not Thomas Jefferson who said that.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

My bad.

Still a good line though... lol!

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Very Good Fishy!

You can't kill a zombie..