In Honor of His Birthday April 13, 1724
“Father of the Declaration of Independence” “Founder of the University of Virginia” “Author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom,” “Universal Genius”
Freedom and Liberty
- 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.
- Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
- Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Knowledge and Learning
- If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.
- I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
- It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
I cannot live without books.
- Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant, education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.
- I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.”
- I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
- When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
- One man with courage is a majority.
- Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
- When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
- I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Power is not alluring to pure minds.