Skip to comments.Thomas Jefferson--WELL WORTH READING!!!!
Posted on 02/18/2014 7:26:42 AM PST by Paul46360
This is amazing history. Be sure to read the quotes in BOLD at the end. 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. Also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.
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 Benjamin 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 an 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 "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." -- Thomas Jefferson
I wish we could get this out to every American! I'm doing my part. Now do yours
Have no doubt Thomas Jefferson did have words for the lazy that hit home. I remember some things about school but not enough. During the time was in High School little truth was being taught because it was the time of new beginnings in the late 50s and early 60s. By the time began College found that the process was one to make one do their own research and to think for oneself. Guess, I was lucky to have gone to College then, for now, probably is not the same of where they teach one to think for oneself. I agree the words of the Founders should be required reading beyond the Declaration and Constitution though regrettably schools appear to be afraid of backlash in teaching the truth. Instead we have those teaching our young that say things, along the line of, *Don't you say nothin' bad about obama ... You'll be arrested*, as happened in North Carolina. From what I understand that teacher is currently in the classroom when it was the teacher, in that case, and not the student that needed to research and read. This is America and Thomas Jefferson was impugned relentlessly while alive and also after his death. Thomas Jefferson understood the value of a free press, even if the free press lied. Not many understand today. Thus my total agreement ... Thomas Jefferson should occupy, at a minimum, one full semester of High School curriculum and possibly two.
Thank you, will read later. Thanks, once more.
Perhaps, but he was still a deist who ridiculed the supernatural.
As a devoted church goer, and a vestry in the church, and a clearly pro-Christian leader, Jefferson was clearly more religious than the left portrays him as.
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How did he do this without an iPad or computer?
He was lucky to have paper and a quill and ink!
meanwhile in Los Angeles the schools are getting more then $1 billion in iPads that will be a continued expense for taxpayers and a nice fat profit for Apple. The kids will still dropout at a 50%+ rate.
It’s a Saint Valentine’s Day Thing ... Only works if you send a valentine to the admin mod.
Good quotes from a man who was not an Biblical Christian, but the practical wisdom of men in those days was a gift of God to this country.
However, the quote, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not” is not yet substantiated as far as i can see.
Status: This exact quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It bears a very vague resemblance to Jefferson’s comment in a prospectus for his translation of Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy:
“To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it.’” - http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/democracy-will-cease-to-exist-quotation
"Religious" doesn't necessarily mean "orthodox," you know . . . especially in "the Age of Reason." Then there's his mutilated bible.
Hmm, sounds like someone who definitely promoted the separation of church and state, doesn't it???
He did it on a Quill-pad or qPad
Exactly, the same left who can rewrite Clinton and Reagan, has an easier time rewriting the Founding fathers.
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