Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God
Establish the eternal truth that acquiescence under insult is not the way to escape war.
Never yet could I find that a black had uttered a thought above the level of plain narration; never saw even an elemental trait of painting or sculpture.
Every man is under the natural duty of contributing to the necessities of the society; and this is all the laws should enforce on him.
I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind. Thomas Jefferso
No religious reading, instruction or exercise, shall be prescribed or practiced [in the elementary schools] inconsistent with the tenets of any religious sect or denomination.
Drawing ... is an innocent & engaging amusement, often useful, and a qualification not to be neglected in one who is to become a mother & an instructor.
The banks themselves were doing business on capitals three-fourths of which were fictitious. This fictitious capital... is now to be lost, and to fall on somebody; it must take on those who have property to meet it, and probably on the less cautious part, who, not aware of the impending catastrophe,
... I am not afraid of priests. They have tried upon me all their various batteries of pious whining, hypocritical canting, lying and slandering. I have contemplated their order from the Magi of the East to the Saints of the West and I have found no difference of character, but of more or less cauti
The Petition of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Chapman Johnson, Joseph C. Cabell, James Breckenridge, John Hartwell Cocke, and Robert Taylor the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia ... Respectfully representeth ... That the value of science to a republican people, the security it...
We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor I.
You have lived longer than I have and perhaps may have formed a different judgment on better grounds; but my observations do not enable me to say I think integrity the characteristic of wealth. In general I believe the decisions of the people, in a body, will be more honest and more disinterested th
Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.
Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.
Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.
Bigotry is the disease of ignorance...
History teaches the young the virtues of freedom. By apprising them of the past it will enable them to judge the future.
During the late war I had an infallible rule for deciding what Great Britain would do on every occasion. It was, to consider what they ought to do, and to take the reverse of that as what they would assuredly do, and I can say with truth that I was never deceived.
And Botany I rank with the most valuable sciences, whether we consider its subjects as furnishing the principal subsistence of life to man and beast, delicious varieties for our tables, refreshments from our orchards, the adornments of our flower-borders, shade and perfume of our groves, materials f
the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality.
Every man's reason is his own rightful umpire. This principle, with that of acquiescence in the will of the majority, will preserve us free and prosperous as long as they are sacredly observed.
I have ever judged of the religion of others by their lives. For it is in our lives, and not from our works, that our religion must be read.
If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.
Truth between candid minds can never do harm.
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
[An] act of the Congress of the United States... which assumes powers... not delegated by the Constitution, is not law, but is altogether void and of no force.
A little revolution is a good thing.