Thomas Jefferson was a very
remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.
At 5, he began studying under his
At 9, he studied Latin, Greek and
At 14, he studied classical
literature and additional languages.
At 16, he entered the
At 19, he studied The Law for 5
years, starting under George Wythe.
At 23, he started his own law
At 25, he was elected to the
Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, he wrote the widely
circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America” and
retired from his law practice.
At 32, he was a Delegate to the
Second Continental Congress.
At 33, he wrote the Declaration of
At 33, he took three years to
legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious
At 36, he was elected the second
Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, he served in Congress for
At 41, he was the American minister
and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben
Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, he 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, he drafted the Kentucky
Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
At 57, he was elected the third
president of the
At 60, he obtained the
At 61, he was elected to a second
term as President.
At 65, he retired to
At 80, he helped President Monroe
shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, he almost single-handedly
its first president.
At 83, he died on the 50th
anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, along with John
Thomas Jefferson knew what he 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.
from the past that can help 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
Our society we know today will cease to exist
when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who
“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.
“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.”
“My reading of history convinces me that
most bad government results from too much government.”
“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.
“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
“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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