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Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) [edit]

American politician and third President of the United States (1801–1809).

Quotations with indication of source [edit]

  • "At the altar of God I swore eternal enmity over men in every form of tyranny." - quoted in: Wolfgang Koeppen. America trip. Stuttgart Goverts 1959, p. 62
  • (Original English: "I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Letter to Benjamin Rush dated Sept. 23, 1800 memory.loc.gov)
Inscription on the dome frieze inside the Jefferson Memorial (built 1939-1943).
  • "The tree of freedom must be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. This is freedom's natural fertilizer." - quoted in: Hannah Arendt. About the revolution. Munich Piper, 1963. p. 300
  • (Original English: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." - Letter to Colonel William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787. In: Memoirs, Correspondence and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. II, ed. v. Thomas Jefferson Randolph, London 1829. p. 269 Google Books)
  • "Peace, trade and sincere friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none." - quoted in: Wolfgang-Uwe Friedrich, United States of America - A political country studies, Leske + Budrich, Opladen 2000. S. 137 Google Books
George Washington said or wrote in his farewell address on Sept. 17, 1796: "Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; [...]" en.wikisource .org)
  • "Providing for people's lives and happiness, rather than destroying them, is the first and only legitimate goal of good government." [WQ] - Address to The Republican Citizens of Washington County, Maryland, March 31, 1809. In: Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. XVI, ed. v. Andrew Lipscomb and Albert Bergh, Washington, D. C. 1903. p. 359
  • (Original English: "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." - Internet Archive)
Already in the 1776 Declaration of Independence drafted by Jefferson it says:
  • "We consider the following truths to be clear in themselves and need no proof, namely: that all men are born equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that freedom and the pursuit of happiness belong to this life; that, in order to secure these rights, governments must be established whose full powers come from the consent of the governed; [...]. " verassungen.net
  • (Original English: '"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— -That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, [...]. ")
  • "I am not one of those who fear the people. With the people and not with the rich lies the security of permanent freedom. In order to preserve their independence, we must not allow our rulers to burden us with an eternal debt. We must choose between simplicity and freedom, or waste and bondage. " - quoted in: Gustav Adolf Rein, The Three Great Americans - Hamilton, Jefferson, Washington: Excerpts from their works, (Classics of Politics, Volume 7), R. Hobbing, Berlin 1923. P. 134
  • (Original English: "I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence of our continued freedom. And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between liberty and economy, or profusion and servitude." - Letter to Samuel Kerchuval, July 12, 1816. In: Memoirs, Correspondence and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. II, ed. v. Thomas Jefferson Randolph, London 1829. p. 297 Google Books)
  • "I sincerely believe, like you, that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money under the name of finance at the expense of posterity is a large-scale deception of the future." [WQ]
  • (Original English: "[..] I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. " - Letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816. In: Memoirs, Correspondence and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. IV, ed. v. Thomas Jefferson Randolph, London 1829. p. 288 Google Books. See also Private Banks (Quotation) monticello.org)
  • "I think that every now and then a little rebellion has its good, it is just as necessary in politics as a thunderstorm in nature." - quoted in: Peter Schäfer, Ulrike Skorsetz, Gabriele Winkel, The Presidents of the USA in Life Pictures - From George Washington to George W. Bush, Komet Verlag, Cologne 2005. p. 40
  • (Original English: "I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical." - Letter to James Madison after Shays ’rebellion 1787. In: Memoirs, Correspondence and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. II, ed. v. Thomas Jefferson Randolph, London 1829. p. 87 Google Books)
  • "Public opinion seldom makes decisions immoral or unwise, and those who distance themselves from it should examine their own judgment with suspicion." [WQ] - Letter to William Findley, Washington, March 24, 1801 in: The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. IX .: 1799-1803, Cosimo, New York 2009. pp. 224f.Google Books
  • (Original English: "It is rare that the public sentiment decides immorally or unwisely, and the individual who differs from it ought to distrust and examine well his own opinion.")
  • "But the way things are, we have the wolf by our ears, and we can neither hold it nor let it go with certainty." - quoted in: The United States of North America, in: The presence. An encyclopedic representation of the latest contemporary history. Tenth volume. FA. Brockhaus Leipzig 1855, p. 202 books.google. By the wolf is meant slavery.
  • (Original Engl .: "[...] but, as it is, we have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go." Letter to John Holmes, April 22, 1820, loc.gov)
  • "If I had to choose between a people with a newspaper and without a government - and a people with a government but without a newspaper - I would definitely choose the former!" - quoted by Rudolf H. Koss: Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Schnellpressen-Druck des “Herold”, 1871, p. 54 books.google
  • ("The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them. "- Letter to Colonel Edward Carrington (January 16, 1787) uchicago.edu)

Incorrectly attributed

  • "Those who are willing to give up essential freedoms in order to gain temporary security deserve neither freedom nor security." - Benjamin Franklin, in: William Temple Franklin (Ed.), Memoirs of the life and writings of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 1, Printed by T.S. Manning, Philadelphia, 1818. pp. 333-334. Internet Archive Research now suspects the British colonial agent Richard Jackson to be the co-author of the quote.
  • "Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." - on the unresolved issue of the author, see Wendell Phillips.
  • "The best government is the one that rules the least."

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