Some Wisdom From Monticello

Thomas Jefferson was certainly an interesting and influential man. I take exception with a great many things he said, but also enjoy other. Here are a few peckings.

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

One man with courage is a majority.


A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.

I cannot live without books.

I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.

If God is just, I tremble for my country.

It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Never spend your money before you have earned it.

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