The Amazing Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

I found this most agreeable as Jefferson’s holds a place on my family tree.

> Thomas Jefferson

> This is amazing. There are two parts. Be sure to read the 2nd part.
> 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.
> 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 Ben 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 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 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

> Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
> “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.”


About reginajeffers

Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and contemporary novels.
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