Quotes from Jefferson’s Letters

http://alliance.org/files/quotes/Jefferson%20Quotes.pdf
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First set of Thomas Jefferson’s quotes which I shared from his letters:

How could I have omitted this one by Jefferson?

“The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties.”

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 2 days ago
Pertinent words of Thomas Jefferson:

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

“I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.”

“Difference in opinion is helpful in religion.”

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These are the 2nd set of quotes, which I have shared, from Jefferson from his letters to others. (Many of these quotes apply to our present governmental crisis via Trump, imho.)

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”

“No government can continue good, but under the control of the people.”

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. It will often be exercised with wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”

“The most sacred of the duties of a government is to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.”

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And, just because I like this one:

From Jefferson’s pen: “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded faith.”

cubaSteve, from the last thread: (which I just answered):

“It’s simply amazing that you think WE are the ones missing the real Jefferson.”

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MES to Scuba Steve – “I do believe I am better read on the words and biography of Jefferson than are you from the quality of your thinking about Jefferson.”

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Moreover, to all, including ScubaSteve, I never think in terms of “WE” can accurately represent all of the thinking on this blog regarding any subject, including thoughts of Jefferson. Every person is unique in experience both literary and life, and will have unique perspectives. All, meaning each, should be shared in a democratic society.

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McGarnagle
McGarnagle 3 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings

Was Jefferson an atheist?

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gotalife
gotalife 3 hours ago
@McGarnagle @MaryElizabethSings Most smart folks do not believe in religion’s fairy tales.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 3 hours ago
@McGarnagle @MaryElizabethSings

No, Jefferson was not an atheist, but as is true with Jefferson on practically all thought, he thought for himself so that his thinking defies any label regarding religion although some would try to label him as a Deist. See Jefferson’s quote below this which will speak to those who must engage in labeling, to Jefferson’s distaste. (I have to type it first.)

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 3 hours ago
@McGarnagle @MaryElizabethSings

Here is that quote of Jefferson’s. Please make the connection to his thoughts on both labeling and religion from his words, directly, which follow:

“State a moral case to a ploughman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.”

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 3 hours ago
@McGarnagle @MaryElizabethSings

Jefferson, then, was an unorthodox thinker, and that is why he has been so respected over the years, and I will add he was unorthodox in how he lived his life, personally, also, but he was true to his own brilliant perceptions and conscience, which few understand.

As JFK said of Jefferson when in a room with many Nobel Laureates, all of us together could not measure up to the mind of Jefferson. (paraphrased)

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ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve 3 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings @McGarnagle “Unorthodox” is a pretty sanitized word here. You starting to get my point?

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex 2 hours ago
@ScubaSteve @MaryElizabethSings @McGarnagle

Maybe if someone cues up “Brown Sugar”…

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 2 hours ago
@Visual_Cortex @ScubaSteve @MaryElizabethSings @McGarnagle

I always get your points, ScubaSteve. And, my thinking is not limited to racial matters regarding Jefferson, though that is part of it.

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ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve 3 hours ago

MaryElizabethSings 3 hours ago
ScubaSteve, from the last thread: (which I just answered):

“It’s simply amazing that you think WE are the ones missing the real Jefferson.”

——————————————-
MES to Scuba Steve – “I do believe I am better read on the words and biography of Jefferson than are you from the quality of your thinking about Jefferson.”

—————————-

Moreover, to all, including ScubaSteve, I never think in terms of “WE” can accurately represent all of the thinking on this blog regarding any subject, including thoughts of Jefferson. Every person is unique in experience both literary and life, and will have unique perspectives. All, meaning each, should be shared in a democratic society.

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McGarnagle
McGarnagle 3 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings

Was Jefferson an atheist?

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gotalife
gotalife 3 hours ago
@McGarnagle @MaryElizabethSings Most smart folks do not believe in religion’s fairy tales.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 3 hours ago
@McGarnagle @MaryElizabethSings

No, Jefferson was not an atheist, but as is true with Jefferson on practically all thought, he thought for himself so that his thinking defies any label regarding religion although some would try to label him as a Deist. See Jefferson’s quote below this which will speak to those who must engage in labeling, to Jefferson’s distaste. (I have to type it first.)

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 3 hours ago
@McGarnagle @MaryElizabethSings

Here is that quote of Jefferson’s. Please make the connection to his thoughts on both labeling and religion from his words, directly, which follow:

“State a moral case to a ploughman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.”

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 2 hours ago
@McGarnagle @MaryElizabethSings

Jefferson, then, was an unorthodox thinker, and that is why he has been so respected over the years, and I will add he was unorthodox in how he lived his life, personally, also, but he was true to his own brilliant perceptions and conscience, which few understand.

As JFK said of Jefferson when in a room with many Nobel Laureates, all of us together could not measure up to the mind of Jefferson. (paraphrased)

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ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve 2 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings @McGarnagle “Unorthodox” is a pretty sanitized word here. You starting to get my point?

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex 2 hours ago
@ScubaSteve @MaryElizabethSings @McGarnagle

Maybe if someone cues up “Brown Sugar”…

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings 2 hours ago
@Visual_Cortex @ScubaSteve @MaryElizabethSings @McGarnagle

I always get your points, ScubaSteve. And, my thinking is not limited to racial matters regarding Jefferson, though that is part of it.

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ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve 3 hours ago
@MaryElizabethSings I’m not saying don’t share your perspective, but I am going to attack that particular perspective relentlessly. Because it’s asinine.

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex 3 hours ago
As long as he creates millions of jobs, lowers taxes, secures the borders from the ILLEGAL invasion & keeps us safe, appoints CONS judges to the SCOTUS, repeals OBama Care, etc, we, the average middle class citizen,

So much profoundly sad gullibility in so few words.

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TomGaff
TomGaff 3 hours ago
@Visual_Cortex Glad you liked it!

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex 2 hours ago
@TomGaff @Visual_Cortex

I like how you put “illegal” in all-caps. It’s comforting in a way, knowing that a minor civil violation (less serious, really, than traffic violations) still resonates so thoroughly among some.

Always with the all-caps. As in, “what part of ILLEGAL don’t you understand?”

I think Tinkerbell dies if “illegal” isn’t in all-caps.

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TomGaff
TomGaff 46 minutes ago
@Visual_Cortex @TomGaff ILLEGAL means ILLEGAL to millions and Myself! Quite different from the term immigrants or undocumented Calif likes to use!

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