Tuesday, January 31, 2012

INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT AND QUOTES FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON

THOMAS JEFFERSON

At 5, began studying under his cousins 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 Ken tucky 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 .

John F. Ken nedy 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 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.

ADDENDUM: Today I voted for Rick Santorum. He is not expected to win, but he is the one who stands closest to my political and life beliefs.

25 comments:

Xavier Onassis said...

Joe - You conveniently failed to mention Jefferson's Bible, where he edited the New Testament by leaving in the moral teachings of Jesus but removed all of the supernatural hocus-pocus about virgin births, the son of God and a ressurection from the dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Bible

Ducky's here said...

Just a man who latched onto Locke's cult of property and complained about taxation while he whipped his slaves.

An oligarch who care nothing for broad democracy.

Joe said...

Anonymous: You are a rank racist.

All anonymous comments, unsigned, will be deleted, as will ad hominem attacks against me or others.

XO: This was a list of interesting things and quotes from Thomas Jefferson, neither exhaustive nor agendized.

The omission of his Bible had nothing to do with this post at all.

I have never denied or approved of his "version" of the Bible. If that's where you're stuck, well, so be it.

Ducky: Yeah. The new country would have been much better off without him.

And without Washington, Adams, Jackson, Madison, etc., etc., etc.

Why don't you rent a DeLorian and go back and take his place? Show us how it should have been done.

Ducky's here said...

No Joe, I'd travel back to Boston and stand with Emerson, Philips Brooks, Garrison et. al.

I wouldn't expect any thanks from the South for saving them from the dead end of plantation agriculture.

Sun Cracked Soul said...

Joe these two libs wouldn't know a great American if one were standing on their foot.

Xavier Onassis said...

Actually, Jefferson is one of my favorite Founding Fathers mainly because of hiis complex relationship with religion. My favorite quote is

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

Aquarians Love To Cuddle said...

Joe said:

".....Why don't you rent a DeLorian and go back and take his place? Show us how it should have been done......"

Some people, if given the chance to go back in time, would warn the folks in New York about September 11, 2001. Others might go back and strangle Hitler in his crib. Still others might go back to rectify a personal or family tragedy. Me? I'd go back to find out why, exactly, Billie Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.

Aquarians Love To Cuddle said...

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

I suspect Mr. Jefferson would have spelt 'neighbour' with a 'u'.
I agree with him - as long as my neighbours only say it. If they should start believing any of it, well, Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war!

Craig said...

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

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

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.


Joe, It's obvious from the spelling of Ken tucky and Ken nedy that this is a cut and paste job. Did you find it in your inbox? The three "quotes" above are bogus. If you can find a proper citation for these, you'll have done what no other historian has been able to do.

Also, too. This is a misquote,

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

This is the actual quote,

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical. "

Do I need to explain the difference between contributions of money and taxes? I would have thought not, before your struggle with the Gregorian calender.

Aquarians Love To Cuddle said...

".....All anonymous comments, unsigned, will be deleted, as will ad hominem attacks against me or others......"

What about 'ad eminem' attacks?

You know where you imply Marshall Mathers is the son of Jerry Mathers?

"Gosh Beav, did you really Lose Yourself in 8 Mile?"
"Gee Wally, Without Me where would music be?

Aquarians Love To Cuddle said...

"....before your struggle with the Gregorian calender....."

Where is his struggle?

It is not like he's Microsoft ya know.
Microsoft's Excel Spreadsheet Programme generates a February 29, 1900 in it's date string coding - as did Lotus 1 2 3 before it.

Now THEY had troubles with the Gregorian Calendar.

Aquarians Love To Cuddle said...

"...in it's date string...."


it's?
Oh dear.
Time for a knap.

sue hanes said...

Joe - Is that by any chance the same Thomas Jefferson that said:

All Men Are Created Equal?

Because if it is - Joe - what about Women?

Aren't All Women Created Equal?

And - Joe - equal to what?
~~~

But I have nothing but respect for Thomas Jefferson.

And I'll tell ya why - Joe.

Because Thomas Jefferson was Smart.
He was an Architect among Other things.

And furthermore he was the Third President of the United States.

But his Second Term didn't go as well as he would have liked - so
he didn't have it mentioned in his Obit.

The Accomplishment that Thomas Jefferson was most Proud of is that he was the Founder of the University of Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson was a Man that we can be Proud of - who helped lay the Foundations of this Great Country - and if ya get the Chance - stop by Monticello some time when yer in the area - cause it is a Great Place.

Real nice place - folks.

Craig said...

Microsoft's Excel Spreadsheet Programme generates a February 29, 1900 in it's date string coding

Ask Joe if that date, let's change it to 2/28/1900 to avoid confusing him further, occurred in the 19th or 20th century. 18th isn't an option, Joe.

Cuddles, Nice work on the Malkin title. I was unhinged 'til I realized you made it up.

Aquarians Love To Cuddle said...

Finally!
A confirmatory avowal.

The Gregorian calendar started from 15th October 1582 - in the Papist realms that is. Any dates prior to that, rendered in Gregorian, are merely proleptic only. Those who say that the 21st century of the Gregorian calendar started January 1, 2001, are wrong: technically, we haven’t even reached the end of the first Gregorian millennium yet - we’re still in the early part of the fifth Gregorian century. The convention of numbering the years is just that; purely a convention. And a convention only works as long as sufficient numbers of people are prepared to accept it. Most people would rather number the years from 0 than from 1, with appropriate corresponding numerical designations for the decades, centuries and millennia.
Therefore?
Christo-centric Calendrics are stupid.
The Classic Maya!
Now THEY had a calendar! And the world ain't gonna end at Winter Solstice this year either - that's just crap.

Craig said...

The Gregorian calendar started from 15th October 1582 - in the Papist realms that is. Any dates prior to that, rendered in Gregorian, are merely proleptic only.

In that case, I propose we ditch the denary system and call 1582 year 0. A Julian year will be measured as 1582 orbits around the sun. I will then make this prediction, the world will come to an end in the year 1.

sue hanes said...

But Joe - If everyone voted for someone who is not expected to win then that person might.

sue hanes said...

Joe - At the risk of being deleted - and I'm gonna go back to my House tomorrow and just in Time I should say - but when I see pictures of TJ I always think of him as a:

twit.

sue hanes said...

Hey Aquarina - pass the mashed potatoes please...

Aquarians Love To Cuddle said...

Sue Hanes,

I'll pass the biscuits instead. Then again, I never had a lick o' sense.

Craig,

The 'denary system'?
There are 10 types of people in the world - those who understand binary and those who do not.

AnyoneButObama said...

Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail..
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health car system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent an omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh's, Hannity's, O'Reilly's and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe for another 4 years.

sue hanes said...

AnyoneButObama - Ever think of moving to Europe?

Xavier Onassis said...

AnyoneButObama - Scaredy cat.

Lone Ranger said...
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Lone Ranger said...

I'm not a big Jefferson fan. Although he was a slave holder, so was Washington. But unlike Washington, he was also a racist. Here's another Jefferson quote:

Blacks "are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both of body and mind."

He was also the co-founder of the democrat party, the largest and oldest criminal organization in this country's history