Thomas Jefferson

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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. Also
could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the
other.

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 50 th 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.”

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