Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
There exists indeed an opposition to it [building of UVA, Jefferson’s secular college] by the friends of William and Mary, which is not strong. The most restive is that of the priests of the different religious sects, who dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of day-light; and scowl on it the...
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Most virtues when carried beyond certain bonds degenerate into vices.
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens
Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state.
The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements
Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
Let common sense and common honesty have fair play, and they will soon set things to rights.
That peace, safety, and concord may be the portion of our native land, and be long enjoyed by our fellow-citizens, is the most ardent wish of my heart, and if I can be instrumental in procuring or preserving them, I shall think I have not lived in va
While wading through the whimsies, the puerilities, and unintelligible jargon of this work [Plato’s Republic], I laid it down often to ask myself how it could have been that the world should have so long consented to give reputation to such nonsense as this?
I think we are a more dangerous team with what we can do this season,
The execution of the laws is more important than the making them
Those who sacrifice freedom for safety deserve neither.
I rejoice that in this blessed country of free inquiry and belief, which has surrendered its creed and conscience to neither kings nor priests, the genuine doctrine of only one God is reviving, and I trust that there is not a young man now living in