More than any other Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson made his reputation on the brilliance of his writing.
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John Adams chose the year-old Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence largely because of his "masterly Pen. Few writers have said so much on so many subjects--and said it so well--as Jefferson. The Quotable Jefferson --the most comprehensive and authoritative book of Jefferson quotations ever published--demonstrates that as does no other book. Drawing primarily on The Papers of Thomas Jefferson , published by Princeton University Press, John Kaminski has carefully collected and cleverly arranged Jefferson's pronouncements on almost subjects, ranging from the profound and public--the Constitution--to the personal and peculiar--cold water bathing.
The Quotable Jefferson is the first book to put Jefferson's words in context with a substantial introduction, a chronology of Jefferson's life, the source of each quotation, an appendix identifying Jefferson's correspondents, and a comprehensive index. The main section of Jefferson quotations, which are arranged alphabetically by topic, is followed by three other fascinating sections of quotations: Jefferson on his contemporaries, his contemporaries on him, and Jefferson on himself.
This book will delight the casual reader and browser, but it is also a serious and carefully edited reference work. Whatever the subject, if Jefferson said something memorable about it, you are likely to find it here. John P.
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Disputed [ edit ] In matters of style, swim with the current: in matters of principle, stand like a rock. As quoted in Careertracking: 26 success Shortcuts to the Top by James Calano and Jeff Salzman; though used in an address by Bill Clinton 31 March , and sometimes cited to Notes on the State of Virginia no earlier occurence of this has yet been located. I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition one redeeming feature.
They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Quoted in Remsburg, John E. Six Historic Americans.
The Jefferson Allegiance
OCLC Misattributed [ edit ] When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Variant: Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.
First attributed to Jefferson in , this does not appear in any known Jefferson document. When governments fear the people, there is liberty It first appears in , in Barnhill, John Basil Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism.
Retrieved on The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Often attributed to Jefferson, no original source for this has been found in his writings, and the earliest established source for similar remarks are those of John Philpot Curran in a speech upon the Right of Election , published in Speeches on the late very interesting State trials : "It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance ; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.
Variant: " Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty ; power is ever stealing from the many to the few" from a speech by Wendell Phillips at the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society on January 28, ; quoted by John Morley, ed. A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.
This has actually become a common paraphrase of a statement that is believed to have originated with Benjamin Franklin : Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. Variation : Disobedience to tyranny is obedience to God. This statement has often been attributed to Jefferson and sometimes to English theologian William Tyndale , or Susan B. Anthony , who used it, but cited it as an "old revolutionary maxim" — it was widely used as an abolitionist and feminist slogan in the 19th century.
The earliest definite citations of a source yet found in research for Wikiquote indicates that the primary formulation was declared by Massachusetts Governor Simon Bradstreet after the overthrow of Dominion of New England Governor Edmund Andros in relation to the " Glorious Revolution " of , as quoted in Official Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the State Convention: assembled May 4th, by the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, p.
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Various; earliest source The Use of Force in International Affairs Philadelphia: Friends Peace Committee, , 6, and popularized by various users in the s: If what your country is doing seems to you practically and morally wrong, is dissent the highest form of patriotism? Zinn's first answer; nowhere in that article does Howard Zinn attribute that quote to Jefferson.
Law professor Jim Lindgren of The Volokh Conspiracy has traced the possible origin of this saying back as far as the 11 November obituary of pacifist activist Dorothy Hewitt Hutchinson in the Philadelphia Inquirer , quoting a interview.