Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.
At 5, he began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
At 9, he studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, he studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, he entered The College of William and Mary.
He could write in Greek with one hand while writing in Latin with the other.
At 19, he studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, he started his own law practice.
At 25, he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, he wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America”.
At 32, he was a delegate to the second Continental Congress.
At 33, he wrote the Declaration of Independence .
At 36, he was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, he served in Congress for two years.
At 41, he was the American minister to France.
At 46, he served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, he served as Vice President and was elected
At 55, he drafted the Kentucky Resolutions.
At 57, he was elected the third President of the United States .
At 60, he completed the Louisiana Purchase wit France.
At 61, he was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, he retired to Monticello.
At 80, he helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, he almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first President.
At 83, he died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.
Thomas Jefferson understood actual history, the nature of God, and the nature of man. He knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.
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
“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 bad governments
results from too much government.”— 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
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
Disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”— Thomas Jefferson