Thomas Jefferson Quotes

It is unfortunate for our peace, that unmerited abuse wounds, while unmerited praise has not the power to heal.

Peace is our passion.

We have… remained in peace, suffering frequent injuries, but, on the whole, multiplying, improving, prospering, beyond all example… Peace then has been our principle, peace is our interest, and peace has saved to the world this only plant of free and rational government now existing in it.

Believing that happiness of mankind is best promoted by the useful pursuits of peace, that on these alone a stable prosperity can be founded, that the evils of war are great in their endurance, and have a long reckoning for ages to come, I have used my best endeavors to keep our country uncommitted in […]

Peace with all nations, and the rights which that gives us with respect to all nations, are our object.

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 vain.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

The first object of my heart is my own country. In that is embarked my family, my fortunes, and my own existence.

I have great hope that some patriotic spirit will, at a favorable moment, call (up the law for religious freedom) and make it the keystone of the arch of our government.

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.