Jefferson distinguished himself as a horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author and inventor. I could easily fill three pages or more on the amount of trivia that is available on Jefferson; however one thing I enjoyed learning was that he is the only two-term US President to never veto an act of Congress.
He has been quoted so much, that it’s difficult to pick a favorite; however I would have to say that his, ”The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.“ ranks among my all-time favorites. I have personally used this in speeches from time to time.
Some others that deserve mentioning mainly due to the economic situation we are in right now are:
“I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.”
“I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers…. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.”
“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”
“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.”
“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.”
All from Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826.