How old would Thomas Jefferson be this week? 271 years old! One of the founders of the US and its third president was born on April 13, 1743. Sunday of this week marked the not-so-well-known Thomas Jefferson Day throughout the country.
Jefferson was vital in shaping much of the political framework of the US. There have been hundreds of books written about his life, both personal and public. He certainly led an interesting life serving in the Continental Congress, as governor of Virginia during the war, and as a diplomat in Paris. He was the first Secretary of State for the US as well!
These days, Jefferson is best known for snippets of his writings or sayings that have been passed down and relied upon to reflect on the American character for decades. There have been many cases of people misappropriating quotes to Jefferson’s name as well.
In honor of Jefferson’s birthday this week, we wanted to share some of his best quotes and words of wisdom with you today!
A few of Jefferson’s rules for practical life:
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
“Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.”
“Never spend your money before you have it.”
“Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.”
“Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.”
On friendship and wine: “I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.”
On his vision for the University of Virginia: “This institution [University of Virginia] will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”
On rebellion: “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”
On tyranny of the mind: “I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”