The story of the Louisiana Purchase is one of strength, of Jefferson’s adaptability and, most important, his determination to secure the territory from France, doubling the size of the country and transforming the United States into a continental power. A slower or less courageous politician might have bungled the acquisition; an overly idealistic one might have lost it by insisting on strict constitutional scruples. Jefferson, however, was neither
It is error alone that needs the support of government.2 Truth can stand by itself. -THOMAS JEFFERSON, on freedom of religion
Good humor, Jefferson added, “is the practice of sacrificing to those whom we meet in society all the little conveniences and preferences which will gratify them, and deprive us of nothing worth a moment’s consideration;
This isn’t fair, Dad,
the people are intelligent, the people are just, and in time these characteristics must have an effect on their Representatives.
Always take all the time to reflect that circumstances permit, but when the time for action has come, stop thinking. (Andrew Jackson)
I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions … but I know also that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind….
fulcrum stood the brilliant but fallible
United by no fixed principles or objects and destitute of everything like American feeling, so detestable a minority never existed in any country-Their whole political creed is contained in a single word ‘opposition’-They
He dreamed big but understood that dreams become reality only when their champions are strong enough and wily enough to bend history to their purposes. Broadly put, philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.