Thomas Jefferson


“I know my own principles to be pure and therefore am not ashamed of them. On the contrary, I wish them known and therefore willingly express them to everyone. They are the same I have acted on from the year 1775 to this day, and are the same, I am sure, with those of the great body of the American people.” (letter to Samuel Smith, 1798)

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States, was the nation’s greatest champion of representative democracy and the rights of man.

Quotations from the Writings of Thomas Jefferson