Thomas Jefferson

     I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever.


Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Sully


Thomas Jefferson, Notes on State of Virginia

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever."


Thomas Jefferson's writings to James Fishback, September 27, 1809

     "The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral precepts of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in his discourses."

Jefferson's Monticello 

     Thomas Jefferson displayed paintings of Biblical scenes illustrating moral teachings in the entrance hall of his family home, Monticello. Commenting on his daily routine, he wrote: "I never go to bed without an hour, or half hour's previous reading of something moral, whereon to ruminate in the intervals of sleep." For Jefferson, this moral reading might have been his own extracts from the Gospels, "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth."


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