Jefferson, Notes on State of Virginia
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
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
Jefferson's Monticello www.monticello.org
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."