Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson, (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Thomas Jefferson Quote

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
~ Thomas Jefferson


Ratings and Comments


J Carlton, Calgary

Me too.

jim k, Austin, Tx

From Jefferson to Obama, what a slide into the pits.

Fadua Mohana, Danbury

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Khalil Gibran

Mary - MI
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Mary - MI    9/27/13

George Washington clearly and truly lived by that statement.

Cal, Lewisville, TX

Our greatest president.

Matthew, Peoples Republik of Kalifornia

HA! This from a slave-owner...

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC Matthew, Peoples Republik of Kalifornia 7/24/18

Jefferson inherited his slaves and they were already used as collateral and could not be freed without the debts being paid off.  Had his entry in the Declaration of Independence been accepted by the Southern states, slavery would have been abolished, and Jefferson's slaves would have been freed.

J Carlton, Calgary

Matthew, half the planet's wealthy people had slaves at the time and it still goes on today. Can you not get your head around the FACT that slavery was an English legacy and that the Founders were moving away from it? Why don't you just come right out and trash ALL of the principles that the nation was founded upon and get it over with?

Mike, Norwalk

Who here prefers the dangerous freedom of living; non-compliant to compelled compliance, free without license, without modifying actions due to victimless crimes, a life without paying larceny demands or with inalienable rights intact, over slavery ? ? ?

E Archer, NYC

No peace without Liberty.

J. Allen, Arlington, Va

Matthew wouldn't be aware that Jefferson tried to have slavery outlawed in our original constitution.

I expect Matthew would want the Jefferson Memorial removed. Washington Monument also since Washington had slaves and then rename the nations capitol. What a simple minded response from him.

E Archer, NYC

Slavery is the number one racket in the world, far from being abolished, the conditions are merely improved in the 'civilized' nations.  Most demand their servitude/security.  Those that demand Liberty are called selfish and are bound even tighter as an example.  Self-sufficient, productive, and cooperative people are a threat to victim-consciousness (i.e. slave-consciousness).  Apparently people who wish to live free are 'radicals' — that's what they tell us on the boob tube.  I'm not sure how wanting to live up to the ideals of America is considered so dangerous by the oppressed masses, but here we are...

C.R.Savetier

This is not even from T. Jefferson. This quote is said by some polish Duke, which was translated to English later.

"Under such a constitution above all, the citizen should arm himself with strength and constancy, and say, every day of his life, what a virtuous Count Palatine said in the Diet of Poland: Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium."
/ Rousseau, Du Contrat Social (Chapter IV. Democracy)

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