“If the people let government decide
what foods they eat and what medicines they take,
their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state
as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
— Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government
Over 2,700 excerpts from Jefferson’s writings arranged under 56 subjects provide a complete outline of Jefferson’s political philosophy and explain the founding principles of American self-government.
The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
Extracted Textually from the Gospels
Jefferson’s compilation of the moral philosophy of Jesus.
Rayner’s Life of Thomas Jefferson
A completely revised and corrected edition of B. L. Rayner’s biography, published originally in 1834, that emphasizes the role of republican principles in Jefferson’s life and thought. It contains many excerpts from Jefferson’s writings, as well as anecdotes taken from the writings of those who knew Jefferson.
Favorite Jefferson Quotes
A collection of about 350 of the most popular quotations selected from the much larger collection at
Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government.
The quotes in this collection are especially useful for writing and speaking, and visitors are encouraged to download them for their own use. The quotes are contained in six easily downloaded files.
Jefferson on Freedom of Religion
A complete copy of Jefferson’s Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom in the State of Virginia, with a comparison to the Act as passed by the Virginia Legislature.
The Jeffersonian Perspective
Commentary on today’s social and political issues based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson. 50+ essays that critique national policies from the perspective of this nation’s founding principles.
Objectivism and Thomas Jefferson
Seven essays on the philosophy of Ayn Rand that examine in detail the fundamental differences between Rand’s philosophy and the political philosophy of Jefferson and the Founding Fathers.
Conversations on Morality and the Jefferson Bible
An open forum for discussions on the history of conscience and ethics with especial reference to the Jefferson Bible.
Essays on capitalism and world finance that include a Jeffersonian viewpoint.
Hundreds of questions sent in by visitors to the above websites, with answers by the editor.
Conversations on Thomas Jefferson and Jeffersonian Politics
An open forum for discussions on topics related to Thomas Jefferson including, but not limited to, the Sally Hemings controversy.