[Homestead] Happy Birthday, T.J.
genegerue at ruralize.com
Wed Apr 13 11:53:28 EDT 2005
It would be a stretch to call Thomas Jefferson a homesteader. Nonetheless,
he embodied many of the characteristics of same. T.J. was an
independently-minded agriculturist who, with substantial slave help, grew
most of his household's food needs on his own land. He collected and
experimented with plants from many places. The gardens at Monticello are
today visited by thousands yearly. They include fruits, vegetables and
ornamentals large in number. His mind was magnificent. Here are a few of
"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies."
"Determine never to be idle. . . It is wonderful how much may be done if we
are always doing."
"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath
"Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and
mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day."
"Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and
Romans, and must be that of every free state."
"I cannot live without books."
"I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself
infinitely the happier for it."
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand
like a rock."
"Never spend your money before you have it." [Do as he advises, not as he
lived; he had a lifelong problem with following his own advice on this one.]
"Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself."
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