Founders' Quote Database

Thomas Jefferson

Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14 — 1781
Category: History
History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.

Thomas Jefferson

letter to John Adams — 1817
Category: History
A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.

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