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Why are there no quotes on the second amendment.



That's because Jefferson didn't refer directly to the Second Amendment in his writings. There are a lot of quotes mis-attributed to him on the subject, but his only direct reference to the right to bear arms is his drafts for the Virginia Constitution -

Here's a little more about what we know on the subject of Jefferson and Firearms -



I saw this quote, and it seems to be an anachronism. Based on what I know about advertising, I don't think it was even prevalent in Thomas Jefferson's day. I believe Henry Ford said this. Are you able to verify?

"The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time."


I needed to find quotes on the second amendment for an essay I'm writing for class. I don't understand why I cant find any. :/


Hi Keith,

You are right, this is pretty anachronistic. I am having a hard time imagining a situation where Jefferson would be giving anyone advertising advice! He did use the word "advertising," but not really in the sense we see here. Barry Popik has given this quote a thorough treatment over at the Big Apple:


I am wondering about a quote that was assigned to my child: A man with courage is a majority'. Did Jefferson say or write this? And where? Another similar quote 'A man with courage makes a majority' seems to be attributed to Andrew Jackson. Help!


So sorry for the delay on this! No, this is not a genuine Jefferson quote.


Hello, I am new and wish to find out if Mr. Jefferson said, "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow around (the banks) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homesless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it propery belongs."


Although Jefferson was often suspicious of banks, we do not believe that quotation can be attributed to him. Check out this article about the veracity of this quotation researched and written by the good folks at our Jefferson Library -


Hello, I am trying to track down something i read many years ago. Somewhere along the line I came across a discription, which I believe was by Jefferson, about what made an educated man. The statement was that he considered an educated man to be one who was published, had invented something, and discovered something new. can anyone here help me out? PS I'm new to the site, and not sure how tags and discussions work , so forgive any transgressions till I figure it out , Please
Carl Johansson

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