The words and ideas in the Declaration have impacted human rights around the world.
"because by these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered." —Thomas Jefferson, Design for Tombstone and Inscription, undated
For Jefferson, whose unorthodox religious views were a matter of heated discussion, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was one of his greatest achievements.
Jefferson conceived, promoted, founded and designed the University of Virginia as "the hobby of my old age."