"The bulk of mankind are school boys thro’ life."
- Thomas Jefferson, 1818

Lifelong Education ... The School of Life ... An Educated Electorate ... The University of Virginia

Lifelong Education

Jefferson never lost his curiosity to know more.

The School of Life

"The wise know their weakness too well to assume infallibility; and he who knows most, knows best how little he knows."

-Thomas Jefferson, 1812

An Educated Electorate

"To give to every citizen the information he needs...to understand his duties to his neighbors and country...to know his rights..."
- Thomas Jefferson, 1818


The University of Virginia

"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind."
Thomas Jefferson, 1820

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A Passion for Nature

With his devotion to detailed knowledge, precise calculation, and rational enquiry, natural history related to everything Jefferson studied.