Thomas Jefferson/misquotes

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Misquoting Thomas Jefferson seems to be a popular pastime on both sides of the political spectrum. Some things Jefferson did not say but which are widely attributed to him include the following:


A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.



A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have....

Monticello has not found this anywhere in Jefferson's writings


  • /Christianity "...I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature...": a quote with two versions

Social Welfare

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

I can't find a definitive statement that he did not say this, but it's not in any of the reliable collections and nobody cites a source for it.