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Thursday, November 13, 2008

No, Jefferson Did Not Say Or Write It.

To those who may actually visit this backwater of a blog, because I've been posting corrections on theirs: Howdy Pard'ners. Now just why the hell are y'all so slatternly in your research that you have chosen to falsely mis-attribute a quotation to Jefferson without even doing basic research into its veracity?

This is NOT TJ's:
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not"

See: Monticello dot org

I await without expectations, proof that I am wrong about this.

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8 Comments:

At 12:12 PM, Blogger EXEGESIS said...

Thanks for your visit to my blog and posting a correction. I researched many different sites and post only the ones I use info from. If I was wrong, then I hope you corrected the site I posted the link to! I'm very careful about Abe Lincoln quotes which often times get confused with Rev.Boetcher's.

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger American Philosophy said...

Google the actual quote and you get many sites putting the quote to jefferson, im not saying this makes it right, but this is more proof then you could provide to say that it is not his quote...
beside the point, whats the harm to putting a good quote to a good man?

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger IntelligentDecline said...

exegesis, you're welcome, and thanks for not taking my heavy-handed commenting personal. In all honesty, I've misquoted in the past. Google Books can pretty much clear up any doubts about American Founder. Use a part of the quote as the search string, and if it returns nothing, use a different part.

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger IntelligentDecline said...

American Philosophy - whats the harm to putting a good quote to a good man?

The harm is that it is a LIE, and you are not only lying to yourself, you are spreading the dishonesty. The harm is that you defame Thomas Jefferson with your dishonesty.

It does not matter how many places you can find this on the web. What matters is an original source citation.

I await without expectations.

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger Charles Slavik, CPT*D said...

This is the citing for the first quote in my blog. Thanks for reading and being a fan of Jefferson.

"A noiseless course, not meddling with the affairs of others, unattractive of notice, is a mark that society is going on in happiness. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 1802. ME 10:342

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger Charles Slavik, CPT*D said...

re: the second quote, I saw it originally on this site and accepted it, but I do not see an exact citing for the quote.

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_about/welfare

 
At 3:15 AM, Blogger Jock said...

Do you check this for comments?

 
At 12:00 AM, Blogger IntelligentDecline said...

occasionally JM, only when I actually long onto this blogger account, which is infrequently. I posted a contact pointer at your blog though.

 

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