Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant.




Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant.

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. --Thomas Jefferson

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both. We are destined to be a barrier against the returns of ignorance and barbarism. Old Europe will have to lean on our shoulders, and to hobble along by our side, under the monkish trammels of priests and kings, as she can. What a Colossus shall we be when the Southern continent comes up to our mark! What a stand will it secure as a ralliance for the reason & freedom of the globe! I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. So good night. I will dream on, always fancying that Mrs Adams and yourself are by my side marking the progress and the obliquities of ages and countries.

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Thomas Jefferson

Year: 1816
Context: Letter to John Adams, Monticello
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