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Thomas Jefferson’s 14 most egregious viral fake quotes


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It is a comforting thought that ideas of the past can carry us through the trials of the present. We seek to famous, loved leaders for advice, whether it is Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhior waltz disney. We google them. What we find, however, is not a pile of pearls of wisdom but a pile of garbage. Fakes abound, attacking our will to believe. And online peddlers looking for easy clicks and likes loves nothing more than a former president, especially a founding father. Some people have more fake quotes attributed to them on the internet than Thomas Jefferson. And today, we take a look at some of the most popular.

No, Jefferson never said “facts are stubborn things.” No, he never said, “when tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.” And the third President of the United States of America certainly did not say, “a democracy is nothing more than the rule of the mob.”

We have 14 quotes you may have seen circulating the internet recently, all attributed to one of the main authors of the Constitution. Some have even been regurgitated by Republican politicians like Reps. Madison Cawthorn from North Carolina and Jim Jordan from Ohio. But they are all wrong.