Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.1 I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively.2
THOMAS JEFFERSON. Inscription on the northwest quadrant of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., selected by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission.
Freedom of religion
Note 1. A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 2, pp. 5456 (1950). The inscription contains the ellipses above, but it omits other words without ellipses. [back]
Note 2. Letter to James Madison, August 28, 1789, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 15, p. 367 (1958). [back]