Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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Thomas Jefferson (about Hamilton): I'll give him this: his financial system is a work of genius. I couldn't undo it if I tried. And I tried.

Aaron Burr: I look forward to our partnership.

Thomas Jefferson: Our partnership?

Aaron Burr: As your vice-President.

Thomas Jefferson: Ha. Yeah, right. You hear this guy? Man openly campaigns against me, talkin' bout, "I look forward to our partnership."

James Madison: It's crazy that the guy who comes in second becomes vice President.

Thomas Jefferson: Yeah, you know what? We can change that. You know why?

James Madison: Why?

Thomas Jefferson: 'Cuz I'm the President. Hey, Burr, when you see Hamilton, thank him for the endorsement.

Thomas Jefferson (about Burr): He's not very forthcoming on any particular stances.

James Madison: Ask him a question: it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances.

Thomas Jefferson: And they say I'm a Francophile: at least they know I know where France is!

Thomas Jefferson: He's never gon' be President now.

Madison & Burr: Never gon' be President now.

Thomas Jefferson: That's one less thing to worry about.

(Hamilton gives Burr a letter to read...)

Aaron Burr: "Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health and in a prosperous enough position to put wealth in the pockets of people like me: down on their luck. You see, it was my wife who you decided to—"

Thomas Jefferson: Whaaaat—

Thomas Jefferson: Hamilton's a host unto himself. As long as he can hold a pen, he's a threat.

Thomas Jefferson (to Hamilton): You're nothing without Washington behind you.

George Washington: Hamilton!

Thomas Jefferson (to Hamilton): Daddy's calling.

Thomas Jefferson: I know that Alexander Hamilton is here and he would rather not have this debate. I'll remind you that he is not Secretary of State. He knows nothing of loyalty, smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty, desperate to rise above his station, everything he does betrays the ideals of our nation.

Alexander Hamilton: When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game. But you don't get a win unless you play in the game. Oh, you get love for it. You get hate for it. You get nothing if you...

Hamilton & Company: Wait for it, wait for it, wait!

Alexander Hamilton: God help and forgive me, I wanna build something that's gonna outlive me.

Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson & Madison: What do you want, Burr? If you stand for nothing, Burr, then what do you fall for?

Aaron Burr: I... wanna be in the room where it happens. I've got to be in the room where it happens.

Thomas Jefferson: Such a blunder sometimes it makes me wonder why I even bring the thunder.

James Madison: Why he even brings the thunder...

Thomas Jefferson (to Hamilton): Look, when Britain taxed our tea, we got frisky. Imagine what gon' happen when you try to tax our whisky.

Thomas Jefferson: "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." We fought for these ideals; we shouldn't settle for less. These are wise words, enterprising men quote "em. Don't act surprised, you guys, cuz I wrote 'em.

Thomas Jefferson: What'd I miss? Headfirst into a political abyss! I have my first cabinet meeting today, I guess I better think of something to say, I'm already on my way, let's get to the bottom of this...

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