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Wise Words by Thomas Jefferson

Compiled by

Noel Ihebuzor

(with bias “before and afterthought” and some off the mark comments on the side!)

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” (is freedom without limits possible?)

“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe”. (state governments that fail to provide for literacy sow the seeds of “unsafety and chaos”. Look around you)

“No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will”. (Censor and enemy no be the same thing-o)

“An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes”. (And She/he often insists on the truth values of propositions that she/he knows to be false.)

“Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education & free discussion are the antidotes of both.” (Told dem-o!)

“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors”. (Thank God say me I no sabi nothing and say I sabi say I no sabi)

“He who knows best knows how little he knows”. (God create in me and in naija tweeps humble minds)

“It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong”. (I no call pesoni dem name-o but dem sabi dem selves naa!)

“To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education”. (EFA na AFE)

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty”. (Gaskiya)

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government”. (true talk, but well informed and pesoni wey go school no be the same-o!)

“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred”. (Best way to avoid Twitfights)

“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances”. (Jide uche gi aka mgbe dum)

Delay is preferable to error”. (no be how fast but how well)

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock”. (avoid the herd mentality)



Development and policy analyst with a strong interest in the arts and inclusive social change. Dabbles occasionally into poetry and literary criticism!

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