"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." Thomas Jefferson, 1789.
"A system of general education, which shall reach every description of our citizens from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so will it be the latest of all the public concerns in which I shall permit myself to take an interest." Thomas Jefferson, 1818.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson, as cited in Padover, 1939, p. 89.