Thomas Jefferson quotes provide great insight in the thought process and opinions of the founding founder of United States of America.

Jefferson was born on 13 April, 1743 in Colonial Virginia. He was of English and Welsh ancestry. His father was a farmer. Thomas Jefferson studied and practiced law. He was an ardent defendant of slaves seeking their freedom. He served as the third president of the United States of America from 1801 to 1809. He was also the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.


“I cannot live without books.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
Thomas Jefferson

“In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.”
Thomas Jefferson

“As new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.”
Thomas Jefferson

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.”
Thomas Jefferson

“We believe no more in Bonaparte’s fighting merely for the liberties of the seas than in Great Britain’s fighting for the liberties of mankind. The object is the same, to draw to themselves the power, the wealth and the resources of other nations.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.”
Thomas Jefferson

“May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.”
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“I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
Thomas Jefferson

“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.”
Thomas Jefferson

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I wish I was a despot that I might save the noble, the beautiful trees that are daily falling sacrifice to the cupidity of their owners, or the necessity of the poor. The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of centuries, seems to me a crime little short of murder.”
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“A little rebellion is good now and then.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Delay is preferable to error.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”
Thomas Jefferson

“All that is necessary for a student is access to a library.”
Thomas Jefferson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 16: November 1789 to July 1790

“A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”
Thomas Jefferson

“If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.”
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“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.”
Thomas Jefferson, The Statute Of Virginia For Religious Freedom

“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”
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“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
Thomas Jefferson

“We have no right to prejudice another in his civil enjoyments because he is of another church.”
Thomas Jefferson

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making.”
Thomas Jefferson

“This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Of all machines, the human heart is the most complicated and inexplicable.”
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“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“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

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves ; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”
Thomas Jefferson, Writings: Autobiography/Notes on the State of Virginia/Public & Private Papers/Addresses/Letters

“In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Do not be too severe upon the errors of the people, but reclaim them by enlightening them.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrant. It is its natural manure.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give you a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honour.”
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“If it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The care of human life and happiness, and their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of a good government.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Any Government strong enough to give you what you want, is a Government strong enough to take everything you have!”
Thomas Jefferson

“The object of walking is to relax the mind. You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk. But divert your attention by the objects surrounding you.”
Thomas Jefferson

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“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.”
Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View of the Rights of British America: Reprinted from the Original Ed.

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade but in the sunshine of life; & thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine. I will recur for proof to the days we have lately passed. On these indeed the sun shone brightly.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.”
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“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Peace, that glorious moment in time when everyone stops and reloads.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too. ”
Thomas Jefferson

“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I cannot live without books.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Every generation needs a new revolution.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Courts love the people always, as wolves do the sheep.”
Thomas Jefferson

“It is the duty of every American citizen to take part in a vigorous debate on the issues of the day.”
Thomas Jefferson

“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.”
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“Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.”
Thomas Jefferson

“How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”
Thomas Jefferson

“I am increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living and that one generation has no more right to bind another to it’s laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right to command another.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Without books, I would certainly die.”
Thomas Jefferson

“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large.”
Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson: Public and Private Papers

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
Thomas Jefferson

“A Man’s management of his own purse speaks volumes about character.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Never spend your money before you have it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds.”
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“All, all dead: and ourselves left alone amidst a new generation whom we know not, and who know not us.”
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“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations…entangling alliances with none.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government…”
Thomas Jefferson

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
Thomas Jefferson

“If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.”
Thomas Jefferson

“In matters of principal stand like a rock.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The opinions and beliefs of men follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I may grow rich by an art I am compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor.”
Thomas Jefferson

“No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The rights hereby asserted are of the natural rights of mankind, and that if any act shall be hereafter passed to repeal the present or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Politics, like religion, hold up the torches of martyrdom to the reformers of error.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“I find as I grow older, I love those most, whom I loved first.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way. ”
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“If all be true that I do think, there are five reasons we should drink. Good friends, good times, or being dry, or lest we should be by and by, or any other reason why.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I am convinced our own happiness requires that we should continue to mix with the world, and to keep pace with it as it goes.”
Thomas Jefferson

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“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind; for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that not as an aliment, so much as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principal diet.”
Thomas Jefferson

“That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
Thomas Jefferson

“There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.”
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“Everything yields to diligence.”
Thomas Jefferson

“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.”
Thomas Jefferson

“No people who are ignorant can be truly free.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.”
Thomas Jefferson

“We commit honest maniacs to Bedlam, so judges should be withdrawn from their bench, whose erroneous biases are leading us to dissolution.”
Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson

“I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions…but I know also that laws and constitutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind…..”
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“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”
Thomas Jefferson

“If you want something you’ve never had
You must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
Thomas Jefferson

“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster cruel vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging three headed beast like god one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes fools and hypocrites. ”
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“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
Thomas Jefferson

“So inscrutable is the arrangement of causes and consequences in this world, that a two-penny duty on tea, unjustly imposed in a sequestered part of it, changes the condition of all its inhabitants.”
Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson

“If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send 150 lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, & talk by the hour? That 150 lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected.”
Thomas Jefferson

“War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.”
Thomas Jefferson

“We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches. We must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations as would secure their safe return in due time.”
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“Good humor is one of the preservatives of our peace and tranquility.”
Thomas Jefferson

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
Thomas Jefferson

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“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
Thomas Jefferson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Volume 10: 1 May 1816 to 18 January 1817

“Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For not one of us, no, not one, is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfection, this world would be a desert for our love.”
Thomas Jefferson

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.”
Thomas Jefferson

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.”
Thomas Jefferson

“In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.”
Thomas Jefferson

“There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.”
Thomas Jefferson

“A nation which expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, expects that which never was and never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Self-love is no part of morality. Indeed it is exactly its counterpart. It is the sole antagonist of virtue leading us constantly by our propensities to self-gratification in violation of our moral duties to others.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I sincerely believe the banking institutions having the issuing power of money, are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Half a loaf is better than no bread.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Follow truth wherever it may lead you.”
Thomas Jefferson

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“A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not an article for mere consumption, but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The only security of all is in a free press.”
Thomas Jefferson

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
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“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.”
Thomas Jefferson

“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.”
Thomas Jefferson, Selected Writings

“When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“If by religion we are to understand sectarian dogmas, in which no two of them agree, then your exclamation on that hypothesis is just, “that this would be the best of worlds if there were no religion in it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.”
Thomas Jefferson

“But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.”
Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I find that the harder I work , the more luck I seem to have.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The pretense that the workings of the mind, like the actions of the body, are subject to the control of laws, does not seem sufficiently demolished. … The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.”
Thomas Jefferson

“A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.”
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“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.”
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“Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The art of life is the art of avoiding pain.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing was or is farther from my intentions, than to enlist myself as the champion of a fixed opinion, where I have only expressed doubt.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. ”
Thomas Jefferson

“I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
Thomas Jefferson

“In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson

“New York, like London, seems to be a cloacina [toilet] of all the depravities of human nature.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.”
Thomas Jefferson

“If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.”
Thomas Jefferson

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
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“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.”
Thomas Jefferson

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“An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The dead should not rule the living.”
Thomas Jefferson

“It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice.”
Thomas Jefferson

“He who knows best knows how little he knows.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I am a sect by myself, as far as I know.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.”
Thomas Jefferson

“[A] lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.”
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“I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom.”
Thomas Jefferson

“[It is a] happy truth that man is capable of self-government, and only rendered otherwise by the moral degradation designedly super-induced on him by the wicked acts of his tyrant.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Everything is useful which contributes to fix in the principles and practices of virtue.”
Thomas Jefferson

“It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.”
Thomas Jefferson

“God grant that men of principle shall be our principal men.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that his justice will not sleep forever.”
Thomas Jefferson

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“I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Good wine is a necessity of life for me. ”
Thomas Jefferson

“We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.”
Thomas Jefferson

“A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”
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“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to.”
Thomas Jefferson

“There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”
Thomas Jefferson

“It is while we are young that the habit of industry is formed. If not then, it never is afterward.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Thomas Jefferson

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“Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. ”
Thomas Jefferson

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
Thomas Jefferson

“No body wishes more than I do to see such proofs as you exhibit, that nature has given to our black brethren, talents equal to those of the other colors of men, and that the appearance of a want of them is owing merely to the degraded condition of their existence, both in Africa & America.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.”
Thomas Jefferson

“They (religions) dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.”
Thomas Jefferson

“While the art of printing is left to us science can never be retrograde; what is once acquired of real knowledge can never be lost.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.”
Thomas Jefferson

“With your talents and industry, with science, and that steadfast honesty, which eternally pursues right, regardless of consequences, you may promise yourself everything but health, without which there is no happiness.”
Thomas Jefferson

“History, by apprising [the people] of the past, will enable them to judge of the future.”
Thomas Jefferson Quotes

“Take things always by their smooth handle.”
Thomas Jefferson

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“I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke’s argument.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.”
Thomas Jefferson Quotes

“Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.”
Thomas Jefferson

“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”
Thomas Jefferson

“No man will ever bring out of that office the reputation which carries him into it. The honeymoon would be as short in that case as in any other, and its moments of ecstasy would be ransomed by years of torment and hatred.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.”
Thomas Jefferson

“[Christianity is] the most … perverted system that ever shone on man.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everyone is standing around reloading.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I am savage enough to prefer the woods, the wilds, and the independence of Monticello, to all the brilliant pleasures of this gay capital [Paris].”
Thomas Jefferson

“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.”
Thomas Jefferson

“It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia & Confession of Nat Turner

“The inquisition of public opinion overwhelms in practice the freedom asserted by the laws in theory.”
Thomas Jefferson, Adams-Jefferson Letters

“The contest is not between Us and Them, but between Good and Evil, and if those who would fight Evil adopt the ways of Evil, Evil wins.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction.”
Thomas Jefferson Quotes

“I have indeed two great measures at heart, without which no republic can maintain itself in strength: 1. That of general education, to enable every man to judge for himself what will secure or endanger his freedom. 2. To divide every county into hundreds, of such size that all the children of each will be within reach of a central school in it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“History is philosophy teaching by examples.”
Thomas Jefferson

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