THOMAS JEFFERSON QUOTES

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

President John F. Kennedy once said to a assembled group of scholars in the White House,

“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” ~J.F.K.

Thomas Jefferson

(Born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia; died July 4, 1826, Monticello)

Thomas Jefferson — author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia — voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.

QUOTES

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. ~Thomas Jefferson

A Government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.  ~ Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.~ 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 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

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
~Thomas Jefferson

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

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. ~Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.~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

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. ~Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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. ~Thomas Jefferson

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men 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. ~Thomas Jefferson

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. ~Thomas Jefferson

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. ~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

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle. ~Thomas Jefferson

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry. ~Thomas Jefferson

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

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes. ~Thomas Jefferson

As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
~Thomas Jefferson

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

Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind. ~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

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. ~Thomas Jefferson

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. ~Thomas Jefferson

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government. ~Thomas Jefferson

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. ~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

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor – over each other. ~Thomas Jefferson

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it. ~Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. ~Thomas Jefferson

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. ~Thomas Jefferson

Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. ~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

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories. ~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

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. ~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 of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. ~Thomas Jefferson

For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. ~Thomas Jefferson

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism. ~Thomas Jefferson

Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another? ~Thomas Jefferson

Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind. ~Thomas Jefferson

He who knows best knows how little he knows. ~Thomas Jefferson

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

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