Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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

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When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
– Thomas Jefferson

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I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.
– Thomas Jefferson

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Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.
– Thomas Jefferson

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For if one link in nature’s chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish piecemeal.
– Thomas Jefferson

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From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.
– Thomas Jefferson

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The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
– Thomas Jefferson

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

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Of all exercises walking is the best.
– Thomas Jefferson

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The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
– Thomas Jefferson

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

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The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their rightful names.
– Thomas Jefferson

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Whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.
– Thomas Jefferson

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The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.
– Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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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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The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being.
– Thomas Jefferson

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

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Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
– Thomas Jefferson

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A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
– Thomas Jefferson

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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

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Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
– Thomas Jefferson

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I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.
– Thomas Jefferson

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I steer my bark with hope in my heart, leaving fear astern.
– Thomas Jefferson

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An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
– Thomas Jefferson

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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

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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

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I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
– Thomas Jefferson

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The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
– Thomas Jefferson

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It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
– Thomas Jefferson

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The sheep are happier of themselves, than under the care of wolves.
– Thomas Jefferson

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I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
– Thomas Jefferson

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Those are governed best who are governed least.
– Thomas Jefferson

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Information is the currency of democracy.
– Thomas Jefferson

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I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
– Thomas Jefferson

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The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them.
– Thomas Jefferson

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The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind.
– Thomas Jefferson

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

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Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
– Thomas Jefferson

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