Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

Quotes by Thomas Jefferson (3rd president of US (1743 – 1826))

  • “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.”
    by 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.”
    by 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.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
    by 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.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
    by 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.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”
    by 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.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.”
    by Thomas Jefferson

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