Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “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
  • “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.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
    by 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.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.”
    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
  • “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.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “He who knows best knows how little he knows.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.”
    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
  • “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “One man with courage is a majority.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
    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
  • “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.”
    by 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.”
    by Thomas Jefferson

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