Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.”
    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
  • “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.”
    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
  • “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.”
    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
  • “Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.”
    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
  • “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
    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
  • “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.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.”
    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
  • “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.”
    by Thomas Jefferson

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