Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “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
  • “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”
    by 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?”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.”
    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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.”
    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
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
    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
  • “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
  • “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”
    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
  • “Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.”
    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
  • “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
  • “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

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