Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
    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
  • “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
    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
  • “The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.”
    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
  • “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
    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
  • “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
  • “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.”
    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 care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much 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
  • “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
    by Thomas Jefferson

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