Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
    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
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.”
    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 glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
    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
  • “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”
    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
  • “When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”
    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
  • “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 God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.”
    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
  • “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
    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
  • “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

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