Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “He who knows best knows how little he knows.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.”
    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
  • “History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.”
    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
  • “When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”
    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
  • “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”
    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
  • “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
    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 good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
    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
  • “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
  • “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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