Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “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 second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.”
    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 own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.”
    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
  • “It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.”
    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 spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
    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
  • “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 good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
    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
  • “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
  • “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.”
    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

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