Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “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
  • “Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
    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
  • “Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.”
    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
  • “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “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 second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.”
    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
  • “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.”
    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
  • “The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.”
    by Thomas Jefferson

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