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
  • “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
  • “History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.”
    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
  • “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.”
    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
  • “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
  • “In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
    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
  • “Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “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
  • “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”
    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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
    by Thomas Jefferson

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