Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”
    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
  • “Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.”
    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 republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.”
    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
  • “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
  • “In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
    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
  • “I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.”
    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
  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
    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
  • “History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.”
    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
  • “Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”
    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
  • “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

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