Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “He who knows best knows how little he knows.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
    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
  • “That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
    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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.”
    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
  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
    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
  • “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
    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 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
  • “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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