Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
    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
  • “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
  • “The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
    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
  • “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
  • “The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
    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
  • “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”
    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
  • “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
    by Thomas Jefferson
  • “History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.”
    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
  • “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
  • “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

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