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124 Famous Quotes by Thomas Jefferson
4/13/1743 - 7/4/1826
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I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

America and americans Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.

Ageing Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it’s liberty and interests by the most lasting bands

Agriculture Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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All authority belongs to the people

Authority Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

Democracy Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences

Government Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

Mankind Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

Obedience Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery.

Oppression Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Every generation needs a new revolution.

Revolution Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

Tyranny Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson , Source: found among his papers after his death

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Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Obedience Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

Peace Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Freedom of the press Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Taste cannot be controlled by law.

Taste Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.

Bigotry Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.

Citizenship Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

Honesty Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 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--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such Principles and and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. . . .

Independence Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson , Source: Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, beginning of

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I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.

Inspirational Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.

Constitution Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity

Nations Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.

Rebellion Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The hole and the patch should be commensurate.

Reform Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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When any one State in the American Union refuses obedience to the Confederation by which they have bound themselves, the rest have a natural right to compel them to obedience

Obedience Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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