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124 Famous Quotes by Thomas Jefferson
4/13/1743 - 7/4/1826
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Delay is preferable to error.

Delay Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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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.

Ambition Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is, that we should have nothing to do with conquest

America and americans Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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By the age of six the average child will have completed the basic American education.... From television, the child will have learned how to pick a lock, commit a fairly elaborate bank holdup, prevent wetness all day long, get the laundry twice as white, and kill people with a variety of sophisticated armaments.

America and americans Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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There is...an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents.... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provisions should be made to prevent its ascendancy.

Aristocracy Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity

Aristocracy Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.

Caring Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

Circumstances Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

Civil rights Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is, that we should have nothing to do with conquest

Conquest Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Conquest is not in our principles; it is inconsistent with our government

Conquest Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.

Crime Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.

Deception Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Is it less dishonest to do what is wrong because it is not expressly prohibited by written law? Let us hope our moral principles are not yet in that stage of degeneracy.

Dishonesty Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.

Economics Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truth, prevail over fanaticism

Fanaticism Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Fashion Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Every generation needs a new revolution.

Generations Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

Government Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

Government Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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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.

Health Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong

Honor Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance

Ignorance Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried

Inventions Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The juries are our judges of all fact, and of law when they choose it.

Juries and judges Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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