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124 Famous Quotes by Thomas Jefferson
4/13/1743 - 7/4/1826
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers ... We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the.

Economy Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail.

Majority 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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Delay is preferable to error.

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

Government Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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