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124 Famous Quotes by Thomas Jefferson
4/13/1743 - 7/4/1826
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Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

Liberty Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Liberty Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

Luck 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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An ethical person ought to do more than he's required to do and less than he's allowed to do

Morality Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society

Nations Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable

Newspapers Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

Power Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Power is not alluring to pure minds

Power Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being

Press Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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There are two sides to every question, because, when there are no longer two sides it ceases to be a question

Questioning Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Every generation needs a new revolution.

Revolution Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals.

Rights 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

Taxation Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The merchant has no country

Trade Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Tranquility is the old man's milk

Tranquility 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.

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

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Peace. commerce, and honest friendship with all nations--entangling alliances with none.

Statesmanship Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson , Source: in his first inaugural address

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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

Liberty Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson , Source: Summary View of the Rights of British America

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Monuments of the safety with which errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

Opinion Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson , Source: in his first inaugural address

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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. . . .

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

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The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

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

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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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When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.

Public trust Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson , Source: Life of Jefferson (p. 356), said to Baron Humboldt, see Rayner's "Life of Jefferson", p. 356

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Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.

Peace Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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