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124 Famous Quotes by Thomas Jefferson
4/13/1743 - 7/4/1826
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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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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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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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Conscience is the chamber of justice.

Justice Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

Liberty Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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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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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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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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