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124 Famous Quotes by Thomas Jefferson
4/13/1743 - 7/4/1826
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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 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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Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.

Friendship Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.

Business Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded faith.

Faith 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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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.

Wisdom Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.

Age Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.

Censure Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.

Duty Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Guilt Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.

Jury Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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

Liberty Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

Newspapers Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness.

Occupation Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Resignation Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.

Timidity Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

Politics / government Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

History Quotes, by Thomas Jefferson

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