Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 4 July 1826) was the third president of the United States (18011809), author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), a political philosopher, and one of the most influential founders of the United States.
Found 250 thoughts of Thomas Jefferson

Difficulties indeed sometimes arise; but common sense and honest intentions will generally steer through them.

Thomas Jefferson

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

Thomas Jefferson

One man with courage is a majority.

Thomas Jefferson

Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.

Thomas Jefferson

I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

Delay is preferable to error.

Thomas Jefferson

No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it. To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.

Thomas Jefferson

I find as I grow older that I love those most whom I loved first.

Thomas Jefferson

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

Let common sense and common honesty have fair play, and they will soon set things to rights.

Thomas Jefferson

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

Thomas Jefferson

Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold.

Thomas Jefferson

Victory and defeat are each of the same price.

Thomas Jefferson

Yet the hour of emancipation is advancing . . . this enterprise is for the young; for those who can follow it up, and bear it through to it's consummation. it shall have all my prayers, and these are the only weapons of an old man.

Thomas Jefferson

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

Thomas Jefferson

How necessary was the care of the Creator in making the moral principle so much a part of our constitution as that no errors reasoning or of speculation might lead us astray from its observance in practice.

Thomas Jefferson

Morals were too essential to the happiness of man, to be risked on the uncertain combinations of the head. Nature laid their foundation, therefore, in sentiment, not in science.

Thomas Jefferson

A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their magistrate.

Thomas Jefferson

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.

Thomas Jefferson

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.

Thomas Jefferson

I served with General Washington in the Legislature of Virginia... and... with Dr. Franklin in Congress. I never heard either of them speak ten minutes at a time, nor to any but the main point.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson
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