Top 50 Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. read and share Thomas Jefferson quotes.

Thomas Jefferson was so much more than just our third president. He also had many profound words of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, at Shadwell near present-day Charlottesville, Virginia. His father was Peter Jefferson, a planter, and surveyor; his mother was Jane Randolph, daughter of a prominent Virginia family.

In the years to follow writing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson worked to make its words a reality in Virginia and less than a decade later wrote a bill establishing religious freedom.

 

Inspiring Thomas Jefferson quotes

1.  Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

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

3.  Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.

5.  I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.

6.  It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing than to believe what is wrong.

7.  Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

8.  It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.

9.  Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.

10. The art of life is the art of avoiding pain.

11. Power is not alluring to pure minds.

12. Every generation needs a new revolution.

13. Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the general progress of the human mind.

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

15. Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.

Thomas Jefferson quotes on politics

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

2.  Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

3.  The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects forbids it in the dispensation of the public money.

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

5.  No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.

6.  The equal rights of man and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.

7.  It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes on Government

1.  The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

2.  Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

3.  Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

4.  A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

5.  We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.

6.  When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes on Education

1.  Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

2.  Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

3.  I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason whatever results they led and bearding every authority which stood in their way.

4.  Where the press is free and every man is able to read, all is safe.

5.  To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.

6.  If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects to what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson quotes on Life

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

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

3.  My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.

4.  How much pain they have cost us, the evils which never happened.

5.  Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

6.  It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.

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

8.  He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

9.  But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.

10. We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

11. Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

12. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

13. Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

14. 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.

15. Walking is the very best exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

Thomas Jefferson quotes on religion

1.  Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.

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

3.  The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.

4.  Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of Censor over each other.

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