Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

quotes by Thomas Jefferson

Best 1722 Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

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I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

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we hold these truths quote by thomas jefferson

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.

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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

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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.

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

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Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

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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.

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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.

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Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.

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I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.

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In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.

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

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If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

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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.

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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.

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Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.

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It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.

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

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

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I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.

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

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A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

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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.

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Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.

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There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.

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Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.

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Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.

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

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

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It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

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

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Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

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Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.

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An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

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The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.

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History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.

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Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

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None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.

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Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

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I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.

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It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.

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I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.

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The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.

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Power is not alluring to pure minds.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

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Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.

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

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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.

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

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Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.

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Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.

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That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.

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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.

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The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.

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I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

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No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.

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

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Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.

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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

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The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.

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So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.

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Never spend your money before you have earned it.

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I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

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I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

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Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.

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

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The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.

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The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.

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When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

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For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.

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A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.

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I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.

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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

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I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God - my daughter to my country.

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

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Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

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

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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.

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I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.

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When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

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Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

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

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Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace

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While the art of printing is left to us science can never be retrograde; what is once acquired of real knowledge can never be lost.

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[T]he artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted...

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.

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There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents."

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Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry."

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Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.

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My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war-and I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair.

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Slavery is an abomination and must be loudly proclaimed as such, but I own that I nor any other man has any immediate solution to the problem.

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Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.

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Establish the eternal truth that acquiescence under insult is not the way to escape war.

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[The purpose of a written constitution is] to bind up the several branches of government by certain laws, which, when they transgress, their acts shall become nullities; to render unnecessary an appeal to the people, or in other words a rebellion, on every infraction of their rights, on the peril that their acquiescence shall be construed into an intention to surrender those rights.

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On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit of the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.

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I sincerely wish you may find it convenient to come here. the pleasure of the trip will be less than you expect, but the utility greater. it will make you adore your own country, it's soil, it's climate, it's equality, liberty, laws, people & manners. my god! how little do my countrymen know...

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Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

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The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.

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A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

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Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.

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No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.

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Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.

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The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.

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

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Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

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Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?

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A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.

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The people will not understand the importance of the Second Amendment until it is too late.

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My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!

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what are the objects of an useful American education? classical knowlege, modern languages & chiefly French, Spanish, & Italian; Mathematics; Natural philosophy; Natural History; Civil History; Ethics.

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The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.

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If ever we are constrained to lift the hatchet against any tribe, we will never lay it down till that tribe is exterminated, or driven beyond the Mississippi... in war, they will kill some of us; we shall destroy them all.

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The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.

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Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.

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Amplification is the vice of modern oratory.

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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.

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Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.

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The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves...these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.

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This is perhaps the most important statement on religion ever made. It clarified the intent of the founders of the constitution irrespective of the attempts of modern day religious revisionists...

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How did Jefferson feel about the people of his day who were the equivalent of our modern day penecostals? You know, those revelation reveling tongue speaking idiots...

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Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.

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To consider judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.

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The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union.

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Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness.

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

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Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity

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Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

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No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.

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The example of changing a constitution by assembling the wise men of the state, instead of assembling armies, will be worth as much to the world as the former examples we had give them. The constitution, too, which was the result of our deliberation, is unquestionably the wisest ever yet presented to men.

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Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.

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Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies.

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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.

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Now I will avow, that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system.

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The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.

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Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.

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I have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take active part in the quarrels of Europe. Their political interests are entirely distinct from ours. Their mutual jealousies, their balance of power, their complicated alliances, their forms and principles of government, are all foreign to us. They are nations of eternal war.

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I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

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I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

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No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and . . . . their minds are to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and to be deterred from those of vice . . . . These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure and order of government.

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I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations - to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements under all circumstances, to be open and generous, promoting in the long run even the interests of both

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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

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But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years.

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He who knows best knows how little he knows.

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No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage

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I have always said that a studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.

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Every gentleman plays billiards, but someone who plays billiards too well, is no gentleman.

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For if one link in nature's chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal.

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Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.

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A single good government becomes... a blessing to the whole earth, its welcome to the oppressed restraining within certain limits the measure of their oppressions. But should even this be counteracted by violence on the right of expatriation, the other branch of our example then presents itself for imitation: to rise on their rulers and do as we have done.

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The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

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Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight. But the enormities of the times in which I have lived, have forced me to take a part in resisting them, and to commit myself on the boisterous ocean of political passions.

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I considered the British as our natural enemies, and as the only nation on earth who wished us ill from the bottom of their souls. And I am satisfied that were our continent to be swallowed up by the ocean, Great Britain would be in a bonfire from one end to the other.

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A room without books is like a life without meaning.

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It is between fifty and sixty years since I read it (i.e. the Book of Revelations), and I then considered it merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherence of our own nightly dreams.

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Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author

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Botany I rank with the most valuable sciences.

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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.

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I join you therefore in branding as cowardly the idea that the human mind is incapable of further advances.

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There is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose.

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[T]he dignity of parliament it seems can brook no opposition to it's power. Strange that a set of men who have made sale of theirvirtue to the minister should yet talk of retaining dignity!

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Speaking one day to Monsieur de Buffon, on the present ardor of chemical inquiry, he affected to consider chemistry but as cookery, and to place the toils of the laboratory on the footing with those of the kitchen. I think it, on the contrary, among the most useful of sciences, and big with future discoveries for the utility and safety of the human race.

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

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The Christian god is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust.

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On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally's cellar.

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The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.

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The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God, like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs.

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I deem it the duty of every man to devote a certain portion of his income for charitable purposes; and that it is his further duty to see it so applied and to do the most good for which it is capable.

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The trifling economy of paper, as a cheaper medium, or its convenience for transmission, weighs nothing in opposition to the advantages of the precious metals it is liable to be abused, has been, is, and forever will be abused, in every country in which it is permitted.

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

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Long accustomed to the use of European manufactures, [the Cherokee Indians] are as incapable of returning to their habits of skinsand furs as we are, and find their wants the less tolerable as they are occasioned by a war [the American Revolution] the event of which is scarcely interesting to them.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Nothing is so engaging as the little domestic cares into which you appear to be entering, and as to reading it is useful for onlyfilling up the chinks of more useful and healthy occupations.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christians.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. . . . We might as well require a man to wear the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain forever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Aristocrats fear the people, and wish to transfer all power to the higher classes of society.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The clergy ... believe that any portion of power confided to me [as President] will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The advocate of religious freedom is to expect neither peace nor forgiveness from [the clergy].

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and in-grafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state,' therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I like my coffee like I like my women.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarrelling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that not as an aliment, so much as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principal diet.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Man is not made for the State but the State for man and it derives its just powers only from the consent of the governed.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

[The Federal Convention] is really an assembly of demigods.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I sincerely join you in abjuring all political connection with every foreign power; and tho I cordially wish well to the progress of liberty in all nations, and would forever give it the weight of our countenance, yet they are not to be touched without contamination from their other bad principles. Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I hope we shall . . . crush in [its] birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage, with my books, my family, and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post which any human power can give.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Good wine is a necessity of life for me.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If NATURE has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea... No one possesses the less, because every other possess the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

He who lights his [candle] at mine receives light without darkening me.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The declaration that religious faith shall be unpunished does not give immunity to criminal acts dictated by religious error.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The power of declaring war being with the Legislature, the Executive should do nothing necessarily committing them to decide for war in preference of non-intercourse, which will be preferred by a great many.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Action will delineate and define you.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Delay is preferable to error.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am sorry they began their deliberations by so abominable a precedent as that of tying up the tongues of their members. Nothing can justify this example but the innocence of their intentions and ignorance of the value of public discussions. I have no doubt that all their other measures will be good and wise. It is really an assembly of demigods.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

War has been avoided from a due sense of the miseries, and the demoralization it produces, and of the superior blessings of a state of peace and friendship with all mankind.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen, people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

In every country where man is free to think and to speak, difference of opinion will arise from difference of perception, and the imperfection of reason; but these differences, when permitted, as in this happy country, to purify themselves by free discussion, are but as passing clouds overspreading our land transiently, and leaving our horizon more bright and serene.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowlege among the people. no other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom, and happiness.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason, I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one of] those which ought to shape its administration.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Everything yields to diligence.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I never before knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read and receive my company.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

[My] pillar of support through life.... I can say conscientiously that I do not know in the world a man of purer integrity, more dispassionate, disinterested, and devoted to genuine Republicanism; nor could I in the whole scope of America and Europe point out an abler head.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The spirit of 1776 is not dead. It has only been slumbering. The body of the American people is substantially republican. But their virtuous feelings have been played on by some fact with more fiction; they have been the dupes of artful maneuvers, and made for a moment to be willing instruments in forging chains for themselves. But times and truth dissipated the delusion, and opened their eyes.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

War is not the best engine for us to resort to; nature has given us one in our commerce, which if properly managed, will be a better instrument for obliging the interested nations of Europe to treat us with justice.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The power of making war often prevents it, and in our case would give efficacy to our desire of peace.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Self-interest, or rather self-love, or egoism, has been more plausibly substituted as the basis of morality.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A properly functioning democracy depends on an informed electorate.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The late rebellion in Massachusetts has given more alarm than I think it should have done. Calculate that one rebellion in thirteen states in the course of eleven years, is but one for each state in a century and a half. No country should be so long without one. Nor will any degree of power in the hands of government prevent insurrections.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

But under the beaming, constant and almost vertical sun of Virginia, shade is our Elysium. In the absence of this no beauty of the eye can be enjoyed.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The result of your fifty or sixty years of religious reading in the four words: 'Be just and good,' is that in which all our enquiries must end.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

All men are created equal.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Equal rights for all, special privileges for none

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The principles on which we engaged, of which the charter of our independence is the record, were sanctioned by the laws of our being, and we but obeyed them in pursuing undeviatingly the course they called for. It issued finally in that inestimable state of freedom which alone can ensure to man the enjoyment of his equal rights.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am sure that in estimating every man's value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid; and I find myself much the happier.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Where everyman is participator in the government of affairs, not merely at an election one day in the year but everyday, he will let the heart be torn out of his body sooner than his power be wrested from him by a Caesar or a Bonaparte.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The evils of war are great in their endurance, and have a long reckoning for ages to come.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Believing that the happiness of mankind is best promoted by the useful pursuits of peace, that on these alone a stable prosperity can be founded, that the evils of war are great in their endurance, and have a long reckoning for ages to come, I have used my best endeavors to keep our country uncommitted in the troubles which afflict Europe, and which assail us on every side.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Most codes extend their definitions of treason to acts not really against one's country. They do not distinguish between acts against the government, and acts against the oppressions of the government. The latter are virtues, yet have furnished more victims to the executioner than the former. Real treasons are rare; oppressions frequent. The unsuccessful strugglers against tyranny have been the chief martyrs of treason laws in all countries.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The whole body of the nation is the sovereign legislative, judiciary, and executive power for itself. The inconvenience of meeting to exercise these powers in person, and their inaptitude to exercise them, induce them to appoint special organs to declare their legislative will, to judge and to execute it. It is the will of the nation which makes the law obligatory.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Experience having long taught me the reasonableness of mutual sacrifices of opinion among those who are to act together for any common object, and the expediency of doing what good we can; when we cannot do all we would wish.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Man is fed with fables through life, and leaves it in the belief he knows something of what has been passing, when in truth he knows nothing but what has passed under his own eyes.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I can never fear that things will go far wrong where common sense has fair play.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, [then and only then will truth]prevail over fanaticism.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Government as well as religion has furnished its schisms, its persecutions and its devices for fattening idleness on the earnings of the people.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If I could not go to heaven with but a party, I would not go there at all. Therefore, I am not of the party of federalists. But I am much further from that of the anti-federalists.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

...We are all Federalists,and we are all Republicans.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Men fight for freedom; then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity that ever were written.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The firmness with which the (American) people have withstood the... abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything true and false and to form a correct judgment between them.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Yet by such worthless beings is a great nation to be governed and even made to deify their old king because he is only a fool and a maniac, and to forgive and forget his having lost to them a great and flourishing empire.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We must endeavor to forget our former love for them [the British] and to hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every people may establish what form of government they please, and change it as they please, the will of the nation being the only thing essential.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The precepts of philosophy and of the Hebrew code, laid hold of actions only. (Jesus) pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man, erected his tribunal in the regions of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountain head.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The constitutional freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendency of one sect over another.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We have solved, by fair experiment, the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

By a declaration of rights, I mean one which shall stipulate freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce against monopolies, trial by juries in all cases, no suspensions of the habeas corpus, no standing armies. These are fetters against doing evil which no honest government should decline.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will, and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am... for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

All we can do is to make the best of our friends, love and cherish what is good in them, and keep out of the way what is bad.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am for a government rigorously frugal & simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt; and not for a multiplication of officers & salaries merely to make partisans, & for increasing, by every device, the public debt, on the principle of its being a public blessing.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet, had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Haman's.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

He, who steadily observes those moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven as to the dogmas in which they all differ.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have indeed two great measures at heart, without which no republic can maintain itself in strength: 1. That of general education, to enable every man to judge for himself what will secure or endanger his freedom. 2. To divide every county into hundreds, of such size that all the children of each will be within reach of a central school in it.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have remover their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The Giver of life gave it for happiness and not for wretchedness.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have come to a resolution myself as I hope every good citizen will, never again to purchase any article of foreign manufacture which can be had of American make, be the difference of price what it may.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Good humor is one of the preservatives of our peace and tranquility.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Above all things, and at all times, practice yourself in good humor.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Legislators invent too many devices for subdividing property, only taking care to let their subdivisions go hand in hand with the natural affections of the human mind.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have great confidence in the common sense of mankind in general.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both in proportion as it is free.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Were parties here divided merely by a greediness for office,...to take a part with either would be unworthy of a reasonable or moral man.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We discover in the gospels a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication .

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of person under protection of habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected, these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The Habeas Corpus secures every man here, alien or citizen, against everything which is not law, whatever shape it may assume.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

How sublime to look down on the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder, all fabricated at our feet!

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I was dupedby the Secretary of the treasury [Alexander Hamilton], and made a fool for forwarding his schemes, not then sufficiently understood by me; and of all the errors of my political life, this has occasioned the deepest regret.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

[All religious sects] dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight; and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversion of the duperies in which they live.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

When habit has strengthened our sense of duties, they leave us no time for other things; but when young we neglect them and this gives us time for anything.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Hindsight is an exact science. Hold fast to your dreams, for it dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

What justice would there be to take this life? Justice, gentlemen? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

God has formed us moral agents... that we may promote the happiness of those with whom He has placed us in society, by acting honestly towards all, benevolently to those who fall within our way, respecting sacredly their rights, bodily and mental, and cherishing especially their freedom of conscience, as we value our own.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Inspirational Quotes on: Honesty, Simplicity, Secret, Universe, Modesty, Peace Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

No man will ever bring out of that office the reputation which carries him into it. The honeymoon would be as short in that case as in any other, and its moments of ecstasy would be ransomed by years of torment and hatred.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

But is an enemy so execrable that tho in captivity his wishes and comforts are to be disregarded and even crossed? I think not. It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The superiority of chocolate (hot chocolate), both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body. No laborious person was ever yet hysterical.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am not afraid of the priests. They have tried upon me all their various batteries, of pious whining, hypocritical canting, lying and slandering, without being able to give me one moment of pain.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I believe in good luck, and the harder I work and the more I believe in myself, the luckier I get.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If, then, the control of the people over the organs of their government be the measure of its republicanism, and I confess I know no other measure, it must be agreed that our governments have much less of republicanism than ought to have been expected; in other words, that the people have less regular control over their agents, than their rights and their interests require.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If we could believe that Jesus...countenanced the follies, falsehoods and charlatanisms which his biographers father on him, ...the conclusion would be irresistible...that he was an imposter.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment ... inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have wished to see chemistry applied to domestic objects, to malting, for instance, brewing, making cider, to fermentation and distillation generally, to the making of bread, butter, cheese, soap, to the incubation of eggs, &c.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

For the power given to Congress by the Constitution does not extend to the internal regulation of the commerce of a State (that is to say, of the commerce between citizen and citizen,) which remain exclusively with its own legislature; but to its external commerce only, that is to say, its commerce with another State, or with foreign nations, or with the Indian tribes.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Of all the cankers of human happiness none corrodes with so silent, yet so baneful an influence, as indolence.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Men of high learning and abilities are few in every country; and by taking in those who are not so, the able part of the body have their hands tied by the unable.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Old heads as well as young may sometimes be charged with ignorance and presumption. The natural course of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is to them I look, to the rising generation, and not to the one now in power, for these great reformations i.e., emancipation of slaves and settlement of the Virginia constitution on a firmer and more permanent basis.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I rejoice when I hear of young men of virtue and talents, worthy to receive and likely to preserve the splendid inheritance of self- government, which we have acquired and shaped for them.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Perfection in wisdom, as well as in integrity, is neither required nor expected in these agents (public servants). It belongs not to man. The wise know too well their weaknesses to assume infallibility; and he who knows most, knows best how little he knows.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

My opinion is that there would never have been an infidel, if there had never been a priest. The artificial structures they have built on the purest of all moral systems, for the purpose of deriving from it pence and power, revolts those who think for themselves, and who read in that system only what is really there.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A well informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The rights [to religious freedom] are of the natural rights of mankind, and ... if any act shall be ... passed to repeal [an act granting those rights] or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right.

Thomas Jefferson (Source: SoberSides.com)