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The Best Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson
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    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

    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 unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson
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    I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

    Thomas Jefferson
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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.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life. 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    I deem the essential principles of our government.... Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; ... freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus, and trial by juries impartially selected.

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

    Thomas Jefferson
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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.

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Taste cannot be controlled by law.

    Thomas Jefferson