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The Best Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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    Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office

    Thomas Jefferson
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    The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies.

    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.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Never spend your money before you have earned it.

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    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 laws must protect, and to violate which would be oppression.

    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.

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson
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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.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    In the fevered state of our country, no good can ever result from any attempt to set one of these fiery zealots to rights, either in fact or principle. They are determined as to the facts they will believe, and the opinions on which they will act. Get by them, therefore, as you would by an angry bull; it is not for a man of sense to dispute the road with such an animal.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    In matters of principals, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground.

    Thomas Jefferson
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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?

    Thomas Jefferson
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    We seldom report of having eaten too little.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.

    Thomas Jefferson
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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.

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

    Thomas Jefferson
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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.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them.

    Thomas Jefferson