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Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He had previously served as the second vice president of the United States under John Adams between 1797 and 1801. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights, motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation; he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national levels.

During the American Revolution, Jefferson represented Virginia in the Continental Congress that adopted the Declaration of Independence. As a Virginia legislator, he drafted a state law for religious freedom. He served as the second Governor of Virginia from 1779 to 1781, during the American Revolutionary War. In 1785, Jefferson was appointed the United States Minister to France, and subsequently, the nation's first Secretary of State under President George Washington from 1790 to 1793. Jefferson and James Madison organized the Democratic-Republican Party to oppose the Federalist Party during the formation of the First Party System. With Madison, he anonymously wrote the provocative Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in 1798 and 1799, which sought to strengthen states' rights by nullifying the federal Alien and Sedition Acts.

As president, Jefferson pursued the nation's shipping and trade interests against Barbary pirates and aggressive British trade policies. Starting in 1803, Jefferson promoted a western expansionist policy, organizing the Louisiana Purchase which doubled the nation's land area. To make room for settlement, Jefferson began a controversial process of Indian tribal removal from the newly acquired territory. As a result of peace negotiations with France, his administration reduced military forces. Jefferson was reelected in 1804. His second term was beset with difficulties at home, including the trial of former vice president Aaron Burr. In 1807, American foreign trade was diminished when Jefferson implemented the Embargo Act in response to British threats to U.S. shipping. The same year, Jefferson signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves.

Jefferson, while primarily a planter, lawyer and politician, mastered many disciplines, which ranged from surveying and mathematics to horticulture and mechanics. He was an architect in the classical tradition. Jefferson's keen interest in religion and philosophy led to his presidency of the American Philosophical Society; he shunned organized religion but was influenced by Christianity, Epicureanism, and deism. A philologist, Jefferson knew several languages. He was a prolific letter writer and corresponded with many prominent people, including Edward Carrington, John Taylor of Caroline and James Madison. Among his books is Notes on the State of Virginia (1785), considered perhaps the most important American book published before 1800. Jefferson championed the ideals, values, and teachings of the Enlightenment.

During his lifetime, Jefferson claimed ownership of over 600 slaves, who were kept in his household and on his plantations. Since Jefferson's time, controversy has revolved around his relationship with Sally Hemings, a mixed-race enslaved woman and his late wife's half-sister. According to DNA evidence from surviving descendants and oral history, Jefferson probably fathered at least six children with Hemings, including four that survived to adulthood. Evidence suggests that Jefferson started the relationship with Hemings when they were in Paris, where she arrived at the age of 14, when Jefferson was 44. By the time she returned to the United States at 16, she was pregnant.\n\nAfter retiring from public office, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. Jefferson and his colleague John Adams both died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Presidential scholars and historians generally praise Jefferson's public achievements, including his advocacy of religious freedom and tolerance in Virginia. Although some modern scholars have been critical of his stance on slavery, Jefferson continues to rank highly among the top ten U.S. presidents.

Quote: I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of silhouette of person standing against windowpane
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I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.


Quote: Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
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Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of blue textile with blue background
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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.


Quote: Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers
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Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.


Quote: Common sense is the foundation of all authorities, of the laws themselves, and of their construction. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Common sense is the foundation of all authorities, of the laws themselves, and of their construction.


Quote: I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of low angle photography of brown and gray helicopter
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I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.


Quote: How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the earth were it not for misgovernment and a diversion of his energies to selfish interests. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the earth were it not for misgovernment and a diversion of his energies to selfish interests.


Quote: If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy? by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.


Quote: I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
-Thomas Jefferson.


Quote: The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of brown parquet
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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.


Quote: Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. The Europeans value themselves on having subdued the horse to the uses of man; but I doubt whether we have not lost more than we have gained, by the use of this animal.


Quote: Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of green mountain ]
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In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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.


Quote: Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves
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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.


Quote: Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of liquor pouring on clear shot glass
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Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.


Quote: Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
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War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.


Quote: Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of soldiers on field at daytime
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I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.


Quote: It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring
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History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.


Quote: Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: History, in general, only informs us what bad government is. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.


Quote: But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: Happiness is the aim of life. Virtue is the foundation of happiness. Utility is the test of virtue. If the wise be the happy man, as the sages say, he must be virtuous too; for without virtue, happiness cannot be. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Happiness is the aim of life. Virtue is the foundation of happiness. Utility is the test of virtue. If the wise be the happy man, as the sages say, he must be virtuous too; for without virtue, happiness cannot be.


Quote: Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.


Quote: The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: The constitutional freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: Paper is poverty. It is only the ghost of money, and not money itself. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Paper is poverty. It is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.


Quote: We often repent of what we have said, but never, never, of that which we have not. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We often repent of what we have said, but never, never, of that which we have not.


Quote: Even if we differ in principle more than I believe we do, you and I know too well the texture of the human mind, and the slipperiness of human reason, to consider differences of opinion otherwise than differences of form or feature. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Even if we differ in principle more than I believe we do, you and I know too well the texture of the human mind, and the slipperiness of human reason, to consider differences of opinion otherwise than differences of form or feature.


Quote: It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself.


Quote: Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.


Quote: Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world.


Quote: Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.


Quote: A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean.


Quote: Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must.


Quote: A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the highest virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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.


Quote: The ground I have already passed over enables me to see my way into that which is before me. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The ground I have already passed over enables me to see my way into that which is before me.


Quote: If you have to eat crow, eat it while it's young and tender. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If you have to eat crow, eat it while it's young and tender.


Quote: Our ancestors, possessed a right, which nature has given to all men, of departing from the country in which chance, not choice has placed them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Our ancestors, possessed a right, which nature has given to all men, of departing from the country in which chance, not choice has placed them.


Quote: Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.


Quote: A government big enough to give you everything you need is government big enough to take away everything you have. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A government big enough to give you everything you need is government big enough to take away everything you have.


Quote: All men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights...namely the enjoyment of life and liberty...and pursuing and obtaining happiness. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

All men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights...namely the enjoyment of life and liberty...and pursuing and obtaining happiness.


Quote: Information is the currency of democracy. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Information is the currency of democracy.


Quote: Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.


Quote: The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them.


Quote: The earth belongs always to the living generation. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The earth belongs always to the living generation.


Quote: The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.


Quote: Health is the first requisite after morality. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Health is the first requisite after morality.


Quote: Although a republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Although a republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible.


Quote: We are now trusting to those who are against us in position and principle, to fashion to their own form the minds and affections of our youth... This canker is eating on the vitals of our existence, and if not arrested at once, will be beyond remedy. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We are now trusting to those who are against us in position and principle, to fashion to their own form the minds and affections of our youth... This canker is eating on the vitals of our existence, and if not arrested at once, will be beyond remedy.


Quote: 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 blindfolded fear. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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 blindfolded fear.


Quote: We must be contented to amuse, when we cannot inform. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We must be contented to amuse, when we cannot inform.




Quote: Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: Doubts and jealousies often beget the facts they fear. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Doubts and jealousies often beget the facts they fear.


Quote: If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else.


Quote: Every gentleman plays billiards, but someone who plays billiards too well, is no gentleman. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.


Quote: No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.


Quote: The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. we ought, for so dear a stake, to sacrifice every attachment and every enmity. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. we ought, for so dear a stake, to sacrifice every attachment and every enmity.


Quote: The most fortunate of us all in our journey through life frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which greatly afflict us. To fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes should be one of the principal studies and endeavors of our lives. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote; white text on black background

The most fortunate of us all in our journey through life frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which greatly afflict us. To fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes should be one of the principal studies and endeavors of our lives.


Quote: 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 subjugation on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it: for man is an imitative animal. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote; white text on black background

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 subjugation on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it: for man is an imitative animal.


Quote: And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and libraries of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and libraries of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. In short, 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.


Quote: Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them.


Quote: Self-interest, or rather self-love, or egoism, has been more plausibly substituted as the basis of morality. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: Every man cannot have his way in all things. If his opinion prevails at some times, he should acquiesce on seeing that of others preponderate at other times. Without this mutual disposition we are disjointed individuals, but not a society. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Every man cannot have his way in all things. If his opinion prevails at some times, he should acquiesce on seeing that of others preponderate at other times. Without this mutual disposition we are disjointed individuals, but not a society.


Quote: The best defense of democracy is an informed electorate. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The best defense of democracy is an informed electorate.


Quote: If it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience.


Quote: The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them.


Quote: We are sensible of the duty and expediency of submitting our opinions to the will of the majority, and can wait with patience till they get right if they happen to be at any time wrong. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We are sensible of the duty and expediency of submitting our opinions to the will of the majority, and can wait with patience till they get right if they happen to be at any time wrong.


Quote: Let those flatter who fear; it is not an American art . by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Let those flatter who fear; it is not an American art .


Quote: Above all things, lose no occasion of exercising your dispositions to be grateful, to be generous, to be charitable, to be humane, to be true, just, firm, orderly, courageous, etc. Consider every act of this kind as an exercise which will strengthen your moral faculties and increase your worth. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: Above all things, lose no occasion of exercising your dispositions to be grateful, to be generous, to be charitable, to be humane, to be true, just, firm, orderly, courageous, etc. Consider every act of this kind as an exercise which will strengthen your moral faculties and increase your worth.- black text on quotes background

Above all things, lose no occasion of exercising your dispositions to be grateful, to be generous, to be charitable, to be humane, to be true, just, firm, orderly, courageous, etc. Consider every act of this kind as an exercise which will strengthen your moral faculties and increase your worth.


Quote: The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep he waters pure. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep he waters pure.


Quote: If I had to choose between government and a free press, I would choose a free press. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

If I had to choose between government and a free press, I would choose a free press.


Quote: The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.


Quote: The art of governing consists simply of being honest, exercising common sense, following principle, and doing what is right and just. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The art of governing consists simply of being honest, exercising common sense, following principle, and doing what is right and just.


Quote: The elective franchise, if guarded as the ark of our safety, will peaceably dissipate all combinations to subvert a Constitution, dictated by the wisdom, and resting on the will of the people. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The elective franchise, if guarded as the ark of our safety, will peaceably dissipate all combinations to subvert a Constitution, dictated by the wisdom, and resting on the will of the people.


Quote: Life is of no value but as it brings gratifications. among the most valuable of these is rational society. it informs the mind, sweetens the temper, chears our spirits, and promotes health. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Life is of no value but as it brings gratifications. among the most valuable of these is rational society. it informs the mind, sweetens the temper, chears our spirits, and promotes health.


Quote: I see the necessity of sacrificing our opinions sometimes to the opinions of others for the sake of harmony. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I see the necessity of sacrificing our opinions sometimes to the opinions of others for the sake of harmony.


Quote: The sentiments of men are known not only by what they receive, but what they reject also. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The sentiments of men are known not only by what they receive, but what they reject also.


Quote: History has informed us that bodies of men as well as individuals are susceptible of the spirit of tyranny. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

History has informed us that bodies of men as well as individuals are susceptible of the spirit of tyranny.


Quote: Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling; for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling; for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.


Quote: Anarchy is necessarily consequent to inefficiency. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Anarchy is necessarily consequent to inefficiency.


Quote: It seems that the Cannibals of Europe are going to eat one another again. A war between Russia and Turkey is like the battle of the kite and snake; whichever destroys the other, leaves a destroyer the less for the world. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It seems that the Cannibals of Europe are going to eat one another again. A war between Russia and Turkey is like the battle of the kite and snake; whichever destroys the other, leaves a destroyer the less for the world.


Quote: I have now the gloomy prospect of retiring from office loaded with serious debts, which will materially affect the tranquility of my retirement. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have now the gloomy prospect of retiring from office loaded with serious debts, which will materially affect the tranquility of my retirement.


Quote: Our Constitution... has not left the religion of its citizens under the power of its public functionaries, were it possible that any of these should consider a conquest over the conscience of men either attainable or applicable to any desirable purpose. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Our Constitution... has not left the religion of its citizens under the power of its public functionaries, were it possible that any of these should consider a conquest over the conscience of men either attainable or applicable to any desirable purpose.


Quote: Where the law of the majority ceases to be acknowledged, there government ends; the law of the strongest takes its place, and life and property are his who can take them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Where the law of the majority ceases to be acknowledged, there government ends; the law of the strongest takes its place, and life and property are his who can take them.


Quote: It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail.


Quote: A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax... laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax... laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize.


Quote: Knowledge indeed is a desirable, a lovely possession. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Knowledge indeed is a desirable, a lovely possession.


Quote: The moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as that of feeling, seeing, or hearing. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as that of feeling, seeing, or hearing.


Quote: We should talk over the lessons of the day, or lose them in Music, Chess, or the merriments of our family companions. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We should talk over the lessons of the day, or lose them in Music, Chess, or the merriments of our family companions.


Quote: I have overlived the generation with which mutual labors and perils begat mutual confidence and influence. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have overlived the generation with which mutual labors and perils begat mutual confidence and influence.


Quote: Nothing but good can result from an exchange of information and opinions between those whose circumstances and morals admit no doubt of the integrity of their views. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Nothing but good can result from an exchange of information and opinions between those whose circumstances and morals admit no doubt of the integrity of their views.


Quote: Every man wishes to pursue his occupation and to enjoy the fruits of his labours and the produce of his property in peace and safety, and with the least possible expense. When these things are accomplished, all the objects for which government ought to be established are answered. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: Every man wishes to pursue his occupation and to enjoy the fruits of his labours and the produce of his property in peace and safety, and with the least possible expense. When these things are accomplished, all the objects for which government ought to be established are answered.- black text on quotes background

Every man wishes to pursue his occupation and to enjoy the fruits of his labours and the produce of his property in peace and safety, and with the least possible expense. When these things are accomplished, all the objects for which government ought to be established are answered.


Quote: An individual, thinking himself injured, makes more noise than a State. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

An individual, thinking himself injured, makes more noise than a State.


Quote: I consider the doctrines of Jesus as delivered by himself to contain the outlines of the sublimest system of morality that has ever been taught but I hold in the most profound detestation and execration the corruptions of it which have been invented. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I consider the doctrines of Jesus as delivered by himself to contain the outlines of the sublimest system of morality that has ever been taught but I hold in the most profound detestation and execration the corruptions of it which have been invented.


Quote: I pledge undying hostility to any government restrictions on the free minds of the people. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I pledge undying hostility to any government restrictions on the free minds of the people.


Quote: Revenue on the consumption of foreign articles is paid cheerfully by those who can afford to add foreign luxuries to domestic comforts. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Revenue on the consumption of foreign articles is paid cheerfully by those who can afford to add foreign luxuries to domestic comforts.




Quote: But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth. Within that, it is a noble institution, equally the friend of science and of civil liberty. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth. Within that, it is a noble institution, equally the friend of science and of civil liberty.- black text on quotes background

But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth. Within that, it is a noble institution, equally the friend of science and of civil liberty.


Quote: Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.


Quote: So much of the presidency is a matter of standing in the path of a Newsham Engine for Quenching Fires, opening one's mouth, and attempting to get a drink. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

So much of the presidency is a matter of standing in the path of a Newsham Engine for Quenching Fires, opening one's mouth, and attempting to get a drink.


Quote: When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: Still less, let it be proposed that our properties within our own territories shall be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own. The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Still less, let it be proposed that our properties within our own territories shall be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own. The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.


Quote: A right to property is founded in our natural wants, in the means with which we are endowed to satisfy these wants, and the right to what we acquire by those means without violating the similar rights of other sensible beings. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A right to property is founded in our natural wants, in the means with which we are endowed to satisfy these wants, and the right to what we acquire by those means without violating the similar rights of other sensible beings.


Quote: I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.


Quote: It is an encouraging observation that no good measure was ever proposed which, if duly pursued, failed to prevail in the end. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is an encouraging observation that no good measure was ever proposed which, if duly pursued, failed to prevail in the end.


Quote: A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering.


Quote: When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: When sins are dear to us we are too prone to slide into them again. The act of repentance itself is often sweetened with the thought that it clears our account for a repetition of the same sin. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

When sins are dear to us we are too prone to slide into them again. The act of repentance itself is often sweetened with the thought that it clears our account for a repetition of the same sin.


Quote: A republic will avoid war unless the avoidance might create conditions that are worse than warfare itself. Sometimes, the dispositions of those who choose to make themselves our enemies leaves us no choice. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A republic will avoid war unless the avoidance might create conditions that are worse than warfare itself. Sometimes, the dispositions of those who choose to make themselves our enemies leaves us no choice.


Quote: In the middle ages of Christianity opposition to the State opinions was hushed. The consequence was, Christianity became loaded with all the Romish follies. Nothing but free argument, raillery and even ridicule will preserve the purity of religion. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

In the middle ages of Christianity opposition to the State opinions was hushed. The consequence was, Christianity became loaded with all the Romish follies. Nothing but free argument, raillery and even ridicule will preserve the purity of religion.


Quote: The human character, we believe, requires in general constant and immediate control to prevent its being biased from right by the seductions of self-love. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The human character, we believe, requires in general constant and immediate control to prevent its being biased from right by the seductions of self-love.


Quote: I have so much confidence in the good sense of man, and his qualifications for self-government, that I am never afraid of the issue where reason is left free to exert her force. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have so much confidence in the good sense of man, and his qualifications for self-government, that I am never afraid of the issue where reason is left free to exert her force.


Quote: Ignorance and bigotry, like other insanities, are incapable of self-government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Ignorance and bigotry, like other insanities, are incapable of self-government.


Quote: The present generation has the same right of self-government which the past one has exercised for itself. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The present generation has the same right of self-government which the past one has exercised for itself.


Quote: The right of self-government does not comprehend the government of others. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The right of self-government does not comprehend the government of others.


Quote: The equal rights of man and the happiness of every individual are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: My most earnest wish is to see the republican element of popular control pushed to the maximum of its practicable exercise. I shall then believe that our government may be pure and perpetual. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

My most earnest wish is to see the republican element of popular control pushed to the maximum of its practicable exercise. I shall then believe that our government may be pure and perpetual.


Quote: The rights of the people to the exercise and fruits of their own industry can never be protected against the selfishness of rulers not subject to their control at short periods. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The rights of the people to the exercise and fruits of their own industry can never be protected against the selfishness of rulers not subject to their control at short periods.


Quote: The qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. they are the result of habit and long training. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. they are the result of habit and long training.


Quote: There is not a single crowned head in Europe whose talents or merit would entitle him to be elected a vestryman by the people of any parish in America. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

There is not a single crowned head in Europe whose talents or merit would entitle him to be elected a vestryman by the people of any parish in America.


Quote: Never did a prisoner, released from his chains, feel such relief as I shall on shaking off the shackles of power. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Never did a prisoner, released from his chains, feel such relief as I shall on shaking off the shackles of power.


Quote: The sheep are happier of themselves, than under the care of wolves. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The sheep are happier of themselves, than under the care of wolves.


Quote: We should be determined... to sever ourselves from the union we so much value rather than give up the rights of self-government... in which alone we see liberty, safety and happiness. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

We should be determined... to sever ourselves from the union we so much value rather than give up the rights of self-government... in which alone we see liberty, safety and happiness.


Quote: While the farmer holds the title to the land, actually, it belongs to all the people because civilization itself rests upon the soil. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

While the farmer holds the title to the land, actually, it belongs to all the people because civilization itself rests upon the soil.


Quote: Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelled, and, if you do not remember, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well. to his daughter Martha. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelled, and, if you do not remember, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well. to his daughter Martha.


Quote: A nation which expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, expects that which never was and never will be. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A nation which expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, expects that which never was and never will be.


Quote: Excessive taxation ... will carry reason and reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Excessive taxation ... will carry reason and reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election.


Quote: The most effective means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The most effective means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts.


Quote: The cost of freedom is eternal vigilance. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.




Quote: I would observe to you that what is called style in writing or speaking is formed very early in life while the imagination is warm, and impressions are permanent. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I would observe to you that what is called style in writing or speaking is formed very early in life while the imagination is warm, and impressions are permanent.


Quote: Instead of that liberty which takes root and growth in the progress of reason, if recovered by mere force or accident, it becomes with an unprepared people a tyranny still of the many, the few, or the one. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Instead of that liberty which takes root and growth in the progress of reason, if recovered by mere force or accident, it becomes with an unprepared people a tyranny still of the many, the few, or the one.


Quote: A rising nation, spread over a wide and fruitful Land, traversing all the seas with the rich production of their Industry. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A rising nation, spread over a wide and fruitful Land, traversing all the seas with the rich production of their Industry.


Quote: There are other places at which ... the laws have said there shall be towns; but Nature has said there shall not, and they remain unworthy of enumeration. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

There are other places at which ... the laws have said there shall be towns; but Nature has said there shall not, and they remain unworthy of enumeration.




Quote: The excellence of every government is its adaptation to the state of those to be governed by it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The excellence of every government is its adaptation to the state of those to be governed by it.


Quote: The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union.


Quote: Error indeed has often prevailed by the assistance of power or force. Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Error indeed has often prevailed by the assistance of power or force. Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error.


Quote: Be assured that it gives much more pain to the mind to be in debt, than to do without any article whatever which we may seem to want. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Be assured that it gives much more pain to the mind to be in debt, than to do without any article whatever which we may seem to want.


Quote: It is better to have no ideas than false ones. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is better to have no ideas than false ones.


Quote: Amplification is the vice of modern oratory. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Amplification is the vice of modern oratory.


Quote: It is unfortunate that the efforts of mankind to recover the freedom of which they have been so long deprived, will be accompanied with violence, with errors, and even with crimes. But while we weep over the means, we must pray for the end. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is unfortunate that the efforts of mankind to recover the freedom of which they have been so long deprived, will be accompanied with violence, with errors, and even with crimes. But while we weep over the means, we must pray for the end.


Quote: I see now our fireside formed into a groupe, no one member of which has a fibre in their composition which can ever produce any jarring or jealousies among us. No irregular passions, no dangerous bias, which may render problematical the future fortunes and happiness of our descendants. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: I see now our fireside formed into a groupe, no one member of which has a fibre in their composition which can ever produce any jarring or jealousies among us. No irregular passions, no dangerous bias, which may render problematical the future fortunes and happiness of our descendants.- black text on quotes background

I see now our fireside formed into a groupe, no one member of which has a fibre in their composition which can ever produce any jarring or jealousies among us. No irregular passions, no dangerous bias, which may render problematical the future fortunes and happiness of our descendants.


Quote: But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror.


Quote: I learn with great concern that one portion of our frontier so interesting, so important, and so exposed, should be so entirely unprovided with common fire-arms. I did not suppose any part of the United States so destitute of what is considered as among the first necessaries of a farm-house. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: I learn with great concern that one portion of our frontier so interesting, so important, and so exposed, should be so entirely unprovided with common fire-arms. I did not suppose any part of the United States so destitute of what is considered as among the first necessaries of a farm-house.- black text on quotes background

I learn with great concern that one portion of our frontier so interesting, so important, and so exposed, should be so entirely unprovided with common fire-arms. I did not suppose any part of the United States so destitute of what is considered as among the first necessaries of a farm-house.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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.


Quote: I never before knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read and receive my company. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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




Quote: The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice.


Quote: As you are entered with the class of Nat. philosophy, give to it the hours of lecture, but devote all your other time to Mathematics, avoiding company as the bane of all progress. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

As you are entered with the class of Nat. philosophy, give to it the hours of lecture, but devote all your other time to Mathematics, avoiding company as the bane of all progress.


Quote: Knowing that religion does not furnish grosser bigots than law, I expect little from old judges. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Knowing that religion does not furnish grosser bigots than law, I expect little from old judges.


Quote: The eyes of our citizens are not sufficiently open to the true cause of our distress. They ascribe them to everything but their true cause, the banking system. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The eyes of our citizens are not sufficiently open to the true cause of our distress. They ascribe them to everything but their true cause, the banking system.


Quote: I feel... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I feel... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.


Quote: From candlelight to early bedtime, I read. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

From candlelight to early bedtime, I read.


Quote: When two parties make a compact, there results to each a power of compelling the other to execute it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

When two parties make a compact, there results to each a power of compelling the other to execute it.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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.


Quote: My religious reading has long been confined to the moral branch of religion, which is the same in all religions; while in that branch which consists of dogmas, all differ. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

My religious reading has long been confined to the moral branch of religion, which is the same in all religions; while in that branch which consists of dogmas, all differ.


Quote: A Nation's best defense is an educated citizenry. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

A Nation's best defense is an educated citizenry.


Quote: It is not by the consolidation or concentration of powers but by their distribution that good government is effected. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is not by the consolidation or concentration of powers but by their distribution that good government is effected.


Quote: The constitution of the United States is the result of the collected wisdom of our country. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The constitution of the United States is the result of the collected wisdom of our country.


Quote: I do not believe war the most certain means of enforcing principles. Those peaceable coercions which are in the power of every nation, if undertaken in concert and in time of peace, are more likely to produce the desired effect. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I do not believe war the most certain means of enforcing principles. Those peaceable coercions which are in the power of every nation, if undertaken in concert and in time of peace, are more likely to produce the desired effect.


Quote: His system of morality was the most benevolent and sublime probably that has been ever taught, and consequently more perfect than those of any of the ancient philosophers... He was the most innocent, the most benevolent, the most eloquent and sublime character that ever has been exhibited to man. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: His system of morality was the most benevolent and sublime probably that has been ever taught, and consequently more perfect than those of any of the ancient philosophers... He was the most innocent, the most benevolent, the most eloquent and sublime character that ever has been exhibited to man.- black text on quotes background

His system of morality was the most benevolent and sublime probably that has been ever taught, and consequently more perfect than those of any of the ancient philosophers... He was the most innocent, the most benevolent, the most eloquent and sublime character that ever has been exhibited to man.


Quote: My confidence is that there will for a long time be virtue and good sense enough in our countrymen to correct abuses. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

My confidence is that there will for a long time be virtue and good sense enough in our countrymen to correct abuses.


Quote: Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people.


Quote: Never was so much false arithmetic employed on any subject, as that which has been employed to persuade nations that it is in their interest to go to war. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Never was so much false arithmetic employed on any subject, as that which has been employed to persuade nations that it is in their interest to go to war.


Quote: It is while we are young that the habit of industry is formed. If not then, it never is afterwards. The fortune of our lives therefore depends on employing well the short period of our youth. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is while we are young that the habit of industry is formed. If not then, it never is afterwards. The fortune of our lives therefore depends on employing well the short period of our youth.


Quote: The fortune of our lives depends on employing well the short period of our youth. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The fortune of our lives depends on employing well the short period of our youth.


Quote: Music, drawing, books, invention and exercise will be so many resources to you against ennui. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Music, drawing, books, invention and exercise will be so many resources to you against ennui.


Quote: Eternal Vigilance is the price of democracy. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Eternal Vigilance is the price of democracy.


Quote: Against us are all timid men who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty We are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Against us are all timid men who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty We are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils.


Quote: Let common sense and common honesty have fair play, and they will soon set things to rights. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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.


Quote: Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.


Quote: In a virtuous and free state, no rewards can be so pleasing to sensible minds, as those which include the approbation of our fellow citizens. My great pain is, lest my poor endeavours should fall short of the kind expectations of my country. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

In a virtuous and free state, no rewards can be so pleasing to sensible minds, as those which include the approbation of our fellow citizens. My great pain is, lest my poor endeavours should fall short of the kind expectations of my country.




Quote: The patient, treated on the fashionable theory, sometimes gets well in spite of the medicine. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

The patient, treated on the fashionable theory, sometimes gets well in spite of the medicine.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

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.


Quote: It will be said that great societies cannot exist without government. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It will be said that great societies cannot exist without government.


Quote: Every man has a commission to admonish, exhort, convince another of error. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Every man has a commission to admonish, exhort, convince another of error.


Quote: 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 and manners. my god! how little do my countrymen know. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of Thomas Jefferson quote: 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 and manners. my god! how little do my countrymen know.- black text on quotes background

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 and manners. my god! how little do my countrymen know.


Quote: Every man's reason is his own rightful umpire. This principle, with that of acquiescence in the will of the majority, will preserve us free and prosperous as long as they are sacredly observed. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Every man's reason is his own rightful umpire. This principle, with that of acquiescence in the will of the majority, will preserve us free and prosperous as long as they are sacredly observed.


Quote: What all agree upon is probably right; what no two agree in most probably is wrong. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

What all agree upon is probably right; what no two agree in most probably is wrong.


Quote: It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.


Quote: Still less let it be proposed that our properties within our own territories shall be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Still less let it be proposed that our properties within our own territories shall be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.




Quote: Ignorance is a poor tool in a battle of wits. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Ignorance is a poor tool in a battle of wits.




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