Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on death and resignation

If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignations, none. Usually quoted: 'Few die and none resign.'

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Elias Shipman & others of New Haven, July 12, 1801.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on assumptions and trust

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Remark to Baron von Humboldt, 1807, Life of Jefferson (Rayner), p. 356.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on beginning

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Tench Coxe, 1799

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on beginning

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on education and newspapers

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on errors and reason

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on boldness, existence, facts, fear, god, questions, reason, and weakness

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servility crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. 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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on good, politics, rebellion, and world

A little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to James Madison, 1787

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on god, obedience, and rebellion

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on experience, government, power, time, and tyranny

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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: 1778

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