Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons IX. Take things always by their smooth handle.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on anger

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Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons X. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on habits, lies, and time

He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it a second and third time till at length it becomes habitual.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on luxury, science, and value

. . . the science of calculation also is indispensable as far as the extraction of the square and cube roots: Algebra as far as the quadratic equation and the use of logarithms are often of value in ordinary cases: but all beyond these is but a luxury; a delicious luxury indeed; but not to be in indulged in by one who is to have a profession to follow for his subsistence.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: J. Robert Oppenheimer "The Encouragement of Science" in I. Gordon and S. Sorkin (eds.) The Armchair Science Reader, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons IV. Never buy what you do not want . . . because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on hunger and pride

Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons V. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on repentance

Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons VI. We never repent of having eaten too little.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons VII. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on conviction, gifts, god, nations, people, security, and thought

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government, liberty, progress, and yielding

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

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