Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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 on belief, money, posterity, and principles

I sincerely believe . . . 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 (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on borrowing, constitution, government, money, power, war, and wishes

I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing. I now deny their power of making paper money or anything else a legal tender. I know that to pay all proper expenses within the year would, in case of war, be hard on us. But not so hard as ten wars instead of one. For wars could be reduced in that proportion; besides that the State governments would be free to lend their credit in borrowing quotas.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on debt, generations, principles, and world

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on eternity and liberty

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: attributed to Jefferson

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons I. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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