Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on belief, constitution, feeling, instinct, and justice

I believe that justice is instinct and innate, the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as the threat of feeling, seeing and hearing.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on existence, familiarity, language, writing, and youth

No instance exists of a person's writing two language perfectly. That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on competence, duty, exercise, facts, government, people, power, and principles

To John Cartwright, 1824: We established however some, although not all its [self-government] important principles. The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved,) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; . . .

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Memorial Edition 16:45, Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on belief, happiness, power, and world

Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it is what I have steadfastly believed.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on body and exercise

The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on country, kindness, necessity, and wealth

The best hemp and the best tobacco grow on the same kind of soil. The former article is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country. The latter, never useful.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government and history

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: ca. 1800

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on books, honesty, and wisdom

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on fear and hope

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I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on civilization, expectation, and nations

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: 1816

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