Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on creation, fighting, happiness, independence, liberty, life, men, and sacred

We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive fights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Original Draft, Declaration of Independence

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on certainty, happiness, liberty, life, and men

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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on assumptions, earth, god, laws, mankind, nature, people, politics, respect, and separation

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Declaration of Independence.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government and trust

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: 1801 First Inaugural Address

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government, labor, and life

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on change, judgment, life, religion, words, and world

I never told my religion nor scrutinize that of another. I never attempted to make a convert nor wished to change another's creed. I have judged of others' religion by their lives, for it is from our lives and not from our words that our religion must be read. By the same test must the world judge me.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on culture, earth, and garden

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, no culture comparable to that of the garden . . . But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Garden Book, 1811

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