Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on hope and love

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To George Washington, 1796: One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.

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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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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 god, liberty, life, and time

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Summary View of the Rights of British America.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on ambition, men, and pain

I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on people

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He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Declaration of Independence, 1776

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on duty, fear, good, government, men, and principles

No government can be maintained without the principle of fear as well as of duty. Good men will obey the last, but bad ones the former only.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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