Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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 authors, fatherhood, freedom, independence, and religion

Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, Of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, And Father of the University of Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: (Monticello, Virginia) {self-written}

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on books, commitment, confidence, determination, and laws

Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776 Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve, rather, to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

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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 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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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on posterity

Planting is one of my great amusements, and even of those things which can only be for posterity, for a Septuagenary has no right to count on any thing but annuals.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on god, justice, and reflection

I tremble for my species when I reflect that God is just.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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