Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government

That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government

Those who bear equally the burdens of government should equally participate in the benefits.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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.

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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 eternity and liberty

Eternal Vigilance is the price of liberty.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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