Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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

Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Notes on Virginia, Query xviii. Manners

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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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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 age, competence, freedom, friendship, government, guidance, home, honesty, justice, men, nations, peace, persuasion, politics, principles, religion, revolution, safety, and support

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, - entangling alliances with none; the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies; the preservation of the general government in its whole constitutional vigour, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad; . . . freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected,- these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: First Inaugural Address. March 4, 1801.

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