Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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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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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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 force, parenthood, and principles

Force [is] the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: 1801 First Inaugural Address

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