Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on good, government, improvement, labor, and men

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: First Inaugural address, 1801

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on errors and reason

Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: First Inaugural Address. March 4, 1801.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on addiction, heaven, men, philosophy, politics, religion, and thinking

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on circumstances, ethics, faith, generosity, interest, men, and nations

I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations-to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements and under all circumstances, to be open and generous, promoting in the long run even the interests of both.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on ethics

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The only thing a man can take beyond this lifetime is his ethics.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on evil and pain

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How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on duty and trying

No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: History of the People of the U.S.; vol. ii, p.586

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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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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on certainty and men

All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Constitution of Massachusetts.

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