Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on agriculture, individuality, and prosperity

Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on change, errors, reason, safety, and wishes

If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: first Inaugural, 4 March 1801

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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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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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