Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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 caring, choice, debt, economics, government, happiness, independence, labor, liberty, and people

I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on caring, choice, debt, economics, government, happiness, independence, labor, liberty, and people

To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must take our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labors and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on delay and errors

Delay is preferable to error.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on belief, good, mind, and pleasure

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on aim, duty, failure, and mankind

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on education, good, hope, liberty, people, and security

Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on anger

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When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, count a hundred.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on attitude, earth, and goals

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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