Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on citizenship, good, hope, and resolution

I have come to a resolution myself as I hope every good citizen will, never again to purchase any article of foreign manufacture which can be had of American make, be the difference of price what it may.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on ability, acting, anxiety, character, citizenship, concern, difficulty, duty, honesty, individuality, information, interest, knowledge, men, motives, necessity, time, and understanding

Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concern than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations. No duty is at the same time more difficult to fulfil. The knowledge of character possessed by a single individual is of necessity limited. To seek out the best through the whole Union, we must resort to the information which from the best of men, acting disinterestedly and with the purest motives, is sometimes incorrect.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Elias Shipman and others of New Haven, July 12, 1801.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on circumstances

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on courage and majorities

One man with courage is a majority.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Contributed by: Zaady

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)

Contributed by: Zaady

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)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on delay and errors

Delay is preferable to error.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Contributed by: Zaady

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)

Contributed by: Zaady

Syndicate content