Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on existence, fear, truth, wishes, and world

There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on errors, freedom, mind, reason, and truth

This institution will be based upon the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on despair, feeling, hope, mind, society, and war

My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war - and I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on ignorance

Ignorance is a poor tool in a battle of wits.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on liberty

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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: to A. Stuart, 1791.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on freedom, liberty, and losing

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on citizenship, duty, laws, nations, and obedience

Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on control, discretion, education, exercise, people, remedies, society, and elightenment

I know of no safe repository for the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to increase their discretion by education.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on nature, society, and talent

I hold it to be one of the distinguishing excellences of elective over hereditary successions that the talents which nature has provided in sufficient proportion, should be selected by the society for the govenment of their affairs, rather than that this should be be transmitted through the loins of knaves and fools passing from the debauches of the table to those of the bed.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on friendship, government, energy, and oppression

I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787.

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