Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on principles

In matters of principle, stand like a rock. In matters of taste, swim with the current.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on argument, death, and reason

It is as useless to argue with those who have renounced the use of reason as to administer medication to the dead.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on ideas

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He who receives an idea from me receives instruction for himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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.

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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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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on family, home, and life

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on america, books, crime, and sales

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry, too.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on god, government, and neighbors

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on dreams, future, history, and past

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on direction

Were we directed from Washington when to sow, & when to reap, we should soon want bread.

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