Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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 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 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.

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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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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