Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on death, laws, nature, order, and punishment

It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.

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.

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.

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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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on exercise

Of all exercises walking is the best.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on war

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War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: The New Dictionary of Thoughts

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