Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on country, happiness, imperfection, perception, reason, and serenity

In every country where man is free to think and to speak, difference of opinion will arise from difference of perception, and the imperfection of reason; but these differences, when permitted, as in this happy country, to purify themselves by free discussion, are but as passing clouds overspreading our land transiently, and leaving our horizon more bright and serene.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on friendship and life

Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on constitution, facts, life, and practice

If some period be not fixed, either by the Constitution or by practice, to the services of the First Magistrate, his office, though nominally elective, will, in fact, be for life, and that will soon degenerate into an inheritance.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on body, boldness, character, companions, exercise, independence, mind, nature, and violence

To Peter Carr, 1785: A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on birds, children, learning, and superiority

I sincerely congratulate you on the arrival of the mockingbird. Learn all the children to venerate it as a superior being in the form of a bird, or as a being which will haunt them if any harm is done to itself or its eggs.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on liberty, men, and timidity

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on liberty

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We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on errors, government, needs, support, and truth

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Notes on Virginia

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on blindness, boldness, existence, fear, god, questions, and reason

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on god and neighbors

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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