Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on democracy and work

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government and people

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government and people

. . . whenever any form of government becomes destructive . . . it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it...

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Declaration of Independence, 1776

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on certainty, government, spirit, and wishes

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: 1787, Letter to Abigail Adams

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

The sheep are happier of themselves than under the care of a wolf.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to William Stevens Smith [Nov. 13, 1787]

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on ideas

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To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

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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