Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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 experience, government, power, time, and tyranny

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: 1778

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on age, country, and liberty

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on honesty and principles

Every honest man will suppose honest acts to flow from honest principles, and the rogues may rail without intermission.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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