Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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.

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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 boldness, existence, facts, fear, god, questions, reason, and weakness

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servility crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. 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 blindfolded fear.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on good, politics, rebellion, and world

A little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to James Madison, 1787

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on god, obedience, and rebellion

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

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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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