Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on friendship, presidency, and reputation

No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it. To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.

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.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on assumptions and trust

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Remark to Baron von Humboldt, 1807, Life of Jefferson (Rayner), p. 356.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on beginning

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them [offices], a rottenness begins in his conduct.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Tench Coxe, 1799

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on beginning

When a man has cast his longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on education and newspapers

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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