Thomas Jefferson

1743 - 1826

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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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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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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 on belief, errors, ignorance, and truth

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Notes on the State of Virginia

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on death and resignation

If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignations, none. Usually quoted: 'Few die and none resign.'

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Elias Shipman & others of New Haven, July 12, 1801.

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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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