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Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.”

If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”

I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I cannot live without books.”

I cannot live without books.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The government you elect is the government you deserve.”

The government you elect is the government you deserve.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

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

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.”

Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Never spend your money before you have earned it.”

Never spend your money before you have earned it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Determine never to be idle.  No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any.  It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.”

When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.”

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.”

A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try.”

To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.”

The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry.”

A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”

Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time.”

The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.”

A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “When the people are afraid of the government, that’s tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that’s liberty.”

When the people are afraid of the government, that’s tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that’s liberty.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every generation needs a new revolution.”

Every generation needs a new revolution.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Health is worth more than learning.”

Health is worth more than learning.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.”

Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.”

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality.”

Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.”

There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The only security of all is in a free press.”

The only security of all is in a free press.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The possession of facts is knowledge; the use of them is wisdom.”

The possession of facts is knowledge; the use of them is wisdom.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “One man with courage is a majority.”

One man with courage is a majority.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.”

Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A well informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.”

A well informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”

I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.”

When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.

— Thomas Jefferson


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