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Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.”

The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I am tired of a life of contention, and of being the personal object for the hatred of every man, who hates the present state of things.”

I am tired of a life of contention, and of being the personal object for the hatred of every man, who hates the present state of things.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “In a virtuous government, and more especially in times like these, public offices are what they should be – burdens to those appointed to them which it would be wrong to decline, though foreseen to bring them intense labor and great private loss.”

In a virtuous government, and more especially in times like these, public offices are what they should be – burdens to those appointed to them which it would be wrong to decline, though foreseen to bring them intense labor and great private loss.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The bloom of Monticello is chilled by my solitude.”

The bloom of Monticello is chilled by my solitude.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I have so much confidence in the good sense of man, and his qualifications for self-government, that I am never afraid of the issue where reason is left free to exert her force.”

I have so much confidence in the good sense of man, and his qualifications for self-government, that I am never afraid of the issue where reason is left free to exert her force.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The selfish spirit of commerce, which knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.”

The selfish spirit of commerce, which knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality.”

I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will, and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement.”

To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will, and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”

Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies.”

Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science by rendering them my supreme delight.”

Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science by rendering them my supreme delight.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.”

Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens.”

I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.”

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality.”

When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The most effective means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts.”

The most effective means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “He does most in God’s great world who does his best in his own little world.”

He does most in God’s great world who does his best in his own little world.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For not one of us, no, not one, is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfection, this world would be a desert for our love.”

Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For not one of us, no, not one, is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfection, this world would be a desert for our love.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I had rather ask an enlargement of power from the nation, where it is found necessary, than to assume it by a construction which would make our powers boundless.”

I had rather ask an enlargement of power from the nation, where it is found necessary, than to assume it by a construction which would make our powers boundless.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “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.”

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


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It will be said that great societies cannot exist without government.”

It will be said that great societies cannot exist without government.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.”

Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I fancy it must be the quantity of animal food eaten by the English which renders their character insusceptible to civilization. I suspect it is in their kitchens and not in their churches that the reformation must be worked.”

I fancy it must be the quantity of animal food eaten by the English which renders their character insusceptible to civilization. I suspect it is in their kitchens and not in their churches that the reformation must be worked.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also.”

It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Wine brightens the life and thinking of anyone.”

Wine brightens the life and thinking of anyone.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.”

I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The hole and the patch should be commensurate.”

The hole and the patch should be commensurate.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The unsuccessful strugglers against tyranny have been the chief martyrs of treason laws in all countries.”

The unsuccessful strugglers against tyranny have been the chief martyrs of treason laws in all countries.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Question with boldness even the existence of a god.”

Question with boldness even the existence of a god.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Take more pleasure in giving what is best to another than in having it for yourself, and then all the world will love you.”

Take more pleasure in giving what is best to another than in having it for yourself, and then all the world will love you.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every man’s reason is his own rightful umpire. This principle, with that of acquiescence in the will of the majority, will preserve us free and prosperous as long as they are sacredly observed.”

Every man’s reason is his own rightful umpire. This principle, with that of acquiescence in the will of the majority, will preserve us free and prosperous as long as they are sacredly observed.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “From candlelight to early bedtime, I read.”

From candlelight to early bedtime, I read.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “For if one link in nature’s chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal.”

For if one link in nature’s chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The people cannot be all, and always well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive.”

The people cannot be all, and always well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.”

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We sometimes from dreams pick up some hint worth improving by reflection.”

We sometimes from dreams pick up some hint worth improving by reflection.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every man has a commission to admonish, exhort, convince another of error.”

Every man has a commission to admonish, exhort, convince another of error.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “My confidence is that there will for a long time be virtue and good sense enough in our countrymen to correct abuses.”

My confidence is that there will for a long time be virtue and good sense enough in our countrymen to correct abuses.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I believe the states can best govern our home concerns and the federal government our foreign ones.”

I believe the states can best govern our home concerns and the federal government our foreign ones.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.”

The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It may be regarded as certain that not a foot of land will ever be taken from the Indians without their own consent.”

It may be regarded as certain that not a foot of land will ever be taken from the Indians without their own consent.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness.”

Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The religion of Jesus is founded in the Unity of God, and this principle chiefly gave it triumph over the rabble of heathen gods then acknowledged. Thinking men of all nations rallied readily to the doctrine of one only God, and embraced it with the pure-morals which Jesus inculcated.”

The religion of Jesus is founded in the Unity of God, and this principle chiefly gave it triumph over the rabble of heathen gods then acknowledged. Thinking men of all nations rallied readily to the doctrine of one only God, and embraced it with the pure-morals which Jesus inculcated.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.”

My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.”

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.”

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “When an instrument admits two constructions, the one safe, the other dangerous, the one precise, the other indefinite, I prefer that which is safe and precise.”

When an instrument admits two constructions, the one safe, the other dangerous, the one precise, the other indefinite, I prefer that which is safe and precise.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I like my coffee like I like my women.”

I like my coffee like I like my women.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence.”

If ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence.

— Thomas Jefferson

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