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Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Never use two words when one will do.”

Never use two words when one will do.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The art of governing consists simply of being honest, exercising common sense, following principle, and doing what is right and just.”

The art of governing consists simply of being honest, exercising common sense, following principle, and doing what is right and just.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.”

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Industry, commerce and security are the surest roads to the happiness and prosperity of people.”

Industry, commerce and security are the surest roads to the happiness and prosperity of people.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”

When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the earth were it not for misgovernment and a diversion of his energies to selfish interests.”

How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the earth were it not for misgovernment and a diversion of his energies to selfish interests.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven. I can scarcely expect bread.”

The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven. I can scarcely expect bread.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. The Europeans value themselves on having subdued the horse to the uses of man; but I doubt whether we have not lost more than we have gained, by the use of this animal.”

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. The Europeans value themselves on having subdued the horse to the uses of man; but I doubt whether we have not lost more than we have gained, by the use of this animal.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “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.”

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


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “When you abandon freedom to achieve security, you lose both and deserve neither.”

When you abandon freedom to achieve security, you lose both and deserve neither.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.”

The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Eternal Vigilance is the price of democracy.”

Eternal Vigilance is the price of democracy.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise, and the weather shall be little regarded. If the body is feeble, the mind will not be strong.”

Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise, and the weather shall be little regarded. If the body is feeble, the mind will not be strong.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.”

May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The people will not understand the importance of the Second Amendment until it is too late.”

The people will not understand the importance of the Second Amendment until it is too late.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all.”

It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We will be soldiers, so our sons may be farmers, so their sons may be artists.”

We will be soldiers, so our sons may be farmers, so their sons may be artists.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.”

If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse in any country. If it were, the laws would lose their effect, because it can always be pretended.”

Ignorance of the law is no excuse in any country. If it were, the laws would lose their effect, because it can always be pretended.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid; and I find myself much the happier.”

I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid; and I find myself much the happier.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty.”

The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.”

I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.”

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “In the environment, every victory is temporary, every defeat permanent.”

In the environment, every victory is temporary, every defeat permanent.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains, rather than do an immoral act.”

Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains, rather than do an immoral act.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity.”

Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Let the eye of vigilance never be closed.”

Let the eye of vigilance never be closed.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Paper money is liable to be abused, has been, is, and forever will be abused, in every country in which it is permitted.”

Paper money is liable to be abused, has been, is, and forever will be abused, in every country in which it is permitted.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Of all exercises, walking is the best.”

Of all exercises, walking is the best.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.”

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.”

The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavors of our lives.”

The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavors of our lives.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.”

The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The genius of architecture seems to have shed its maledictions over this land.”

The genius of architecture seems to have shed its maledictions over this land.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We need a revolution every 20 years just to keep government honest.”

We need a revolution every 20 years just to keep government honest.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Let those flatter, who fear: it is not an American art. To give praise where it is not due, might be well from the venal, but would ill beseem those who are asserting the rights of human nature.”

Let those flatter, who fear: it is not an American art. To give praise where it is not due, might be well from the venal, but would ill beseem those who are asserting the rights of human nature.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.”

A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have been called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.”

But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have been called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”

The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.”

Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The wise know too well their weakness to assume infallibility; and he who knows most knows best how little he knows.”

The wise know too well their weakness to assume infallibility; and he who knows most knows best how little he knows.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language.”

To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”

A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I have nothing but contempt for anyone who can spell a word in only one way.”

I have nothing but contempt for anyone who can spell a word in only one way.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil; while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments.”

When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil; while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments.

— Thomas Jefferson

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