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Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.”

Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean.”

A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.”

Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.”

Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “That government that governs least governs best.”

That government that governs least governs best.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.”

Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every man has two countries: his own and France.”

Every man has two countries: his own and France.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.”

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The man who would choose security over freedom deserves neither.”

The man who would choose security over freedom deserves neither.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act if all the world were looking at you, and act accordingly.”

Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act if all the world were looking at you, and act accordingly.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I find as I grow older that I love those most whom I loved first.”

I find as I grow older that I love those most whom I loved first.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The First Amendment has created a wall of separation between the church and the State. But that wall is one directional. It is to keep the government from running the Church. But it is not to keep Christian principles out of the government.”

The First Amendment has created a wall of separation between the church and the State. But that wall is one directional. It is to keep the government from running the Church. But it is not to keep Christian principles out of the government.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.”

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Men as well as rivers grow crooked by following the path of least resistance.”

Men as well as rivers grow crooked by following the path of least resistance.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The constitutional freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.”

The constitutional freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Our minds and hearts are free to believe everything or nothing at all – and it is our duty to protect and perpetuate this sacred culture of freedom.”

Our minds and hearts are free to believe everything or nothing at all – and it is our duty to protect and perpetuate this sacred culture of freedom.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.”

Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “While the farmer holds the title to the land, actually, it belongs to all the people because civilization itself rests upon the soil.”

While the farmer holds the title to the land, actually, it belongs to all the people because civilization itself rests upon the soil.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.”

I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The colleges of Edinburgh and Geneva as seminaries of science, are considered as the two eyes of Europe. While Great Britain and America give the preference to the former, all other countries give it to the latter.”

The colleges of Edinburgh and Geneva as seminaries of science, are considered as the two eyes of Europe. While Great Britain and America give the preference to the former, all other countries give it to the latter.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Delay is preferable to error.”

Delay is preferable to error.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state.”

Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”

All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I extremely believe in luck, and I discovered more hard work, your luck as much.”

I extremely believe in luck, and I discovered more hard work, your luck as much.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I deny the power of the general government to making paper money, or anything else a legal tender.”

I deny the power of the general government to making paper money, or anything else a legal tender.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.”

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.”

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The federal government is our servant, not our master.”

The federal government is our servant, not our master.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A good cause is often injured more by ill-timed efforts of its friends than by the arguments of its enemies. Persuasion, perseverance and patience are the best advocates on questions depending on the will of others.”

A good cause is often injured more by ill-timed efforts of its friends than by the arguments of its enemies. Persuasion, perseverance and patience are the best advocates on questions depending on the will of others.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The sheep are happier of themselves, than under the care of wolves.”

The sheep are happier of themselves, than under the care of wolves.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being.”

The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.”

No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Truth between candid minds can never do harm.”

Truth between candid minds can never do harm.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Certain teachings in the Bible are as diamonds in a dung-heap.”

Certain teachings in the Bible are as diamonds in a dung-heap.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “All through your life, you’ll be faced with making a decision between two things-choose the one that is right. If they are both right, then choose the one that will make you feel the best about it at the end of the day.”

All through your life, you’ll be faced with making a decision between two things-choose the one that is right. If they are both right, then choose the one that will make you feel the best about it at the end of the day.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Paper is poverty, it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.”

Paper is poverty, it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.”

I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.”

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body.”

The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The tender breasts of ladies were not formed for political convulsion.”

The tender breasts of ladies were not formed for political convulsion.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.”

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The Christian god is a being of terrific character – cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust.”

The Christian god is a being of terrific character – cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust.

— Thomas Jefferson

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