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Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.”

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every gentleman plays billiards, but someone who plays billiards too well, is no gentleman.”

Every gentleman plays billiards, but someone who plays billiards too well, is no gentleman.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.”

No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will.”

An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I have always said that a studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.”

I have always said that a studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.”

Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.”

State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism. Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence.”

Confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism. Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice.”

The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.”

Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A true patriot will defend his country from its government.”

A true patriot will defend his country from its government.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I love peace, and am anxious that we should give the world still another useful lesson, by showing to them other modes of punishing injuries than by war, which is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.”

I love peace, and am anxious that we should give the world still another useful lesson, by showing to them other modes of punishing injuries than by war, which is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I will not believe our labors are lost. I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on a steady advance.”

I will not believe our labors are lost. I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on a steady advance.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Tranquility is the old man’s milk.”

Tranquility is the old man’s milk.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.”

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.”

Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Never did a prisoner, released from his chains, feel such relief as I shall on shaking off the shackles of power.”

Never did a prisoner, released from his chains, feel such relief as I shall on shaking off the shackles of power.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.”

We must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We never repent of having eaten too little.”

We never repent of having eaten too little.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.”

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The spirit of 1776 is not dead. It had only been slumbering. The body of the American people is substantially republican.”

The spirit of 1776 is not dead. It had only been slumbering. The body of the American people is substantially republican.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The fact is that one new idea leads to another, that to a third and so on through a course of time, until someone, with whom no one of these ideas was original, combines all together, and produces what is justly called a new invention.”

The fact is that one new idea leads to another, that to a third and so on through a course of time, until someone, with whom no one of these ideas was original, combines all together, and produces what is justly called a new invention.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus.”

Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “An acre of the best ground for hemp, is to be selected and sewn in hemp and be kept for a permanent hemp patch.”

An acre of the best ground for hemp, is to be selected and sewn in hemp and be kept for a permanent hemp patch.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life of the majority.”

We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life of the majority.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No stile of writing is so delightful as that which is all pith, which never omits a necessary word, nor uses an unnecessary one.”

No stile of writing is so delightful as that which is all pith, which never omits a necessary word, nor uses an unnecessary one.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.”

Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No knowledge can be more satisfactory to a man than that of his own frame, its parts, their functions and actions.”

No knowledge can be more satisfactory to a man than that of his own frame, its parts, their functions and actions.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Do not write me studied letters but ramble as you please.”

Do not write me studied letters but ramble as you please.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Money, not morality, constitutes the principle of commercial nations.”

Money, not morality, constitutes the principle of commercial nations.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.”

Whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just.”

My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.”

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The only way to win money out of a casino is to own one.”

The only way to win money out of a casino is to own one.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is an axiom in my mind, that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that too of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This it is the business of the State to effect, and on a general plan.”

It is an axiom in my mind, that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that too of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This it is the business of the State to effect, and on a general plan.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in their times.”

I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in their times.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “My principle is to do whatever is right, and leave consequences to him who has the disposal of them.”

My principle is to do whatever is right, and leave consequences to him who has the disposal of them.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck.”

Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.”

Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A single zealot may commence prosecutor, and better men be his victims.”

A single zealot may commence prosecutor, and better men be his victims.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.”

Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give you a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honour.”

Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give you a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honour.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.”

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.”

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The Habeas Corpus secures every man here, alien or citizen, against everything which is not law, whatever shape it may assume.”

The Habeas Corpus secures every man here, alien or citizen, against everything which is not law, whatever shape it may assume.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Taxes should be proportioned to what may be annually spared by the individual.”

Taxes should be proportioned to what may be annually spared by the individual.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.”

Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.

— Thomas Jefferson

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