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Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people.”

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Reading, reflection and time have convinced me that the interests of society require the observation of those moral precepts only in which all religions agree.”

Reading, reflection and time have convinced me that the interests of society require the observation of those moral precepts only in which all religions agree.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Dependence leads to subservience.”

Dependence leads to subservience.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Against us are all timid men who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty We are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils.”

Against us are all timid men who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty We are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.”

We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.”

History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A rising nation, spread over a wide and fruitful Land, traversing all the seas with the rich production of their Industry.”

A rising nation, spread over a wide and fruitful Land, traversing all the seas with the rich production of their Industry.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.”

It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry...”

Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry...

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “There is a fulness of time when men should go, and not occupy too long the ground to which others have a right to advance.”

There is a fulness of time when men should go, and not occupy too long the ground to which others have a right to advance.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A little rebellion is a good thing.”

A little rebellion is a good thing.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”

Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “One war, such as that of our Revolution, is enough for one life.”

One war, such as that of our Revolution, is enough for one life.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.”

Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Each generation has a right to choose for itself the form of government it believes most promotive of its happiness.”

Each generation has a right to choose for itself the form of government it believes most promotive of its happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many.”

A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.”

Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations – to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements under all circumstances, to be open and generous, promoting in the long run even the interests of both.”

I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations – to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements under all circumstances, to be open and generous, promoting in the long run even the interests of both.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I consider the doctrines of Jesus as delivered by himself to contain the outlines of the sublimest system of morality that has ever been taught but I hold in the most profound detestation and execration the corruptions of it which have been invented...”

I consider the doctrines of Jesus as delivered by himself to contain the outlines of the sublimest system of morality that has ever been taught but I hold in the most profound detestation and execration the corruptions of it which have been invented...

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “With nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties.”

With nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If you are obliged to neglect any thing, let it be your chemistry. It is the least useful and the least amusing to a country gentleman of all the ordinary branches of science.”

If you are obliged to neglect any thing, let it be your chemistry. It is the least useful and the least amusing to a country gentleman of all the ordinary branches of science.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No government should be without critics. If its intentions are good then it has nothing to fear from criticism.”

No government should be without critics. If its intentions are good then it has nothing to fear from criticism.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.”

The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice.”

It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another.”

The failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts; but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere; and less perfection in the others, with more health, virtue and freedom, would be my choice.”

I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts; but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere; and less perfection in the others, with more health, virtue and freedom, would be my choice.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If I could not go to heaven with but a party, I would not go there at all. Therefore, I am not of the party of federalists. But I am much further from that of the anti-federalists.”

If I could not go to heaven with but a party, I would not go there at all. Therefore, I am not of the party of federalists. But I am much further from that of the anti-federalists.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Let those flatter who fear; it is not an American art .”

Let those flatter who fear; it is not an American art .

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence. So shall the life into which you have entered be the portal to one of eternal and ineffable bliss.”

Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence. So shall the life into which you have entered be the portal to one of eternal and ineffable bliss.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We act not for ourselves but for the whole human race. The event of our experiment is to show whether man can be trusted with self – government.”

We act not for ourselves but for the whole human race. The event of our experiment is to show whether man can be trusted with self – government.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We are the friends of liberty everywhere, but the guarrantors of only our own.”

We are the friends of liberty everywhere, but the guarrantors of only our own.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The worst day in a man’s life is when he sits down and begins thinking about how he can get something for nothing.”

The worst day in a man’s life is when he sits down and begins thinking about how he can get something for nothing.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.”

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.”

If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. They are inherently independent of all but moral law.”

Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. They are inherently independent of all but moral law.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Power is not alluring to pure minds.”

Power is not alluring to pure minds.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.”

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.”

If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.”

I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.”

Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.”

A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body. No laborious person was ever yet hysterical.”

Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body. No laborious person was ever yet hysterical.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We prefer war in all cases to tribute under any form and to any people whatever.”

We prefer war in all cases to tribute under any form and to any people whatever.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.”

The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind.”

I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.”

Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen, people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.”

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen, people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.

— Thomas Jefferson

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