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Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”

Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.”

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “One never really knows how much one has been touched by a place until one has left it.”

One never really knows how much one has been touched by a place until one has left it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.”

Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it is what I have steadfastly believed.”

Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it is what I have steadfastly believed.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If there be any among us who wish to dissolve the Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed, as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”

If there be any among us who wish to dissolve the Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed, as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.”

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.”

It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally’s cellar.”

On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally’s cellar.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth.”

No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “For Heaven’s sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum.”

For Heaven’s sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.”

But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it.”

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.”

We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.”

Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It look like the lord just work for wite folks cause ever sens i wasn nothin but a litle boy i been on my on haulin water to the fiel on that ol water cart wit all them dime bukets an that dipper just hittin an old dorthy just trottin and trottin an me up their hittin her wit that rope...”

It look like the lord just work for wite folks cause ever sens i wasn nothin but a litle boy i been on my on haulin water to the fiel on that ol water cart wit all them dime bukets an that dipper just hittin an old dorthy just trottin and trottin an me up their hittin her wit that rope...

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on wheels will make a great change in the situation of man.”

The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on wheels will make a great change in the situation of man.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.”

The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom.”

I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them.”

The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.”

It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the states are independent as to everything within themselves and united as to everything respecting foreign nations. Let the general government be reduced to foreign concerns only.”

The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the states are independent as to everything within themselves and united as to everything respecting foreign nations. Let the general government be reduced to foreign concerns only.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The moral sense is the first excellence of well-organized man.”

The moral sense is the first excellence of well-organized man.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “A noiseless course, not meddling with the affairs of others, unattractive of notice, is a mark that society is going on in happiness. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.”

A noiseless course, not meddling with the affairs of others, unattractive of notice, is a mark that society is going on in happiness. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The dead should not rule the living.”

The dead should not rule the living.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making.”

Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.”

To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “How sublime to look down on the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder, all fabricated at our feet!”

How sublime to look down on the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder, all fabricated at our feet!

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I have great confidence in the common sense of mankind in general.”

I have great confidence in the common sense of mankind in general.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern.”

I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.”

We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The only orthodox object of the institution of government is to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible to the general mass of those associated under it.”

The only orthodox object of the institution of government is to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible to the general mass of those associated under it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us.”

The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It will take a thousand years for the frontier to reach the Pacific.”

It will take a thousand years for the frontier to reach the Pacific.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I pledge undying hostility to any government restrictions on the free minds of the people.”

I pledge undying hostility to any government restrictions on the free minds of the people.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity.”

No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet, had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Haman’s.”

If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet, had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Haman’s.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free.”

Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Those who don’t read the newspapers are better off than those who do insofar as those who know nothing are better off than those whose heads are filled with half-truths and lies.”

Those who don’t read the newspapers are better off than those who do insofar as those who know nothing are better off than those whose heads are filled with half-truths and lies.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.”

Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “What justice would there be to take this life? Justice, gentlemen? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this.”

What justice would there be to take this life? Justice, gentlemen? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The cement of this union is in the heart blood of every American. I do not believe there is on earth a government established on so immovable a basis.”

The cement of this union is in the heart blood of every American. I do not believe there is on earth a government established on so immovable a basis.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Every experience deeply felt in life needs to be passed along. Wheather it be through words and music, chiseled in stone, painted with a brush, or sewn with a needle, it is a way of reaching for immortality.”

Every experience deeply felt in life needs to be passed along. Wheather it be through words and music, chiseled in stone, painted with a brush, or sewn with a needle, it is a way of reaching for immortality.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light.”

Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”

No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Without virtue, happiness cannot be.”

Without virtue, happiness cannot be.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood.”

It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood.

— Thomas Jefferson

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