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Thomas Jefferson Quote: “There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.”

There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.

— Thomas Jefferson



Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.”

I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.”

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.”

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.”

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics.”

Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them.”

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Nothing can be believed but what one sees, or has from an eye witness.”

Nothing can be believed but what one sees, or has from an eye witness.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it.”

It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.”

If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven, and you are answerable for, not the rightness, but the uprightness of the decision.”

Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven, and you are answerable for, not the rightness, but the uprightness of the decision.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The parent storms, the child looks on, catches the lineaments of wrath, puts on the same airs in the circle of smaller slaves, gives a loose to the worst of passions, and thus nursed, educated and daily exercised in tyranny, cannot but be stamped by it with odious peculiarities.”

The parent storms, the child looks on, catches the lineaments of wrath, puts on the same airs in the circle of smaller slaves, gives a loose to the worst of passions, and thus nursed, educated and daily exercised in tyranny, cannot but be stamped by it with odious peculiarities.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain.”

The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor I.”

The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor I.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.”

Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.”

Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force.”

This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Lethargy is the forerunner of death to the public liberty.”

Lethargy is the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Experience has already shown that the impeachment the Constitution has provided is not even a scarecrow.”

Experience has already shown that the impeachment the Constitution has provided is not even a scarecrow.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.”

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “My most earnest wish is to see the republican element of popular control pushed to the maximum of its practicable exercise. I shall then believe that our government may be pure and perpetual.”

My most earnest wish is to see the republican element of popular control pushed to the maximum of its practicable exercise. I shall then believe that our government may be pure and perpetual.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “In every government on earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of corruption and degeneracy, which cunning will discover, and wickedness insensibly open, cultivate and improve.”

In every government on earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of corruption and degeneracy, which cunning will discover, and wickedness insensibly open, cultivate and improve.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The religion-builders have so distorted and deformed the doctrines of Jesus, so muffled them in mysticism, fancies, and falsehoods.”

The religion-builders have so distorted and deformed the doctrines of Jesus, so muffled them in mysticism, fancies, and falsehoods.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.”

Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Let common sense and common honesty have fair play, and they will soon set things to rights.”

Let common sense and common honesty have fair play, and they will soon set things to rights.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.”

The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I recoil with horror at the ferociousness of man. Will nations never devise a more rational umpire of differences than force? Are there no means of coercing injustice more gratifying to our nature than a waste of the blood of thousands and of the labor of millions of our fellow creatures?”

I recoil with horror at the ferociousness of man. Will nations never devise a more rational umpire of differences than force? Are there no means of coercing injustice more gratifying to our nature than a waste of the blood of thousands and of the labor of millions of our fellow creatures?

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.”

There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural.”

I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Malice will always find bad motives for good actions. – Shall we therefore never do good?”

Malice will always find bad motives for good actions. – Shall we therefore never do good?

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Victory and defeat are each of the same price.”

Victory and defeat are each of the same price.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers.”

As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union.”

The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else.”

If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The same political parties which now agitiate the US have existed through all time. And in fact the terms of whig and tory belong to natural as well as to civil history. They denote the temper and constitution and mind of different individuals.”

The same political parties which now agitiate the US have existed through all time. And in fact the terms of whig and tory belong to natural as well as to civil history. They denote the temper and constitution and mind of different individuals.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Easter was when they nailed Him to the cross. And He never said a mumbling word.”

Easter was when they nailed Him to the cross. And He never said a mumbling word.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Government can do something for the people only in proportion as it can do something to the people.”

Government can do something for the people only in proportion as it can do something to the people.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.”

I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “The law of self-preservation is higher than written law.”

The law of self-preservation is higher than written law.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.”

I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.”

Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Man is not made for the State but the State for man and it derives its just powers only from the consent of the governed.”

Man is not made for the State but the State for man and it derives its just powers only from the consent of the governed.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.”

It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.”

Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “There is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose.”

There is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Amplification is the vice of modern oratory. It is an insult to an assembly of reasonable men, disgusting and revolting instead ofpersuading. Speeches measured by the hour, die by the hour.”

Amplification is the vice of modern oratory. It is an insult to an assembly of reasonable men, disgusting and revolting instead ofpersuading. Speeches measured by the hour, die by the hour.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Never was so much false arithmetic employed on any subject, as that which has been employed to persuade nations that it is in their interest to go to war.”

Never was so much false arithmetic employed on any subject, as that which has been employed to persuade nations that it is in their interest to go to war.

— Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson Quote: “Cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independent citizens.”

Cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independent citizens.

— Thomas Jefferson

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