Thomas Jefferson Quotes
April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826
Mr. Jefferson was the third President of the United States,
the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
Be inspired by these quotations by Thomas Jefferson.
Action will delineate and define you.
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He who knows best knows how little he knows.
Let us not be uneasy then about the different roads we may pursue, as believing them the shortest, to that our last abode, but following the guidance of a good conscience,
let us be happy in the hope that by these different paths we shall all meet in the end.
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Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just;
that His justice cannot sleep forever; that considering numbers,
nature, and natural means,
only a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of
situation is among possible events; that it may become probable
by supernatural interference!
Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that
these people are to be free; nor is it less certain that the two races,
equally free, cannot live in the same government.
We must have patience and longer endurance then with our brethren
when under delusion; give them time for reflection and experience of
consequences; keep ourselves
in a situation to profit by the chapter of accidents; and separate from
our companions only when the sole alternatives left are the dissolution of
our Union with
them, or submission to a government without limitation of powers.
Between these two evils, when we must make our choice, there can be
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man
and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith
or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach
actions only, and not opinions.
I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position
and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered,
and near a good market for the
productions 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, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. VI. (of 9) ; Being His Autobiography, Correspondence, Reports, Messages, Addresses , and Other Writings, Official and Private
It is superiority of knowledge which can alone lift you above
the heads of your competitors, and ensure your success.
Lose no moment in improving your head, nor any opportunity
of exercising your heart in benevolence.
I like the dreams of the
future better than the history of the past.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle,
stand like a rock.
Funny Quotes about Life |
We confide in our strength, without boasting of it;
we respect that of others, without fearing it.
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
Helping Others |
Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.
Do Or Do Not |
It is always better to have no
ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of
any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well
for his calling, never fails of employment. Always take
hold of things by the smooth handle.
One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
Inspirational Thoughts |
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you
Quotes about Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson is known as a leader in the thought of his age.
His principles command command the attention of every political school,
and it is necessary that all should have ready access to them.
Benj. S. Catchings, Master Thoughts of Thomas Jefferson
Your character in history may easily be foreseen. Your administration
will be quoted by philosophers as a model of profound wisdom;
by politicians, as weak, superficial,
John Adams, letter to Jefferson, July 1813
Surely it is not surprising that a man who endured so much grief became
famous for his philosophical outlook. Having borne
so heavy a burden from a young age, is it any wonder that he longed
for a better, freer world?
Jonathan Sistine, Thomas Jefferson: The Failures And Greatness Of An Ordinary Man
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