75+ Famous Inspirational Quotes of Thomas Jefferson

Famous Inspirational Quotes of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Previously, he had served as the second vice president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. Wikipedia

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Inspirational Quotes of Thomas Jefferson :

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” -Thomas Jefferson

“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.” -Thomas Jefferson

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” -Thomas Jefferson

“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

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” -Thomas Jefferson

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

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” -Thomas Jefferson

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.” -Thomas Jefferson

“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.” -Thomas Jefferson

“He who knows best knows how little he knows.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” -Thomas Jefferson

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” -Thomas Jefferson

More Inspirational Quotes of Thomas Jefferson :

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

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” -Thomas Jefferson

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” -Thomas Jefferson

“There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.” -Thomas Jefferson

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” -Thomas Jefferson

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

“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” -Thomas Jefferson -Thomas Jefferson

“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” -Thomas Jefferson

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.” -Thomas Jefferson

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” -Thomas Jefferson

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.” -Thomas Jefferson

“An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I cannot live without books.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.” -Thomas Jefferson

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

“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

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” -Thomas Jefferson

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” -Thomas Jefferson

“No man will ever bring out of that office the reputation which carries him into it. The honeymoon would be as short in that case as in any other, and its moments of ecstasy would be ransomed by years of torment and hatred.” -Thomas Jefferson

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

“Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.” -Thomas Jefferson

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

“Everything yields to diligence.” -Thomas Jefferson

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

“Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.” -Thomas Jefferson

More Inspirational Quotes of Thomas Jefferson :

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” -Thomas Jefferson

“As new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.” -Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Delay is preferable to error.” -Thomas Jefferson

“It is my rule never to take a side in any part in the quarrels of others, nor to inquire into them. I generally presume them to flow from the indulgence of too much passion on both sides, & always find that each party thinks all the wrong was in his adversary. These bickerings, which are always useless, embitter human life more than any other cause…” -Thomas Jefferson

“Half a loaf is better than no bread.” -Thomas Jefferson

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


“Never spend your money before you have it.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.” -Thomas Jefferson

“With your talents and industry, with science, and that steadfast honesty, which eternally pursues right, regardless of consequences, you may promise yourself everything but health, without which there is no happiness.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the general progress of the human mind.” -Thomas Jefferson

“But whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.” -Thomas Jefferson

“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

“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

“No instance exists of a person’s writing two languages perfectly.” -Thomas Jefferson

“That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.” -Thomas Jefferson

“But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.” -Thomas Jefferson

“But this momentous question. Like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror.” -Thomas Jefferson

“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

“When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.” -Thomas Jefferson

“It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.” -Thomas Jefferson

“How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.” -Thomas Jefferson

“If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.” -Thomas Jefferson

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden…But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Advertisements… contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” -Thomas Jefferson

“May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” -Thomas Jefferson

“A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Walking is the very best exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.” -Thomas Jefferson

“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

“Was the government to prescribe us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.” -Thomas Jefferson

“There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.” -Thomas Jefferson

“No people who are ignorant can be truly free.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Everything is useful which contributes to fix in the principles and practices of virtue.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Self-love is no part of morality. Indeed it is exactly its counterpart. It is the sole antagonist of virtue leading us constantly by our propensities to self-gratification in violation of our moral duties to others.” -Thomas Jefferson

“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Freedom, the first-born of science.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Follow truth wherever it may lead you.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight. But the enormities of the times in which I have lived, have forced me to take a part in resisting them, and to commit myself on the boisterous ocean of political passions.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Of all machines, the human heart is the most complicated and inexplicable.” -Thomas Jefferson

“A machine for making revolutions is doing precisely the wrong thing at just the right time.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The object of walking is to relax the mind. You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk. But divert your attention by the objects surrounding you.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Nobody is better than you and remember, you are better than nobody.” -Thomas Jefferson

“It is the duty of every American citizen to take part in a vigorous debate on the issues of the day.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Every generation needs a new revolution.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.” -Thomas Jefferson

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