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I cannot live without books.

Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

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.

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.

The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.

There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.

It is an axiom in my mind, that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that too of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This it is the business of the State to effect, and on a general plan.

The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.

I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

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I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes On Education 

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.

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

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.

How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.

I am increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living and that one generation has no more right to bind another to it's laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right to command another.

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations...entangling alliances with none.

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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

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.

If you want something you've never had You must be willing to do something you've never done.

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If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

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

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

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

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.

Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For not one of us, no, not one, is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfection, this world would be a desert for our love.

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.

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The only security of all is in a free press.

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

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

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

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be.

no people can be both ignorant and free.

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.

Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

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I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

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

Thomas Jefferson Quotes On Government 

The dead should not rule the living.

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice

He who knows best knows how little he knows.

I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendency of one sect over another.

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Good wine is a necessity of life for me. 

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

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.

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

Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck.

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The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. 

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

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

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.

I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.

Let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.

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.

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

Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

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And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke's argument.

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

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.

The laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.

In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.

Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.

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I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.

When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

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

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

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

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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 Quotes On Liberty 

I wish I was a despot that I might save the noble, the beautiful trees that are daily falling sacrifice to the cupidity of their owners, or the necessity of the poor. The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of centuries, seems to me a crime little short of murder.

A little rebellion is good now and then.

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

We have no right to prejudice another in his civil enjoyments because he is of another church.

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

Do not be too severe upon the errors of the people, but reclaim them by enlightening them.

The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrant. It is its natural manure.

Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will giveyou a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honour.

Without books, I would certainly die.

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. 

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

Peace, that glorious moment in time when everyone stops and reloads.

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We are all Federalists,and we are all Republicans.

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

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.

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That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.

I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

In matters of principal stand like a rock.

The opinions and beliefs of men follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds.

I may grow rich by an art I am compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor.

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.

I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that not as an aliment, so much as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principal diet.

Everything yields to diligence.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.

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I am a sect by myself, as far as I know.

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.

A nation which expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, expects that which never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes Freedom 

When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.


If by religion we are to understand sectarian dogmas, in which no two of them agree, then your exclamation on that hypothesis is just, "that this would be the best of worlds if there were no religion in it.

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The art of life is the art of avoiding pain.

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

In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.

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

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

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.

The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to.

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.

There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.

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

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

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when you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on

Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everyone is standing around reloading

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that his justice will not sleep forever.

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.

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 Quotes On Revolution 

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

I cannot live without books

Every generation needs a new revolution.

We believe no more in Bonaparte's fighting merely for the liberties of the seas than in Great Britain's fighting for the liberties of mankind. The object is the same, to draw to themselves the power, the wealth and the resources of other nations.

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.

Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.

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

God grant that men of principle shall be our principal men.

This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.

If it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience.

The care of human life and happiness, and their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of a good government.

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

Courts love the people always, as wolves do the sheep.

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.

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.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work.

A Man's management of his own purse speaks volumes about character.

The rights hereby asserted are of the natural rights of mankind, and that if any act shall be hereafter passed to repeal the present or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right.

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way. 

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No people who are ignorant can be truly free.

New York, like London, seems to be a cloacina [toilet] of all the depravities of human nature.

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

The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches. We must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

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.

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