70 Famous quotes and sayings by Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was the American founding father and the 3rd President of the United States. He was also an architect, lawyer, diplomat, statesman, and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. May these quotes by Thomas Jefferson give you insights that will benefit your life's journey.

Famous quotes and sayings by Thomas Jefferson
1. “Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson

2. “Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

5. “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

6. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

9. “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
Famous quotes and sayings by Thomas Jefferson
10. “If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

11. “I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.” – Thomas Jefferson

12. “I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

14. “Do not bite at the bait of pleasure until you know there is no hook beneath it.” – Thomas Jefferson
Famous quotes and sayings by Thomas Jefferson
15. “Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

18. “He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” – Thomas Jefferson

19. “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” – Thomas Jefferson
Famous quotes and sayings by Thomas Jefferson
20. “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.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

24. “It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice.” – Thomas Jefferson
Famous quotes and sayings by Thomas Jefferson
25. “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

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

27. “Do not be too severe upon the errors of the people, but reclaim them by enlightening them.” – Thomas Jefferson

28. “Everything yields to diligence.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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31. “When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

33. “A little rebellion is good now and then.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

37. “It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

38. “A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.” – Thomas Jefferson

39. “Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson

40. “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

41. “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

43. “I find as I grow older, I love those most, whom I loved first.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

45. “The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavors of our lives.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

47. “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

48. “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

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

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

51. “I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.” – Thomas Jefferson

52. “The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.” – Thomas Jefferson

53. “It is while we are young that the habit of industry is formed. If not then, it never is afterward.” – Thomas Jefferson

54. “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

55. “The opinions and beliefs of men follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds.” – Thomas Jefferson

56. “One man with courage is a majority.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

64. “Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” – Thomas Jefferson

65. “Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

67. “We never repent of having eaten too little.” – Thomas Jefferson

68. “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” – Thomas Jefferson

69. “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

70. “When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself a public property.” – Thomas Jefferson

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