Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Who is Thomas Jefferson?

Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.

Born April 13, 1743
Died July 04, 1826

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Best 56 Quotes by Thomas Jefferson | Page 1 of 2

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

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

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

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

“Delay is preferable to error.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Every generation needs a new revolution.”

“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.”

“Half a loaf is better than no bread.”

“He who knows best knows how little he knows.”

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

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

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“No society can surely be flourishing and happy of which by far the greater part of the numbers are poor and miserable.”


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“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”

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

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

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

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

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

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

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

“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 neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.”

“Never spend your money before you have it.”

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

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

“Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.”

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“Bodies are real entities. Surfaces and lines are but fictitious entities. A surface without depth, a line without thickness, was never seen by any man; no; nor can any conception be seriously formed of its existence.”

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