27 Incredible Thomas Jefferson Famous Quotes

27 Incredible Thomas Jefferson Famous Quotes

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Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father, the 3rd President of the United States of America, and most notable the author of the Declaration of Independence. He was also the man who sent Lewis and Clark on their mission. He died on July 4th, 1826.

“A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity, that ever were written.”

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

being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves.”

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

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

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

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

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths
without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.”

“History has informed us that bodies of men, as well as individuals, are susceptible of the spirit of tyranny.”

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

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

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”

“I may grow rich by 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 & abhor.”

“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.”

“Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.”

“No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands].”

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

“The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and 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. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

“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 endeavours of our lives.”

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be
exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.”

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

“To begin an affair of that kind now, and carry it on so long a time in form, is by no means a proper plan … whatever assurances I may give her in private of my esteem for her, or whatever
assurances I may ask in return from her, depend on it — they must be kept in private.”

“Truth will do well enough if left to shift for herself.”

“Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the
potatoe as an article of food.”

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth
the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which
impel them to the separation.”

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