When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

Thomas Jefferson on anger
250

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

Thomas Jefferson on motivational
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I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

Thomas Jefferson on freedom
183

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

Thomas Jefferson on luck
181

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.

Thomas Jefferson on act
178

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

Thomas Jefferson on principle
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The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

Thomas Jefferson on motivational
166

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson on books
124

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 on life
105

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Thomas Jefferson on procrastination
61

The advertisements are the most truthful part of a newspaper.

Thomas Jefferson on advertisement
33

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

Thomas Jefferson on gun
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In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

About Thomas Jefferson

Name Thomas Jefferson
Quotes 309 quotations
Nationality American
Profession President
Birthday April 13, 1743
About More than a mere renaissance man, Jefferson may actually have been a new kind of man. He was fluent in five languages and able to read two others. He wrote, over the course of his life, over sixteen thousand letters. He was acquainted with nearly every influential person in America, and a great many in Europe as well.
Top topics people, liberty, life, happiness, mind

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

Thomas Jefferson on pleasure
28

Victory and defeat are each of the same price.

Thomas Jefferson on victory
27

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;

when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

Thomas Jefferson on government
24

I cannot live without books.

Thomas Jefferson on reading
21

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

Thomas Jefferson on family
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I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

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

Thomas Jefferson on dreams
18

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.

Thomas Jefferson on politics
18

Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold.

Thomas Jefferson on pride
15

The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies.

Thomas Jefferson on truth
15

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

Thomas Jefferson on government
15

In matters of principals, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.

Thomas Jefferson on principles
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The government will one day be corrput and filled with liars and the people will flock to the one who tells the truth.

Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.

Thomas Jefferson on patriotism
14

Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.

Thomas Jefferson on happiness
14

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 on civilization
13

We in America do not have government by the majority.

We have government by the majority who participate.

Thomas Jefferson on politics
13

The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.

Thomas Jefferson on health
13

Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.

Thomas Jefferson on innovation
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It is neither wealth nor splendour but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson on government
11

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.

Thomas Jefferson on banks
11

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

Thomas Jefferson on brevity
10

Information is the currency of democracy.

Thomas Jefferson on information
10

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god.

It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

Thomas Jefferson on religion
9

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

Thomas Jefferson on strength
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When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

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

Thomas Jefferson on cowardiceweakness
9

And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.

Thomas Jefferson on preserve
9

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

When the government fears the people, there is liberty.

Thomas Jefferson on fear
9

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

Thomas Jefferson on control
8

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 on fitness
8

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

Thomas Jefferson on liberty
8

Question with boldness even the existence of God;

because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

Thomas Jefferson on religion
8

Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

Thomas Jefferson on opinion
8

Traveling makes a man wiser, but less happy.

Thomas Jefferson on travel
8

A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

Thomas Jefferson on medicine
8

We rarely repent of having eaten too little.

Thomas Jefferson on regret
8

How much pain worries have cost us that have never happened?

Thomas Jefferson on worry
8

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.

Thomas Jefferson on deceptionlying
7

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.

Thomas Jefferson on government
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