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

  • anger


I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

  • freedom


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

  • act


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

  • principle




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

  • motivational


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

  • work


Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.

  • books


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

  • motivational


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.

  • life


Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

  • Procrastination


The advertisements are the most truthful part of a newspaper.

  • News


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.

  • Gun


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

  • Pleasure


Victory and defeat are each of the same price.

  • Victory


When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

  • Government


I cannot live without books.

  • Reading


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

  • Luck


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

  • inspirational


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

  • Dreams


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

  • Family


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

  • Happiness


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

  • Health


Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold.

  • Pride


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

  • civilization


Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.

  • Innovation


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

  • patriotism


Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.

  • Banks


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

  • Principles


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

  • Truth


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

  • politics



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Thomas Jefferson quotes about liberty

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

  • fear


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

  • Liberty


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

  • Liberty


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

  • Liberty


The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

  • Liberty


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

  • Liberty


In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

  • age


Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

  • educate


It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.

  • Liberty


The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

  • blood


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

  • despotism


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

  • attending


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.

  • according


We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  • happiness


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Thomas Jefferson quotes about truth

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

  • Truth


For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead...

  • Truth


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.

  • knowledge


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

  • Truth


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

  • existing


Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.

  • branch


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

  • government


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

  • knowledge


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

  • believes


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

  • fear


The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.

  • armed


If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

  • become


Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

  • educate


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

  • government


For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.

  • armed


A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

  • against


I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.

  • control


If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?

  • body


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Thomas Jefferson quotes about mind

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

  • another


Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.

  • abhorrent


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

  • against


The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.

  • cause


A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

  • advise


All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

  • bear


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

  • knowledge


If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

  • american


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Thomas Jefferson quotes about principle

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

  • principle


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

  • Principles


Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.

  • despotism


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.

  • acted


Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.

  • civilized


In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

  • current


All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

  • bear


If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

  • american


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

  • politics


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


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

  • Government


Information is the currency of democracy.

  • Information




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

  • Power


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

  • Strength


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

  • fear


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

  • Brevity


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

  • CowardiceWeakness


Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

  • Honesty


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

  • Liberty


Traveling makes a man wiser, but less happy.

  • Travel


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.

  • fitness


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.

  • agnosticism


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.

  • DeceptionLying


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

  • Opinion


We rarely repent of having eaten too little.

  • Regret


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

  • Worry


The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.


That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.


I, however, place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.


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.


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

  • Anger


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

  • Control


Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.

  • Exercise


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

  • Government


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

  • Medicine


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

  • Politics


For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead...

  • Truth


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.

  • religion


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.

  • Attitude


Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

  • Caution


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

  • Community


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.

  • Greed


It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour.

  • Law


I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.

  • Military


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

  • News


It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness.

  • Work


The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.

  • armed


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.

  • motivational


The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

  • alive


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

  • hard


the giver of life, who gave it for happiness and not for wretchedness.


I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches.

  • Money


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

  • News


Tranquility is the old man's milk.

  • Serenity


Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

  • Tyranny


The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.

  • first


Never spend your money before you have earned it.

  • Economics


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

  • Government


That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.

  • Government


A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.

  • Happiness


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

  • Ignorance


I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

  • Justice


Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it as earned.

  • Labor


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

  • Liberty


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

  • Liberty


The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

  • Liberty


Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

  • Life


Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.

  • Morals


No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it.

  • Presidency


The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.

  • Thought


Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.

  • Trade


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

  • Tyranny


One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

  • arms


None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.

  • armed


Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

  • politics


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.

  • knowledge


One man with courage is a majority.

  • courage


Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

  • best


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

  • another


It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.

  • lives


I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

  • energetic


If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

  • become


No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.

  • comparable


Were we directed from Washington when to sow, & when to reap, we should soon want bread.


And lastly, let us provide in our constitution for its revision at stated periods.


But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all republicanswe are federalists.


My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.

  • Age


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

  • Aristocracy


The selfish spirit of commerce, which knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.

  • Business


I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.

  • Censorship


Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.

  • Conversation


Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

  • Despair


We seldom report of having eaten too little.

  • Food


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

  • Freedom


The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.

  • Government


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

  • Guilt


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

  • Liberty


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

  • Military


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

  • Peace


Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them.

  • Politics


Taste cannot be controlled by law.

  • Style


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

  • Truth


If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

  • War


The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.

  • dead


In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

  • age


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

  • able


An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

  • believes


Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

  • educate


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

  • government


The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

  • care


The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.

  • archimedes


Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.

  • abhorrent


We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.

  • armies


The main objects of all science, the freedom and happiness of man. are the sole objects of all legitimate government.


Peace, commerce, and honest friendship, with all nationsentangling alliances with none.


Were I to commence my administration again, the first question I would ask respecting a candidate would be, Does he use ardent spirits?


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


The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.


But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror.


We must train and classify the whole of our male citizens, and make military instruction a regular part of collegiate education.


It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others; or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.


An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

  • Argument


It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.

  • Character


The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.

  • Debt


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

  • Education


But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.

  • Friends


To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.

  • Friends


The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.

  • Government



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When Thomas Jefferson was born? Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743.

Who is Thomas Jefferson? Thomas Jefferson biography. 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. He was a lawyer, agronomist, musician, scientist, philosopher, author, architect, inventor, and statesman. Though he never set foot outside of the American continent before adulthood, he acquired an education that rivaled the finest to be attained in Europe. He was clearly the foremost American son of the Enlightenment.Jefferson was born at Shadwell in Albemarle county, Virginia on April 13, 1743. He was tutored by the Reverend James Maury, a learned man, in the finest classical tradition. He began the study of Latin, Greek, and French at the age of 9. He attended William and Mary College in Williamsburg at sixteen years old, then continued his education in the Law under George Wythe, the first professor of law in America (who later would sign Jefferson's Declaration in 1776). Thomas Jefferson attended the House of Burgesses as a student in 1765 when he witnessed Patrick Henry's defiant stand against the Stamp Act. He gained the Virginia bar and began practice in 1769, and was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1769. It was there that his involvement in revolutionary politics began. He was never a very vocal member, but his writing, his quiet work in committee, and his ability to distill large volumes of information to essence, made him an invaluable member in any deliberative body.In 1775 when a Virginia convention selected delegates to the Continental Congress, Jefferson was selected as an alternate. It was expected that Payton Randolph, (then Speaker of the Virginia House and president of the Continental Congress too,) would be recalled by the Royal Governor. This did happen and Jefferson went in his place. Thomas Jefferson had a theory about self governance and the rights of people who established habitat in new lands. Before attending the Congress in Philadelphia he codified these thoughts in an article called A Summary View of the Rights of British America. This paper he sent on ahead of him. He fell ill on the road and was delayed for several days. By the time he arrived, his paper had been published as a pamphlet and sent throughout the colonies and on to England where Edmund Burke, sympathetic to the colonial condition, had it reprinted and circulated widely. In 1776 Jefferson, then a member of the committee to draft a declaration of independence, was chosen by the committee to write the draft. This he did, with some minor corrections from James Madison and an embellishment from Franklin, the document was offered to the Congress on the first day of July. The congress modified it somewhat, abbreviating certain wording and removing points that were outside of general agreement. The Declaration was adopted on the Fourth of July.Jefferson returned to his home not long afterward. His wife and two of his children were very ill, he was tired of being remote from his home, and he was anxious about the development of a new government for his native state.In June of 1779 he succeeded Patrick Henry as Governor of Virginia. The nation was still at war, and the southern colonies were under heavy attack. Jefferson's Governorship was clouded with hesitation. He himself concluded that the state would be better served by a military man. He declined re-election after his first term and was succeeded by General Nelson of Yorktown.In 1781 he retired to Monticello, the estate he inherited, to write, work on improved agriculture, and attend his wife. It was during this time that he wrote Notes on the State of Virginia, a work that he never completed. Martha Jefferson died in September of 1782. This event threw Jefferson into a depression that, according to his eldest daughter he might never have recovere

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