Best quotes by the American President Thomas Jefferson

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

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



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

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

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

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
  • books

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

Victory and defeat are each of the same price.
  • Victory

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

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

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

I cannot live without books.
  • Reading

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

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

Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold.
  • Pride

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

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

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


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Thomas Jefferson liberty quotes

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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

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

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

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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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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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.
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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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Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
  • Banks

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

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

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

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

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

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
  • Caution

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
  • Life

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

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

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

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
  • 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

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

Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.
  • Law


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