Thomas Jefferson quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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The 3rd president of the United States is an another politician that you could potentially believe in. He was a founding father and writer of the Declaration of Independence. Being one of his greatest achievements, he did not like it being rewritten about his comments on the slave trade and his harsh words against British rule. Even though he did a lot of good during the American Revolution he was also a hypocrite. He owned slaves, and apparently had an affair with a slave and also Abraham Lincoln was not the biggest fan of him.

  • “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “I cannot live without books.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “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.” Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson
  • “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “He who knows best knows how little he knows.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “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
  • “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Taste cannot be controlled by law.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Power is not alluring to pure minds.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “A little rebellion is good now and then.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry…” Thomas Jefferson, The Statute Of Virginia For Religious Freedom
  • “I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” Thomas Jefferson
  • “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson

There is evidence that Jefferson was addicted to learning. Some other facts about him include doubling the size of America while it was still ruled by other countries. Popularized ice cream in the U.S. He invented many small practical items. He grew over 300 different kinds of crops, flowers and other sprouts.

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