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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 4 July 1826) was the third president of the United States (18011809), author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), a political philosopher, and one of the most influential founders of the United States.
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No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.

Thomas Jefferson

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.

Thomas Jefferson

I find as I grow older that I love those most whom I loved first.

Thomas Jefferson

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.

Thomas Jefferson

Health is worth more than learning.

Thomas Jefferson

The greatest honor of a man is in doing good to his fellow men, not in destroying them.

Thomas Jefferson

Travelling makes a man wiser, but less happy.

Thomas Jefferson

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Thomas Jefferson

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

Thomas Jefferson

My views and feelings are in favor of the abolition of war--and I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair.

Thomas Jefferson

The only orthodox object of the institution of government is to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible to the general mass of those associated under it.

Thomas Jefferson

Yet the hour of emancipation is advancing . . . this enterprise is for the young; for those who can follow it up, and bear it through to it's consummation. it shall have all my prayers, and these are the only weapons of an old man.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

The Price Of Freedom Is Eternal Vigilance.

Thomas Jefferson

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Thomas Jefferson

Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson

Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded faith.

Thomas Jefferson

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

Thomas Jefferson

Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson
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