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I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons IV. Never buy what you do not want ... because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
—  Thomas Jefferson
... the science of calculation also is indispensable as far as the extraction of the square and cube roots: Algebra as far as the quadratic equation and the use of logarithms are often of value in ordinary cases: but all beyond these is but a luxury; a delicious luxury indeed; but not to be in indulged in by one who is to have a profession to follow for his subsistence.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons VI. We never repent of having eaten too little.
—  Thomas Jefferson
To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language.
—  Thomas Jefferson
A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity.
—  Thomas Jefferson
If some period be not fixed, either by the Constitution or by practice, to the services of the First Magistrate, his office, though nominally elective, will, in fact, be for life, and that will soon degenerate into an inheritance.
—  Thomas Jefferson
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
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons I. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?
—  Thomas Jefferson
He who receives an idea from me receives instruction for himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office.
—  Thomas Jefferson
If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.
—  Thomas Jefferson
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
—  Thomas Jefferson
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons IX. Take things always by their smooth handle.
—  Thomas Jefferson
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.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
—  Thomas Jefferson
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
—  Thomas Jefferson
It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
—  Thomas Jefferson
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
—  Thomas Jefferson
History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Those who bear equally the burdens of government should equally participate in the benefits.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons VII. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
—  Thomas Jefferson
We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing. I now deny their power of making paper money or anything else a legal tender. I know that to pay all proper expenses within the year would, in case of war, be hard on us. But not so hard as ten wars instead of one. For wars could be reduced in that proportion; besides that the State governments would be free to lend their credit in borrowing quotas.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.
—  Thomas Jefferson
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.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons II. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
—  Thomas Jefferson
The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I know of no safe repository for the ultimate powers of 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 increase their discretion by education.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I never told my religion nor scrutinize that of another. I never attempted to make a convert nor wished to change another's creed. I have judged of others' religion by their lives, for it is from our lives and not from our words that our religion must be read. By the same test must the world judge me.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I have come to a resolution myself as I hope every good citizen will, never again to purchase any article of foreign manufacture which can be had of American make, be the difference of price what it may.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry, too.
—  Thomas Jefferson
The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in the newspaper.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?
—  Thomas Jefferson
There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons VIII. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
—  Thomas Jefferson
If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
—  Thomas Jefferson
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
—  Thomas Jefferson
It is as useless to argue with those who have renounced the use of reason as to administer medication to the dead.
—  Thomas Jefferson
No government can be maintained without the principle of fear as well as of duty. Good men will obey the last, but bad ones the former only.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.
—  Thomas Jefferson
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.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I tremble for my species when I reflect that God is just.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it is what I have steadfastly believed.
—  Thomas Jefferson
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
—  Thomas Jefferson
War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
—  Thomas Jefferson
When a man has cast his longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
—  Thomas Jefferson
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.
—  Thomas Jefferson
No instance exists of a person's writing two language perfectly. That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth.
—  Thomas Jefferson
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
—  Thomas Jefferson
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
—  Thomas Jefferson
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 blind-folded fear.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons V. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I hold it to be one of the distinguishing excellences of elective over hereditary successions that the talents which nature has provided in sufficient proportion, should be selected by the society for the govenment of their affairs, rather than that this should be be transmitted through the loins of knaves and fools passing from the debauches of the table to those of the bed.
—  Thomas Jefferson
When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, count a hundred.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons X. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
—  Thomas Jefferson
In every country where man is free to think and to speak, difference of opinion will arise from difference of perception, and the imperfection of reason; but these differences, when permitted, as in this happy country, to purify themselves by free discussion, are but as passing clouds overspreading our land transiently, and leaving our horizon more bright and serene.
—  Thomas Jefferson
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
—  Thomas Jefferson
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.
—  Thomas Jefferson
No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.
—  Thomas Jefferson
We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive fights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
—  Thomas Jefferson
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.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Planting is one of my great amusements, and even of those things which can only be for posterity, for a Septuagenary has no right to count on any thing but annuals.
—  Thomas Jefferson
I sincerely believe ... 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
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.
—  Thomas Jefferson
He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it a second and third time till at length it becomes habitual.
—  Thomas Jefferson
In matters of style swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
—  Thomas Jefferson
A little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
—  Thomas Jefferson
The only thing a man can take beyond this lifetime is his ethics.
—  Thomas Jefferson
My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons III. Never spend your money before you have it.
—  Thomas Jefferson

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