Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson was one of America's most important Founding Fathers, a Revolutionary War hero, and the 3rd President of the United States. Born in 1743 in Virginia, Jefferson was a polymath who studied architecture, natural history, archaeology, and law. He served as the second vice-president under John Adams, and the third president, from 1801 to 1809. In addition to his political achievements, Jefferson was a leading author and philosopher who wrote many of America's key texts. The capital city of the state of Missouri, Jefferson City is named after him.

The quotes below by Thomas Jefferson will give you an insight into the mind and thoughts of one of history's greatest thinkers.


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Check out these 15 Amazing Quotes By Thomas Jefferson

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

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

3. Never spend your money before you have earned it.

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

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

6. Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

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

8. 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.

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

10. 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.

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

12. One man with courage is a majority.

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

14. I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

15. Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.