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Thomas Jefferson Quotes


Remembered as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He went on to become the 3rd President of the United States.
(1743 - 1826)

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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]
 

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
 

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
 

A little rebellion now and then...is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
 

A mind always employed is always happy.  This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
 

A republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible.
[Republic]
 

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men 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.
[Government]
 

Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
[Advertising]
 

All authority belongs to the people.
[Authority]
 

All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
[Revolution]
 

All men are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
 

All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.
 

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
[Tyranny]
 

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.
[Mind]
 

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
[Always]
 

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.
 

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
 

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
 

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
 

As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
 


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