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Thomas Jefferson Quotes (1743 - 1826)
  1. The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
  2. I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
  3. I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
  4. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
  5. I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
  6. Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works. And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
  7. The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.
  8. I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
  9. Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
  10. Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.
  11. Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.
  12. Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
  13. Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.
  14. Never spend your money before you have it.
  15. 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.
  16. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
  17. We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.
  18. An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
  19. I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.
  20. I read no newspaper now but Ritchie's, and in that chiefly the advertisements, for they contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
  21. Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.
  22. Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched.
  23. Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.
  24. Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.
  25. Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
  26. Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
  27. It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.
  28. I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.