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Thomas Jefferson Quotes

(1743-1826), Third President of the USA

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.

Category: Freedom

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?

Category: Friends And Friendship

To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.

Category: Friends And Friendship

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.

Category: Gardening And Gardens

The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.

Category: Generals

I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.

Category: Generals

We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.

Category: Generations

I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office

Category: Government

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.

Category: Government

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.

Category: Government

That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.

Category: Government

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Category: Government

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.

Category: Greed

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Category: Guilt