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Thomas Jefferson Quotes

(1743-1826), Third President of the USA

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

Category: Liberty

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.

Category: Liberty

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

Category: Liberty

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.

Category: Lies And Lying

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

Category: Life And Living

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Category: Luck

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

Category: Luck

In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.

Category: Manners

What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Category: Martyrdom

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

Category: Medicine

I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches.

Category: Money

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.

Category: Morality

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

Category: Newspapers

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.

Category: Newspapers

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely happier for it.

Category: Newspapers