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49 Thomas Jefferson Quotes About Revolution, Freedom, and Education

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1.) Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

2.) Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

3.) The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

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

 

5.) A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

6.) I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

7.) Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

 

8.) Never spend your money before you have earned it. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

Thomas Jefferson Quotes About Revolution

 

9.) The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

10.) The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

11.) When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

12.) I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

13.) For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

14.) To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

15.) “I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson 

16.) “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

17.) “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

18.) “I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

19.) “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

Thomas Jefferson Quotes About Freedom

 

20.) “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

21.) “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

22.) “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

23.) “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

24.) “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

25.) “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves ; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

26.) “When we see religion split into so many thousand of sects, and I may say Christianity itself divided into its thousands also, who are disputing, anathematizing and where the laws permit burning and torturing one another for abstractions which no one of them understand, and which are indeed beyond the comprehension of the human mind, into which of the chambers of this Bedlam would a man wish to thrust himself. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

 Thomas Jefferson Quotes About Education

 

27.) “Some are whigs, liberals, democrats, call them what you please. Others are tories, serviles, aristocrats, &c. The latter fear the people, and wish to transfer all power to the higher classes of society; the former consider the people as the safest depository of power in the last resort; they cherish them therefore, and wish to leave in them all the powers to the exercise of which they are competent.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

28.) “As you say of yourself, I too am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece and Rome have left us. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

29.) “All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”
The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

30.) “It is an axiom in my mind, that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that too of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This it is the business of the State to effect, and on a general plan.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

31.) “The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.” – Thomas Jefferson 

32.) “Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

33.) “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

34.) “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” – Thomas Jefferson 

 

35.) A republican government is slow to move, yet once in motion it’s momentum becomes irresistible. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

36.) Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

37.) Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

 

38.) I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

39.) Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the general progress of the human mind. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

40.) It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

41.) Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

42.) No instance exists of a person’s writing two languages perfectly. That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

43.) Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

44.) The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

45.) The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

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

 

47.) Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

48.) We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

49.) Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. – Thomas Jefferson