Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.  A proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights motivating American colonists to break from Great Britain and form a new nation, he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level. 

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

I cannot live without books.

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.

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

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

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

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.

The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

One travels more usefully when alone because he reflects more.

History in general only informs us of what bad government is.

When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.

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

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.

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.

Whenever the people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

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