Author: Thomas Jefferson - American - President

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Against Bill Entitled Every Government Inference Just Refuse Rest Rights Should] [Thomas Jefferson]

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Coward Exposed Man More Much Quarrels Spirit Than] [Thomas Jefferson]

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Advise Ball Body Boldness Character Companion Constant Enterprise Exercise Exercises Games Gives Gun Independence Makes Mind Moderate Nature Others Played Species Stamp Strong Therefore Too Violent Walks While Your] [Thomas Jefferson]

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Bread Earned Free Frugal Good Government Improvement Industry Labor Leave Men Mouth Own Pursuits Regulate Shall Sum Take Their Which Wise] [Thomas Jefferson]

A wise and frugal Government, which shall retrain 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
[ Another Bread Earned Free Frugal Government Improvement Industry Injuring Labor Leave Men Mouth Otherwise Own Pursuits Regulate Shall Take Their Them Which Wise] [Thomas Jefferson]

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Advertisements Contain Newspaper Only Relied Truths] [Thomas Jefferson]

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Conscience Foothold Gain Good Needs Remain Silent Tyranny] [Thomas Jefferson]

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Bear Cases Equal Law Majority Mind Minority Must Oppression Possess Prevail Principle Protect Reasonable Rightful Rights Sacred Their Though Too Violate Which Will Would] [Thomas Jefferson]

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Always Handle Hold Smooth Take Things] [Thomas Jefferson]

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Another Association Confederacy Down Existed Greatest Meeting Men Nations Never Quarrel Thing Town Which Will Yet] [Thomas Jefferson]

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Believes Enemy Generally Says Wishes] [Thomas Jefferson]

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Bitterest Foes Friend Injured] [Thomas Jefferson]

As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Also Enemies Fight Found Men Now Our Reason Show Them Us] [Thomas Jefferson]

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Few Intimate Polite] [Thomas Jefferson]

Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Abhorrent Bodily Body Decay Gloomy Human Mind Most Prospect Without] [Thomas Jefferson]

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Article Book Books Capital Case Constitute Consumption Fairly House Hundreds Lasts Library Life Long Men Mere Often Only Out Professional Setting Their Then Years] [Thomas Jefferson]

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Arrangement Benevolent Friendship Greater Life Only Part Precious Shade Sunshine Thanks] [Thomas Jefferson]

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Alliance Commerce Motto Nations None Our Should] [Thomas Jefferson]

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Conquest Government Inconsistent Our Principles] [Thomas Jefferson]

Delay is preferable to error.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Delay Error Preferable] [Thomas Jefferson]

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Ambition Begets Dependence Designs Fit Germ Prepares Subservience Tools Virtue] [Thomas Jefferson]

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Always Any Complain Determine Doing Done How Idle Loses May Much Never Occasion Person Time Want Will Wonderful] [Thomas Jefferson]

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Advantageous Censor Difference Each Office Opinion Other Over Perform Religion Sects Several] [Thomas Jefferson]

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Bait Beneath Bite Hook Know Pleasure Till] [Thomas Jefferson]

Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Act Action Ask Define Know Want Will] [Thomas Jefferson]

Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Done Going Talk] [Thomas Jefferson]

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Educate Inform Liberty Mass Only Our Preservation Reliance Sure Whole] [Thomas Jefferson]

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Body Dawn Day Enlighten Evil Generally Mind Oppressions Spirits Tyranny Vanish Will] [Thomas Jefferson]

Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Combat Errors Free Left May Opinion Reason Tolerated Where] [Thomas Jefferson]

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Case Citizen Every Free Greeks Must Romans Should Soldier State] [Thomas Jefferson]

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Alone Degenerates Every Government Only Rulers Safe Themselves Trusted] [Thomas Jefferson]

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.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Animal Apply Demands Devours Experience General His Kind Man Milder Only Own Poor Prey Rich Term Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Best Entrusted Even Experience Forms Government Hath Into Operations Perverted Power Slow Those Time Tyranny Under] [Thomas Jefferson]

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal 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.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Approve Because Blindfolded Boldness Call Even Every Existence Fact Fear Firmly Fix God Her Homage More Must Opinion Question Reason Seat Than Tribunal] [Thomas Jefferson]

For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Armed Best Free Mean Militia Remain Security Their] [Thomas Jefferson]

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Despotism Force Immediate Parent Principle Vital] [Thomas Jefferson]

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?-Thomas Jefferson
[ Alliance Another Enter Follies Friendship Into Miseries Misfortunes Name Others Our Own Share Sufficient Then Those Volunteers Why] [Thomas Jefferson]

Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Being Body Happiness Mind Pained Troubled] [Thomas Jefferson]

He who knows best knows how little he knows.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Best How Knows Little] [Thomas Jefferson]

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Closer Errors Falsehoods Filled Knows Mind Nothing Than Truth Whose] [Thomas Jefferson]

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Bad General Government History Informs Only Us] [Thomas Jefferson]

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Book Chapter First Honesty Wisdom] [Thomas Jefferson]

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Cost Evils Happened How Much Never Pain Us Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Abhor Greatest Mankind Scourge View War] [Thomas Jefferson]

I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Am Consider Containing Doctrines Everything Genuine Greek Imputed Leave Moral Philosophy Rational Roman Us Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Am America Become Book Criminal Inquiry Mortified Sale States Subject Told Too United] [Thomas Jefferson]

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Armies Banking Believe Dangerous Institutions Liberties More Our Standing Than] [Thomas Jefferson]

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Another Believe Doing Every Feels Good Human Mind Pleasure] [Thomas Jefferson]

I cannot live without books.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Books Cannot Live Without] [Thomas Jefferson]

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Feel Happier Infinitely Month Myself Newspaper Nor Read Single Take] [Thomas Jefferson]

I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Bad Find Good Happiest Least Says Whom World] [Thomas Jefferson]

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Ambition Govern Men Office Painful Thankless] [Thomas Jefferson]

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Experiment Fear Govern Master May Men Our Result Themselves Trusted Will Without] [Thomas Jefferson]

I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Another Enough Never See Seen War Wish] [Thomas Jefferson]

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Against Altar Eternal Every Form God Hostility Man Mind Over Sworn Tyranny Upon] [Thomas Jefferson]

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Greater Grow Hope Less Our Power Teach Us Use Will Wisdom] [Thomas Jefferson]

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Already Aristocracy Bid Birth Challenge Corporations Country Crush Dare Defiance Government Hope Laws Our Shall Strength Trial Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

I know of 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.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Control Depository Discretion Enlightened Enough Exercise Inform Know Powers Remedy Safe Society Take Their Them Themselves Think Ultimate Wholesome] [Thomas Jefferson]

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Better Dreams Future History Past Than] [Thomas Jefferson]

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Cause Considered Difference Friend Never Opinion Philosophy Politics Religion Withdrawing] [Thomas Jefferson]

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Act Admit Any Bow Inquiry Into Intolerance Never Opinions Others Religious Right Will Word] [Thomas Jefferson]

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Always Am Energetic Friend Government Oppressive Own Very] [Thomas Jefferson]

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
[ Americans Care Future Government Happiness Labors Predict Pretense Prevent Taking Them Under Wasting] [Thomas Jefferson]

I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.-Thomas Jefferson
[ General Necessary Romans Should Soldier Think Today Tomorrow] [Thomas Jefferson]

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Cannot Country Forever God His Just Justice Reflect Sleep Tremble] [Thomas Jefferson]

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Authority Bold Every Fearing Follow Knowledge Led Never Pursuit Reason Results Stood Their Truth Way Whatever Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Attending Degree Exposed Inconveniences Liberty Much Rather Small Than Those Too Would] [Thomas Jefferson]

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
[ Civilization Expects Free Ignorant Nation Never State Will] [Thomas Jefferson]

If God is just, I tremble for my country.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Country God Just Tremble] [Thomas Jefferson]

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?-Thomas Jefferson
[ Body Congress Errs Everything Fifty Hour How Hundred Lawyers Much Nothing Otherwise Present Question Send Talk Talking Too Trade Which Whose Yield] [Thomas Jefferson]

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.-Thomas Jefferson
[ American Conquest Deeply Every Mind More Nothing Principle Rooted Should] [Thomas Jefferson]

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Believes Error Ignorance Less Nothing Preferable Remote Than Truth Wrong] [Thomas Jefferson]

In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Actual Also Arms Cease Defense Hostilities Our Part Persons Properties Removed Shall Took Under Up Violation Violence] [Thomas Jefferson]

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Age Been Country Every Had Hostile Liberty Priest] [Thomas Jefferson]

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Current Matters Principle Rock Stand Style Swim] [Thomas Jefferson]

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.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Artificial Covers Ends Equivalent Good Habitual Humor Natural Nearly Politeness Real Rendering Substitute Truth Virtue Want] [Thomas Jefferson]

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.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Become Behooves Case Change Circumstances Conscience Every Himself His Invasions Liberty Man May Others Own Resist Their Values] [Thomas Jefferson]

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Does God Gods Injury Neighbor Say Twenty] [Thomas Jefferson]

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Always Believe Better False Ideas Nothing Ones Than Wrong] [Thomas Jefferson]

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Alone Error Government Itself Needs Stand Support Truth Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Lives Must Our Read Religion Words] [Thomas Jefferson]

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Acted Debts Every Generation Goes Incumbent One-Half Own Pay Principle Save Wars Which World Would] [Thomas Jefferson]

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Dangerous Escape Even Forms Guilty Law More Person Punished Should Than Without] [Thomas Jefferson]

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Give Happiness Neither Nor Occupation Splendor Tranquility Wealth Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Actually Avoid Brought Defend Duty Endeavor Extinguish Fire Fired House Inquiring Matter Must Our Ourselves Place Shall Still Take Try War Whether Whom Within Without] [Thomas Jefferson]

It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Even Good Men Own Persuade Takes Their Time] [Thomas Jefferson]

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Afternoon Because Exercise Health Learning Leave More Necessary Rather Reading Recreation Say Than Which Will Worth] [Thomas Jefferson]

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Authority Existing Leave Responsible] [Thomas Jefferson]

Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Abolishing Accustomed Disposed Evils Forms Mankind More Right Suffer Than Themselves Which While] [Thomas Jefferson]

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Attachment Constitute Country Does Draw Gains Merchants Mere Spot Stand Strong Their Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Civilized Commerce Money Morality Nations Principle] [Thomas Jefferson]

My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Dread Fear Live Long May Only Subject Too Would] [Thomas Jefferson]

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Bad Convinces Government History Most Much Reading Results Too] [Thomas Jefferson]

My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Always Been Cheap Despair Dream Gloom Hope Pleasanter Than Theory] [Thomas Jefferson]

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Never Off Put Till Today Tomorrow] [Thomas Jefferson]

Never spend your money before you have earned it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Before Earned Money Never Spend Your] [Thomas Jefferson]

No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Duty Executive Had Man Perform Place Put Right Trying] [Thomas Jefferson]

No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Arms Debarred Freeman Shall Use] [Thomas Jefferson]

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Censors Ever Free Government Ought Press Where Will Without] [Thomas Jefferson]

No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Carried Carry Ever Him Into Man Out Presidency Reputation Which Will] [Thomas Jefferson]

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Comparable Culture Delightful Earth Garden Occupation] [Thomas Jefferson]

None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Armed Army Disciplined Dispense Important Keep Nation None Ours Standing Therefore Times] [Thomas Jefferson]

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Achieving Attitude Earth Goal Help His Man Mental Nothing Right Stop Wrong] [Thomas Jefferson]

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Advantage Always Another Circumstances Cool Gives Much Nothing Over Person Remain Under] [Thomas Jefferson]

Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Inherent Man Nothing Rights Unalienable Unchangeable] [Thomas Jefferson]

One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Arms Hope Loves Never Occasion Possess Them Though] [Thomas Jefferson]

One man with courage is a majority.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Courage Majority Man] [Thomas Jefferson]

One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Alone Because More Reflects Travels Usefully] [Thomas Jefferson]

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Aim Credit Duty Fail Give Mankind Only Where Will Your] [Thomas Jefferson]

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Consequence Consolidation Corruption Country Course Destruction First Necessary Now Our Pass Power Road Show Steady Taking Then Will Wit] [Thomas Jefferson]

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Always Chance Condition Conscience Depend Does Freedom Good Greatest Happiness Health Just Life Occupation Our Placed Pursuits Result Us Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Abstinence America Continue European Objects Order Our Peace Present Remain Things Uninterrupted While Will] [Thomas Jefferson]

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Friendship Mankind May Our Peace Permitted Policy Pursue Wisest Wish] [Thomas Jefferson]

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Alliances Commerce Friendship Honest Nations None Peace] [Thomas Jefferson]

Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Advise Everyone Love Mix Politics Such Torment] [Thomas Jefferson]

Power is not alluring to pure minds.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Alluring Minds Power Pure] [Thomas Jefferson]

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 blind-folded fear.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Approve Because Boldness Even Existence Fear God Homage More Must Question Reason Than] [Thomas Jefferson]

Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Against Had Only Reason Resort Ridicule Us] [Thomas Jefferson]

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.-Thomas Jefferson
[ According Action Add Always Around Because Drawn Equal Individual Law Liberty Limits Often Others Our Rightful Rights Tyrant Us Violates Will Within] [Thomas Jefferson]

So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Always Am Cannot Confident Done Either Government Intentions Ought Satisfied Shall Well Wisdom] [Thomas Jefferson]

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Angels Answer Cannot Form Found Govern Government Him Himself History Kings Man Others Question Said Sometimes Then Trusted] [Thomas Jefferson]

Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Die Hour Measured Speeches Will] [Thomas Jefferson]

Taste cannot be controlled by law.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Cannot Controlled Law Taste] [Thomas Jefferson]

That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Every Feels Government Himself Man Part Strongest Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Advertisement Most Newspaper Part Truthful] [Thomas Jefferson]

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Boisterous Liberty Never Sea Wave Without] [Thomas Jefferson]

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Care Destruction First Good Government Happiness Human Life Object Only Their] [Thomas Jefferson]

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
[ Armed Assert Constitutions Duty Inherent Most Our Power Right States Their Times] [Thomas Jefferson]

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.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Creator Expense First Forehead Generals Good Great Learn Losses Make Mark Proper Seek Stuff Them Then Therefore Those Thought Trade] [Thomas Jefferson]

The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Belongs Dead Earth Living] [Thomas Jefferson]

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Glow Money More Than Thought Warm Worth] [Thomas Jefferson]

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Gave God Liberty Life Same Time Us] [Thomas Jefferson]

The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Archimedes Fulcrum Given Good Lever Mankind Moves Opinion World] [Thomas Jefferson]

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Better Educated Man Newspapers Nothing Reads Than] [Thomas Jefferson]

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Every Favor Forms His Imagination Moment Object Only Person Sees Theory Traits Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Losses Most Pays Seldom Successful War] [Thomas Jefferson]

The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Cause Certainly Credulity Human Mind Natural Skepticism] [Thomas Jefferson]

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Gain Government Ground Liberty Natural Progress Things Yield] [Thomas Jefferson]

The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Eternally Form Government Mankind Only Open Republican Rights Secret War Which] [Thomas Jefferson]

The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Easy First Government Honorable Misery Office Second Splendid] [Thomas Jefferson]

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Alive Always Certain Government Kept Occasions Resistance Spirit Valuable Wish] [Thomas Jefferson]

The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Adverse Country Force Large Military Spirit Totally] [Thomas Jefferson]

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Blood Liberty Must Patriots Refreshed Time Tree Tyrants] [Thomas Jefferson]

The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Disputes Notice Religious Silence Take Them Way] [Thomas Jefferson]

The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Between Boisterous Children Commerce Degrading Despotism Exercise Imitate Learn Master Most Other Our Part Passions Perpetual See Slave Submissions Unremitting Whole] [Thomas Jefferson]

The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Been Error Gained Humanity Indebted Oppression Over Reason Triumphs Which World] [Thomas Jefferson]

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Among Aristocracy Grounds Men Natural Talents Virtue] [Thomas Jefferson]

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Grass Shoots Uninteresting] [Thomas Jefferson]

There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Existing Fear Truth Unknown Which Whole Wish World Would] [Thomas Jefferson]

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Calm Despotism Liberty Men Prefer Sea Timid] [Thomas Jefferson]

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Abhors Compel Funds Furnish Ideas Man Propagation Sinful Tyrannical] [Thomas Jefferson]

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Clouds Darkness Dissipate Education General Mind Must Penetrate Strengthened These] [Thomas Jefferson]

Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Branch Certainly Important Morality Society Truth Very] [Thomas Jefferson]

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Best Exercise Fast Possible Very Walk Walking Yourself] [Thomas Jefferson]

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Entirely Inefficient Instead Instrument Losses Multiplies Toward War Wrong] [Thomas Jefferson]

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Despotism Expect Liberty Translated] [Thomas Jefferson]

We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Armies Conquest Did Glory Raise] [Thomas Jefferson]

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Among Certain Created Creator Endowed Equal Happiness Hold Liberty Life Men Pursuit Rights Self-Evident Their These Truths Unalienable] [Thomas Jefferson]

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.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Another Bind Consider Country Distinct Each Generation Inhabitants Majority May More Nation None Right Succeeding Than Themselves Will] [Thomas Jefferson]

We never repent of having eaten too little.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Eaten Having Little Never Repent Too] [Thomas Jefferson]

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Decide Government Hesitate Latter Left Moment Newspapers Prefer Should Were Whether Without] [Thomas Jefferson]

When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Assumes Consider Himself Man Property Public Should Trust] [Thomas Jefferson]

When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Angry Before Count Hundred Speak Ten Very] [Thomas Jefferson]

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Another Become Cities Corrupt Europe Get Large Piled Shall Upon] [Thomas Jefferson]

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.-Thomas Jefferson
[ End Hang Knot Reach Rope Tie Your] [Thomas Jefferson]

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Begins Cast Conduct Eye His Longing Man Offices Whenever] [Thomas Jefferson]

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Government Own Their Trusted Well-Informed Whenever] [Thomas Jefferson]

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Act Thing Watching Were Whenever World] [Thomas Jefferson]

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Able Every Free Man Press Read Safe Where] [Thomas Jefferson]

Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.-Thomas Jefferson
[ Bears Beauty Fellows Her Jealous Know Presence Rival Seeks She Social Wisdom] [Thomas Jefferson]