Quotes by Thomas Jefferson (President/American).

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There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
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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
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It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
• Thomas Jefferson
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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
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It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
• Thomas Jefferson
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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
• Thomas Jefferson
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Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
• Thomas Jefferson
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War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
• Thomas Jefferson
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No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.
• Thomas Jefferson
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Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.
• Thomas Jefferson
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History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
• Thomas Jefferson
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To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
• Thomas Jefferson
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It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
• Thomas Jefferson
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The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
• Thomas Jefferson
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I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
• Thomas Jefferson
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How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.
• Thomas Jefferson
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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
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One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
• Thomas Jefferson
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It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
• Thomas Jefferson
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Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
• Thomas Jefferson
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He who knows best knows how little he knows.
• Thomas Jefferson
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Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
• Thomas Jefferson
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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
• Thomas Jefferson
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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
• Thomas Jefferson
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Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
• Thomas Jefferson

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