Thomas Jefferson Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Thomas Jefferson quotes and Thomas Jefferson sayings, and Thomas Jefferson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

"Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life."

"Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free."

"Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity."

"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty."

"Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness."

"Every generation needs a new revolution."

"Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself."

"Information is the currency of democracy."

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."

"The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time."

"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."

"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."

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

"The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family."

"My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me."

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

"The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors."

"Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other."

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."

"Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%."

"An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes."

"As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also."

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

"To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language."

"The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead."

"If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done."

"The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best."

"We never repent of having eaten too little."

"Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health."

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