20 Famous Thomas Jefferson Quotes


If you want to be inspired by a man with vast and unbelievable achievements in just one lifetime, then read these Thomas Jefferson quotes.

Born in April 13, 1743 and died in July 4, 1826, Thomas Jefferson is one of the great founding fathers and the third President of the United States. Some highlights in his lifetime are Jefferson writing the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in 17 days, creating the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom that declared freedom of religion as a “natural right”, and laying the groundwork for the implementation of free public education.

As President, he also purchased more than 800,000 square miles of Louisiana Territory from France, which doubled the size of the US. Book-lovers will also love Jefferson as he is credited for founding the Library of Congress.

And this is just scratching the surface as Jefferson has had even more successes that these which we’ve listed. Our trivial favorite may just be popularizing mac and cheese in the US. Yum!

Read the following Thomas Jefferson quotes to acquaint yourself with the man behind the legend.

“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.”

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”

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“I cannot live without books.”

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“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

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“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

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“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

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

“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.”

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“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.”

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

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“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

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

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“It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.”

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“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.”

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

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“Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.”

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“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”

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“Never spend your money before you have earned it.”

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“Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.”

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“He who knows best knows how little he knows.”

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“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

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“I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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