20 Famous Thomas Jefferson Quotes


Get to know a great founding father with these Thomas Jefferson quotes. The third President of the United States is credited for helping write the Declaration of Independence and founding the University of Virginia. Read the following Thomas Jefferson quotes to acquaint yourself with the man behind the legend.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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