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Thomas Jefferson
April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826
Nationality: American
Category: President
Subcategory: American President

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


Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.


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


A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.


The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.


I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.


I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.


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.


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.


Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.


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.


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


Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.


We never repent of having eaten too little.


Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.


It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.


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.


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


The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.


Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.


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