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

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.


I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.


Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.


I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.


He who knows best knows how little he knows.


One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.


The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.


When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.


No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.


Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.


I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.


Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.


An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.


Be polite to all, but intimate with few.


The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.


To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.


Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.


Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.


We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.


I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.


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