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

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.


That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.


It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.


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


The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.


When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.


Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.


We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.


Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.


If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?


Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.


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


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


The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.


Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.


All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.


There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.


I cannot live without books.


Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.


Power is not alluring to pure minds.


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