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

No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.


Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other.


Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.


Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.


I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.


I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.


I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.


I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.


I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.


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


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


I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.


Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.


When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.


The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.


Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.


As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.


Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.


Never spend your money before you have earned it.


Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.


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