Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

American statesman

Lived from: 1743-1826

Category: Politics

Quotes: Thomas Jefferson

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    Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
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    I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
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    When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
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    A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
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    A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.
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    A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
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    A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
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    A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.
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    Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are then most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise. Protection from casual embarrassments, however, may sometimes be seasonably interposed.
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    Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
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    An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
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    Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
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    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.
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    But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
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    Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.
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