Thomas Jefferson Quotes

[A] lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.

Thomas Jefferson

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

Thomas Jefferson

I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.

Thomas Jefferson

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.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

The earth is given as a common for men to labor and live in.

Thomas Jefferson

The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.

Thomas Jefferson

Traveling makes a man wiser, but less happy.

Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them

Thomas Jefferson

I... [proposed] three distinct grades of education, reaching all classes. 1. Elementary schools for all children generally, rich and poor. 2. Colleges for a middle degree of instruction, calculated for the common purposes of life and such as should be desirable for all who were in easy circumstances. And 3d. an ultimate grade for teaching the sciences generally and in their highest degree... The expenses of [the elementary] schools should be borne by the inhabitants of the county, every one in proportion to his general tax-rate. This would throw on wealth the education of the poor

Thomas Jefferson

Wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health.

Thomas Jefferson

I rejoice as a moralist at the prospect of a reduction of the duties on wine by our national legislature.... Its extended use will carry health and comfort to a much enlarged circle.

Thomas Jefferson

I have lived temperately....I double the doctor's recommendation of a glass and a half of wine each day and even treble it with a friend.

Thomas Jefferson

We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.

Thomas Jefferson

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