Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Victory and defeat are each of the same price.

Thomas Jefferson

Every generation needs a new revolution.

Thomas Jefferson

Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated

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

Good wine is a necessity of life for me.

Thomas Jefferson

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

Thomas Jefferson

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

Thomas Jefferson

If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truth, prevail over fanaticism

Thomas Jefferson

The execution of the laws is more important than the making them

Thomas Jefferson

The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.

Thomas Jefferson

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