Thomas Jefferson Quotes

For if one link in nature's chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish piecemeal.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens.

Thomas Jefferson

All authority belongs to the people

Thomas Jefferson

For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.

Thomas Jefferson

Experience (has) long taught me the reasonableness of mutual sacrifices of opinion among those who are to act together for any common object, and the expediency of doing what good we can when we cannot do all we would wish.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery.

Thomas Jefferson

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.

Thomas Jefferson

Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.

Thomas Jefferson

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.

Thomas Jefferson

Every generation needs a new revolution.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

If Americans ever allow banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless.

Thomas Jefferson

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

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