We have collected Thomas Jefferson quotes to celebrate his birthday and inspire people around the world.
1. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
2. When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
3. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
4. Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
5. Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
6. Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
7. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
8. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
9. A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
10. I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
11. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
12. I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
13. Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
14. But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
15. History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.
16. I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
17. We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
18. Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.
19. I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.
20. If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.