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Thomas Jefferson quotes

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

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.

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.

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

One man with courage is a majority.

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

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

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

When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.