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Thomas Jefferson quotes

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.

I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.

I cannot live without books.

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.

Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.

No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

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