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Thomas Jefferson quotes

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.

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.

Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.

Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.

Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.

There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.

Power is not alluring to pure minds.

The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.

Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

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

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.