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Thomas Jefferson quotes

Never spend your money before you have earned it.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

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.

Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

Delay is preferable to error.

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

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

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.

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.

The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.

If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.