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Inspirational Quotes by President Thomas Jefferson

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Inspirational Quotes by President Thomas Jefferson

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations;
entangling alliances with none.
- Thomas Jefferson

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,
among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson [Declaration of Independence, and inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial]

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

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

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
- Thomas Jefferson

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

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

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing,
and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
- Thomas Jefferson

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions,
but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.
As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made,
new truths discovered and manners and opinions change,
with the change of circumstances,
institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.
- Thomas Jefferson [inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial]

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson [attributed]

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

Christian philosophy, the most sublime and benevolent,
but most perverted system that ever shone on man.
- Thomas Jefferson

Question with boldness even the existence of a god;
because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason,
than that of blindfolded fear.
- Thomas Jefferson [to his nephew Peter Carr in 1787]

Millions of innocent men, women and children,
since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned:
yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.
What has been the effect of coercion?
To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.
- Thomas Jefferson [from Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVII]

I have sworn upon the altar of god
eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
- Thomas Jefferson [inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial]

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
- Thomas Jefferson

I cannot live without books.
- Thomas Jefferson

I'm a great believer in luck
and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson



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