Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (April 13 [O.S. April 2] 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). He was elected the second Vice President of the United States (1797–1801), serving under John Adams and in 1800 was elected third President (1801–09). Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights, which motivated American colonists to break from Great Britain and form a new nation. He produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level. Primarily of English ancestry, Jefferson was born and educated in Virginia. He graduated from the College of William & Mary and practiced law. During the American Revolution, he represented Virginia in the Continental Congress that adopted the Declaration, drafted the law for religious freedom as a Virginia legislator, and served as ... More


Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Thomas Jefferson #War

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson #Age

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
Thomas Jefferson #Alone #Government #Truth

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Thomas Jefferson #Alone #Travel

One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
Thomas Jefferson #Attitude

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.
Thomas Jefferson #Best

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

He who knows best knows how little he knows.
Thomas Jefferson #Best #Fitness

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.
Thomas Jefferson #Courage

One man with courage is a majority.
Thomas Jefferson #Education

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

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
Thomas Jefferson #Fear #Government

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson #Fear #God

Question with boldness even the existence of a God because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
Thomas Jefferson #Fear #Truth

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

My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
Thomas Jefferson #Friendship #Peace

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

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances with none.
Thomas Jefferson #God

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

If God is just, I tremble for my country.
Thomas Jefferson #God

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

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
Thomas Jefferson #Good #Government #Happiness #Life

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

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
Thomas Jefferson #Good

I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
Thomas Jefferson #Good

The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.