Quotes by Thomas Jefferson


Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
– Thomas Jefferson
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
– Thomas Jefferson
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
– Thomas Jefferson
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
– Thomas Jefferson
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
– Thomas Jefferson
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
– Thomas Jefferson
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
– Thomas Jefferson
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
– Thomas Jefferson
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.
– Thomas Jefferson
Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.
– Thomas Jefferson
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
– Thomas Jefferson
I cannot live without books.
– Thomas Jefferson
I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
– Thomas Jefferson
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
– Thomas Jefferson
Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.
– Thomas Jefferson
Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.
– Thomas Jefferson
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
– Thomas Jefferson
Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.
– Thomas Jefferson
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. 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 blindfolded fear.
– Thomas Jefferson
The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.
– Thomas Jefferson