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I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations…entangling alliances with none. – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. – 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

How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! – Thomas Jefferson

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

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. – Thomas Jefferson

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. – Thomas Jefferson

Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time. – Thomas Jefferson

Be polite to all, but intimate with few. – Thomas Jefferson

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led. – Thomas Jefferson

If you want something you’ve never had You must be willing to do something you’ve never done. – Thomas Jefferson

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it. – Thomas Jefferson

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. – Thomas Jefferson

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. – Thomas Jefferson

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. – Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. – Thomas Jefferson

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. – Thomas Jefferson

I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more. – Thomas Jefferson

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time. – Thomas Jefferson

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. – Thomas Jefferson

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. – Thomas Jefferson

The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government. – Thomas Jefferson

The only security of all is in a free press. – Thomas Jefferson

There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people. – Thomas Jefferson

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

The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. – Thomas Jefferson

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. – Thomas Jefferson

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. – Thomas Jefferson

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. – Thomas Jefferson

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. – Thomas Jefferson

Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be. – Thomas Jefferson

History, in general, only informs us what bad government is. – Thomas Jefferson

No people can be both ignorant and free. – Thomas Jefferson

Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry… – Thomas Jefferson

Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold. – Thomas Jefferson

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. – 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

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate. – Thomas Jefferson

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes. – Thomas Jefferson

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. – Thomas Jefferson

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

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. – Thomas Jefferson

It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice. – Thomas Jefferson

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson

The dead should not rule the living. – Thomas Jefferson

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. – Thomas Jefferson

I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendency of one sect over another. – Thomas Jefferson

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom. – Thomas Jefferson

He who knows best knows how little he knows. – Thomas Jefferson

Good wine is a necessity of life for me. – Thomas Jefferson

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed. – Thomas Jefferson

The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture. – Thomas Jefferson

A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many. – Thomas Jefferson

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. – Thomas Jefferson

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. – Thomas Jefferson

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe. – Thomas Jefferson

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