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Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Never yet could I find that a black had uttered a thought above the level of plain narration; never saw even an elemental trait of painting or sculpture.
— Thomas Jefferson —

When we see religion split into so many thousand of sects, and I may say Christianity itself divided into its thousands also, who are disputing, anathematizing and where the laws permit burning and torturing one another for abstractions which no one of them understand, and which are indeed beyond the comprehension of the human mind, into which of the chambers of this Bedlam would a man wish to thrust himself.
[Letter to George Logan, 12 November 1816]

— Thomas Jefferson

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

— Thomas Jefferson

I can't live without magic

— Thomas Jefferson

The government you elect is the government you deserve.

— Thomas Jefferson

I hope that we have not labored in vain, and that our experiment will still prove that men can be governed by reason.

— Thomas Jefferson

A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.

— Thomas Jefferson

The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.

— Thomas Jefferson

It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.

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The legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions.

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We are not immortal ourselves, my friend; how can we expect our enjoyments to be so? We have no rose without its thorn; no pleasure without alloy. It is the law of our existence; and we must acquiesce.

— Thomas Jefferson

Money, not morality, constitutes the principle of commercial nations.

— Thomas Jefferson

[The people] are in truth the only legitimate proprietors of the soil and government.

— Thomas Jefferson

From forty years' experience of the wretched guess-work of the newspapers of what is not done in open daylight, and of their falsehood even as to that, I rarely think them worth reading, and almost never worth notice.

— Thomas Jefferson

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