65 Thomas Jefferson Quotes That Will Transform Your Life

Thomas Jefferson was a great personality who was born in the year 1743 in Shadwell. He was a renowned statesman, diplomat and an architect. Known as the Founding Father, he was appointed as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He was a true political leader who devotedly altered the political stated of the United States and is regarded among the best five presidents of the country. Thomas Jefferson quotes reflect his ideas and philosophies about life.

Apart from that, he was the Principal Author of the remarkable piece called ‘The Declaration of the Independence.’ He was also considered major supportive hand to democracy and republicism who paved a way to break the Kingdom of Great Britain. From 1790 to 1793, he was also elected as the second Vice-President of the United States from 1797 to 1801 and the first Secretary of States of the country. Here are the Thomas Jefferson Quotes that will transform your life.

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

2. Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong. -Thomas Jefferson

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

4. But this momentous question. Like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. –Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

9. 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

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

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

12. When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. -Thomas Jefferson

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

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

15. The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits. -Thomas Jefferson

16. Nobody is better than you and remember, you are better than nobody. -Thomas Jefferson

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

18. I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. -Thomas Jefferson

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

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

21. I cannot live without books. –Thomas Jefferson

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

23. Follow truth wherever it may lead you. –Thomas Jefferson

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

25. That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. –Thomas Jefferson

26. Every generation needs a new revolution. –Thomas Jefferson

27. 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

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

29. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. –Thomas Jefferson

30. Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. –Thomas Jefferson quotes

31. When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred. – Thomas Jefferson

32. Walking is the very best exercise and a habit. Habituate yourself to walk very far. –Thomas Jefferson

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

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

35. But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. –Thomas Jefferson

36. Was the government to prescribe us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. –Thomas Jefferson

37. Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise. –Thomas Jefferson

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

39. A machine for making revolutions is doing precisely the wrong thing at just the right time. –Thomas Jefferson

40. If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off. –Thomas Jefferson

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

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

43. Never spend your money before you have it. –Thomas Jefferson

44. Follow truth wherever it may lead you. –Thomas Jefferson

45. Of all machines, the human heart is the most complicated and inexplicable. –Thomas Jefferson

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

47. It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness. –Thomas Jefferson

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

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

50. A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. –Thomas Jefferson

51. Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. –Thomas Jefferson

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

53. 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

54. The dead should not rule the living. –Thomas Jefferson

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

56. It is the duty of every American citizen to take part in a vigorous debate on the issues of the day. –Thomas Jefferson

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

58. Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law. –Thomas Jefferson

59. Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning. –Thomas Jefferson

60. But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. –Thomas Jefferson

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

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

63. No people who are ignorant can be truly free. –Thomas Jefferson

64. I cannot live without books. –Thomas Jefferson

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Nakul Grover

Nakul Grover, author of Superhuman In You and the one who runs this blog. He has been writing on self-improvement since 2014. Featured on various websites, his works have helped thousands of people to live an extraordinary life. He loves spending his leisure hours in reading books and learning new skills.

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