Thomas Jefferson Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Thomas Jefferson quotes, Thomas Jefferson sayings, and Thomas Jefferson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.

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He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.

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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.

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Coffee: the favorite drink of the civilized world.

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Never spend your money before you have it.

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Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

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All we can do is to make the best of our friends: love and cherish what is good in them, and keep out of the way of what is bad: but no more think of rejecting them for it than of throwing away a piece of music for a flat passage or two.     

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Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.

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

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

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Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.      

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But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.

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Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.

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Power is not alluring to pure minds.

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Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends.

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Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.     

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We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

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The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them.

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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.     

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I cannot live without books.

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If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.      

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He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.

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I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.     

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How much pain have cost us the evils that have never happened.

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The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain.     

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Common sense is the foundation of all authorities, of the laws themselves, and of their construction.     

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Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.

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Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.

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We never repent of having eaten too little.     

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The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.     

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