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.


The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.     

Thomas Jefferson

Never spend your money before you have it.     

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.     

Thomas Jefferson

A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.     

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

Circumstances sometimes require, that rights the most unquestionable should be advanced with delicacy.     

Thomas Jefferson

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.     

Thomas Jefferson

Paper is poverty. It is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.     

Thomas Jefferson

Tobacco is a culture productive of infinite wretchedness.     

Thomas Jefferson

A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry.     

Thomas Jefferson

We often repent of what we have said, but never, never, of that which we have not.     

Thomas Jefferson

We never repent of having eaten too little.     

Thomas Jefferson

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.     

Thomas Jefferson

The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.     

Thomas Jefferson

Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.     

Thomas Jefferson

Self-interest, or rather self-love, or egoism, has been more plausibly substituted as the basis of morality.     

Thomas Jefferson

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.     

Thomas Jefferson

Our ancestors, possessed a right, which nature has given to all men, of departing from the country in which chance, not choice has placed them.     

Thomas Jefferson

Private enterprise manages so much better all the concerns to which it is equal.     

Thomas Jefferson

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.     

Thomas Jefferson

Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven, and you are answerable for, not the rightness, but the uprightness of the decision.     

Thomas Jefferson

In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.      

Thomas Jefferson

Debt and revolution are inseparable as cause and effect.     

Thomas Jefferson

Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body. No laborious person was ever yet hysterical.     

Thomas Jefferson

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.     

Thomas Jefferson

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

Thomas Jefferson

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.     

Thomas Jefferson

It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it.     

Thomas Jefferson

To be really useful, we must keep pace with the state of society, and not dishearten it by attempts at what its population, means, or occupations will fail in attempting.     

Thomas Jefferson