Top 35 Famous Thomas Jefferson Quotes on Life, Government and Religion

Thomas Jefferson one of the best American Founding Fathers, was born on April 13, 1743. He became the 3rd President Of United States of America in 1801. he was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). During Jefferson’s presidency in the United States, he slashed did some great and memorable works like cutting the budget, and eliminated the tax on whiskey, reducing the national debt by over 30%.  Thomas Jefferson died in 1826 at the age of 83. Let’s see some of his most inspiring Quotes on patriotism, hard work and success.

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”


“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”


“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”


“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

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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.”


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


“The legitimate powers of government extend to only such acts as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say that there are twenty gods or no God.”


“Man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.”

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


“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”


“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”


“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

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


“If you want something you’ve never had you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”


“The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”


“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”

Thomas Jefferson quotes

“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.”


“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”


“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”


“Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by a consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.”

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“Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.”


“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”


“Are there so few inquietudes tacked to this momentary life of ours that we must need be loading ourselves with a thousand more?”


“Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. A man has no nobler or more valuable possession that time.”

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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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”

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“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend.”


“Take care of your cents: dollars will take care of themselves.”


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


“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.”

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“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”


“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”


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


“I am sure the man who powders most, perfumes most, embroiders most, and talks most nonsense, is most admired. Though to be candid, there are some who have too much good sense to esteem such monkey-like animals as these, in whose formation, as the saying is, the tailors and barbers go halves with God Almighty.”

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


“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.”


“There is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose.”


“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”

Top 35 Famous Thomas Jefferson Quotes on Life, Government and Religion
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