U.S. President Thomas Jefferson Quotes from Jefferson

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3rd President



"Science is my passion, politics my duty."

"No circumstances, my dear sir, will ever tempt me to engage in anything public."--Letter to Washington, August, 1794.

"My God! How little do my countrymen know of what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself."--After his mission to France

"Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever He had a chosen people, whose breasts He has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue."--Notes on Virginia, 1785

"I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man."

"The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body."

"Enlighten the people generally and oppression of body and mind will vanish like spirits in the dawn of day."

"There must doubtless be an unhappy influence on the manners of our people produced by the existence of slavery among us."

"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

"The tender breasts of ladies were not formed for political convulsions."

"I will never by any word or act bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others."-1803

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

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

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."--1787

"The man who never looked into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors."--1807

"Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God."--Motto on coat of arms Jefferson designed for himself

"Life is of no value but as it brings us gratifications. Among the most valuable of these is rational society. It informs the mind, sweetens the temper, cheers our spirits, and promotes health."--Letter to Madison, 1784

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