Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

A little rebellion now and a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

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

Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.

No nation was ever drunk when wine was cheap.

Is it the Fourth?

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

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

Never spend your money before you have it.

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

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.

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

The Price Of Freedom Is Eternal Vigilance.

We never regret having eaten too little.

I cannot live without books.

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.

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.

Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.