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.'

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
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
Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry... Thomas Jefferson
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. Thomas Jefferson
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. Thomas Jefferson