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.'

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. Thomas Jefferson
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson
And I sincerely believe, with you, 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. Thomas Jefferson
Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see. Thomas Jefferson
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness. Thomas Jefferson
Never spend your money before you have earned it. Thomas Jefferson
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at at home in the bosom of my family. Thomas Jefferson
To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education. Thomas Jefferson
All men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights...namely the enjoyment of life and liberty...and pursuing and obtaining happiness. Thomas Jefferson
May your nights and days be many and full of joy! May their fruit be such as to make you feel the sweet union of parent and lover, but not so many as that you may feel their weight! May they be handsome and good as their mother, wise and honest as their father, but more milky! Thomas Jefferson
Your new condition will call for abundance of little sacrifices. But they will be greatly overpaid by the measure of affection they secure to you. The happiness of your life now depends on the continuing to please a single person. To this all other objects must be secondary. Thomas Jefferson
If the body be feeble, the mid will not be strong. Thomas Jefferson
I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more. Thomas Jefferson
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson
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. Thomas Jefferson
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. Thomas Jefferson
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property. Thomas Jefferson
I love to see honest and honorable me at the helm, men who will not bend their politics to their purses nor pursue measures by which they may profit and then profit by their measures. Thomas Jefferson
It is probable that our difference of opinion may, in some measure, be produced by a difference of character in those among whom we live. Thomas Jefferson
The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies. Thomas Jefferson
Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle—error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. Thomas Jefferson
In every country where man is free to think & to speak, differences of opinion will arise from difference of perception, & the imperfection of reason. Thomas Jefferson
Even if we differ in principle more than I believe we do, you and I know too well the texture of the human mind, and the slipperiness of human reason, to consider differences of opinion otherwise than differences of form or feature. 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
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. Thomas Jefferson
We may consider each generation as a separate nation, with a right, by the will of the majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country. Thomas Jefferson
The earth belongs always to the living generation. Thomas Jefferson
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson
Is it the Fourth? Thomas Jefferson
And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. In short, the flames kindled on the fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them. Thomas Jefferson