Thomas Jefferson Quotes (506 quotes)
Letters: Selections from the Private and Political Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson, Telling the Story of American Independence and the Founding of the American Government (194? edition)
“No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.”
Thomas Jefferson: His Words and Vision (1998 edition), Peter Pauper Press, Inc. - ISBN: 9780880880824
“Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.”
“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.”
Letter to Alexander von Humboldt (6 December 1813) - 1810s
Letter to Charles Clay, 12 July 1817. Sometimes quoted as "When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred." See also: izquotes.com/quote/388423
Memoir, correspondence, and miscellanies, from the papers of Thomas Jefferson (1830 edition)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsThomas Jefferson
Born: April 13, 1743
Died: July 4, 1826 (aged 83)
Bio: Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia. Just after the war ended, from mid-1784 Jefferson served as a diplomat, stationed in Paris.
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“Philebus was saying that enjoyment and pleasure and delight, and the class of feelings akin to them, are a good to every living being, whereas I contend, that not these, but wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kindred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure for all who are able to partake of them, and that to all such who are or ever will be they are the most advantageous of all things.”