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Thomas Jefferson

1749-1826 ,  American President [1801-1809]
Thomas JeffersonAmerican Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.
Previously, he was elected the second Vice President of the United States, serving under John Adams from 1797 to 1801.

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There is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive.

Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.

As you say of yourself, I too am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece and Rome have left us.

There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.

The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.

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

Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.

Take things always by their smooth handle.

When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.


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