Thomas Jefferson

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.

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Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

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When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

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Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

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Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

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

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A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

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The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

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Thomas Jefferson — quotes and aphorisms

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

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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

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

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I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

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We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

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Nothing more than education advances the prosperity, the power, and the happiness of a nation.

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