Thomas Jefferson

Thomas
Jefferson
1743
1826

American Statesman, President of the United States, Founding Father, Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence

Author Quotes

I agree that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

We often repent of what we have said, but never, never, of that which we have not.

I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.

Without virtue happiness cannot be.

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.

I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches.

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.

I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.

It is neither wealth, nor splendor, but tranquillity and occupation, which give happiness.

Men are disposed to live honestly, if the means of doing so are open to them.

Men are naturally divided into two parties: (1) those who fear and distrust the people... (2) those who identify themselves with people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider than as the most honest and safe.

Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. Never spend your money before you have earned it. Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap. Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold. We seldom report of having eaten too little. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. How much pain evils have cost us that have never happened! Take things always by the smooth handle. When angry, count ten before you speak, if very angry, count a hundred.

No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any.

Author Picture
First Name
Thomas
Last Name
Jefferson
Birth Date
1743
Death Date
1826
Bio

American Statesman, President of the United States, Founding Father, Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence