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 :: 1743-1826, Third President of the USA

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When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Power]

 

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I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Power]

 

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No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [President]

 

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Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Pride]

 

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In matters of principals, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Principles]

 

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Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Procrastination]

 

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Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Public Office]

 

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Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Questions]

 

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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. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Rebellion]

 

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We rarely repent of having eaten too little.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Regret]

 

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The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Republican]

 

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Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Resignation]

 

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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Ridicule]

 

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Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it as earned.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Labor]

 

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Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Liberty]

 

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It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
~ Thomas Jefferson - [Liberty]

 

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