Thomas Jefferson Quotations (From We the People by Day Williams)

Thomas Jefferson

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.
−Thomas Jefferson

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
−Thomas Jefferson

As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
−Thomas Jefferson

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
−Thomas Jefferson

Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
−Thomas Jefferson

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
−Thomas Jefferson

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
−Thomas Jefferson

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
−Thomas Jefferson

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
−Thomas Jefferson

Delay is preferable to error.
−Thomas Jefferson

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
−Thomas Jefferson

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
−Thomas Jefferson

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
−Thomas Jefferson

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
−Thomas Jefferson

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.
−Thomas Jefferson

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
−Thomas Jefferson