I sincerely believe... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.
In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
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.
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.
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.
None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also.
We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. 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 blindfolded fear.
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.
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
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.
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
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.
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
Power is not alluring to pure minds.
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
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.
Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.