Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Thomas Jefferson

Best Quotes by Thomas Jefferson

Born into a prominent family, Thomas Jefferson was the first son of a family of ten children. He inherits his father’s death a huge plantation, when he was only 14 years. With a solid education which gives it a classical education – he speaks Latin, Greek and French – he then enrolled in law at university and was admitted to the bar in 1767, before being elected to the Assembly Virginia in 1769. Dissatisfied with the authority that Great Britain has over the American colonists, he entered politics by joining the protest of Patrick Henry and was noted for his oratorical skills, he feeds the Enlightenment. In 1776 he took part in drafting the Declaration of Independence of the United States alongside  Benjamin Franklin and Robert Livingston and draws on the ideas of philosopher John Locke. Elected to the House of Delegates of the State of Virginia, he fights for freedom of worship and wants to reform the system of slavery: the slave trade was abolished in the state in 1778. From 1785 to 1789, he became ambassador to France in order to develop trade relations between the two countries is witnessing the first episodes of the French Revolution. In 1790 he was appointed Secretary of State in the administration of George Washington, before becoming president himself in the United States from 1801 to 1809. Enlightened and progressive, the presidency of Thomas Jefferson is remembered by the purchase of Louisiana to France and the Lewis and Clark expedition, which initiates the Wild West conquest.

Here are some famous quotes.

Jefferson Quotes and liberty:

– “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it”

– “I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master”

– “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”

Jefferson Quotes and government:

– “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”

– “I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”


Jefferson Quotes on the people:

– “Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day”

– “Information is the currency of democracy”

Jefferson Quotes on economics and business:

– “Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment”

– “Never spend your money before you have it”

– “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies”

– “Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto”

– “I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers.To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt”

Jefferson on ethics:

– “Be polite to all, but intimate with few”

– “Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself”

Cite this article as: Tim, "Thomas Jefferson Quotes, April 15, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, April 15, 2012,

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