Great Thomas Jefferson Quotes

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which 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. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.


The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.


The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.


Every man cannot have his way in all things. If his opinion prevails at some times, he should acquiesce on seeing that of others preponderate at other times. Without this mutual disposition we are disjointed individuals, but not a society.


Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.


The country is headed toward a single and splendid government of an aristocracy founded on banking institutions and moneyed incorporations and if this tendency continues it will be the end of freedom and democracy, the few will be ruling…I hope we shall…crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to trial and bid defiance to the laws of our country. I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.


Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.


A properly functioning democracy depends on an informed electorate.


The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.


A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which 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. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.


Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.


Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.


The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.


The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.


To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.


happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men. We…solemnly publish and declare, that these colonies are and of a right ought to be free and independent states…and for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.


The Declaration of Independence . . . [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.


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.