Great Thomas Jefferson Quotes

We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.


But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.


We are afraid of the known and afraid of the unknown. That is our daily life and in that there is no hope, and therefore every form of philosophy, every form of theological concept, is merely an escape from the actual reality of what is. All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.


The day is not distant when we must bear and adopt [the abolition of slavery], or worse will follow.


Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of person under protection of habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected, these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.


It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.


I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever: that, considering numbers, nature, and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest.


Every generation needs a new revolution.


Very many and very meritorious were the worthy patriots who assisted in bringing back our government to its republican tack. To preserve it in that, will require unremitting vigilance.


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.


We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.


Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.


A well informed citizenry is the best defines against tyranny.


I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.


I have sworn upon the altar of God Eternal, hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.


A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.


It is between fifty and sixty years since I read it (i.e. the Book of Revelations), and I then considered it merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherence of our own nightly dreams.


I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations as would secure their safe return in due time.