Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

American president, lawyer, inventor
13 April 1743 — 4 July 1826

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When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man.

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.

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

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