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Top 10 Thomas Jefferson Quotations

top 10 quotations by Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (1743 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and his vision for the U.S. was that of a nation of independent farmers, free from the cities and financial institutions of Europe. A polymath, Jefferson's interests ranged from architecture, music, and science to philosophy and political theory. His presidency is most noted for the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the establishment of West Point.

"I cannot live without books." Thomas Jefferson

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

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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

"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." Thomas Jefferson

"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching." Thomas Jefferson

"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." Thomas Jefferson

"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." Thomas Jefferson

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." Thomas Jefferson

"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." Thomas Jefferson

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