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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. 
Thomas Jefferson
Men are disposed to live honestly, if the means of doing so are open to them.
Thomas Jefferson
Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies. 
Thomas Jefferson
Always take hold of things by the smooth handle. 
Thomas Jefferson
It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself.
Thomas Jefferson (Notes on Virginia)
Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness.
Thomas Jefferson
Delay is preferable to error. 
Thomas Jefferson
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
Thomas Jefferson
One man with courage is a majority.
Thomas Jefferson
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
Thomas Jefferson
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Thomas Jefferson
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Thomas Jefferson
Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government. 
Thomas Jefferson
Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
Thomas Jefferson
I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson
Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. 
Thomas Jefferson
An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
Thomas Jefferson
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Thomas Jefferson
As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
Thomas Jefferson
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
Thomas Jefferson
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
Thomas Jefferson
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. 
Thomas Jefferson
To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
Thomas Jefferson
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. 
Thomas Jefferson
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. 
Thomas Jefferson
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men 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.
Thomas Jefferson
It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
Thomas Jefferson
Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What was been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.
Thomas Jefferson
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks. 
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson Biography
Born: April 13, 1743
Died: July 4, 1826

Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States. He was an very influential founding father and who was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.
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