quotes of Thomas Jefferson; 584 quotes

"It was more in our spirit to let things come to rights by the plain dictates of common sense than by the practice of any artifices."

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"It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately."

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"The order of nature is that individual happiness shall be inseparable from the practice of virtue."

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"Experience (has) long taught me the reasonableness of mutual sacrifices of opinion among those who are to act together for any common object, and the expediency of doing what good we can when we cannot do all we would wish."

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"The summum bonum with me is now truly Epicurean, ease of body and tranquility of mind; and to these I wish to consign my remaining days."

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"Without society, and a society to our taste, men are never contented."

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"When we reflect how difficult it is to move or deflect the great machine of society, how impossible to advance the notions of a whole people suddenly to ideal right, we see the wisdom of Solon's remark, that no more good must be attempted than the na."

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"France has sincerely wished peace, and their seducers have wished war, as well for the loaves and fishes which arise out of war expenses, as for the chance of changing the Constitution."

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"I join you, therefore, in sincere congratulations that this den of the priesthood is at length broken up, and that a Protestant Popedom is no longer to disgrace the American history and character."

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"The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on."

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