“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”

Thomas Jefferson

“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”

Thomas Jefferson

“I hope we shall ... crush in it’s birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and to bid defiance to the laws of their country.”

Thomas Jefferson

“[Christianity is] the most ... perverted system that ever shone on man.”

Thomas Jefferson

“In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.”

Thomas Jefferson

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, no culture comparable to that of the garden...But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.”

Thomas Jefferson

“[A] lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.”

Thomas Jefferson

“In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance”

Thomas Jefferson

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”

Thomas Jefferson

“I consider him [Alexander von Humboldt] the most important scientist whom I have met.”

Thomas Jefferson

“All is safe where all can read," is a quotation from Thomas Jefferson showing his belief in the importance of everyone knowing how to and being able/allowed to read. I would like to take it one step further.  I would say, "All is BETTER when all can read." No matter what you like to read, the ability to read it, understand it, and enjoy it, truly enriches your life.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.”

Thomas Jefferson

“when you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”

Thomas Jefferson


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