IdleHearts / Thomas Jefferson
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
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.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.
I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.