Quotations From THOMAS JEFFERSON

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  • 111.
    Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, March 28, 1787, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 34, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).
  • 112.
    Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, April 18, 1790. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 16, ed. Julian P. Boyd (1961).

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  • 113.
    No stile of writing is so delightful as that which is all pith, which never omits a necessary word, nor uses an unnecessary one.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, December 7, 1808, to his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 369, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).
  • 114.
    An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, June 1, 1798.
  • 115.
    We are here lounging our time away, doing nothing, and having nothing to do. It gives me great regret to be passing my time so uselessly when it could have been so importantly employed at home.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, December 27, 1797, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 146, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).

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  • 116.
    For themselves they fought, for themselves they conquered, and for themselves alone they have they have right to hold.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. "A Summary View of the Rights of British America..." (1774). The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, p. 122, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).

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  • 117.
    If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, August 27, 1786, to Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 10, p. 308, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
  • 118.
    The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, October 20, 1820.

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  • 119.
    The lamp of war is kindled here, not to be extinguished but by torrents of blood.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, November 11, 1784, to James Madison. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 7, p. 506, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).

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  • 120.
    The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. "A Summary View of the Rights of British America..." (1774). The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, p. 134, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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