Thomas Jefferson

United States
13 Apr 1743 // 4 Jul 1826
Statesman, Politician


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In matters of style swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
I cannot live without books.
Delay is preferable to error.
One man with courage is a majority.
Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
Ignorance is a poor tool in a battle of wits.
In the full tide of successful experiment.

First Inaugural Address
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."