Thomas Jefferson Quotes – Declaration of American Independence

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

I cannot live without books.

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

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

Never spend your money before you have it.

Information is the currency of democracy.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

I sincerely believe… that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.