Thomas Jefferson Quotes

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it"

"When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty."

"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."

"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed."

"A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity, that ever were written."

"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."

"The art of life is the art of avoiding pain."

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

"If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off."

"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine."