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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the third President of the United States. He wrote the Declaration of Independence while others signed it and wrote the Statute of Religous Freedom.

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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.


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It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.


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


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I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.


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I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.


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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.


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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.


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Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.


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


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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.


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He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.


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


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


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Never spend your money before you have earned it.


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One man with courage is a majority.


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I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.


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He who knows best knows how little he knows.


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It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.


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Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.


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History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.


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Be polite to all, but intimate with few.


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Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.


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I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.


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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.


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My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

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