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Quotations by Thomas Jefferson
Thomas JeffersonRemain always cool and unruffled - Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

Timid men prefer the calm - Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.

To compel a man to furnish money - To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.

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

You must lay aside all prejudice - In fine, I repeat, you must lay aside all prejudice on both sides, and neither believe nor reject anything, because any other persons, or description of persons, have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven, and you are answerable, not for the rightness, but uprightness of the decision.

The legitimate powers of government - The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

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

The greatest good we can do our country - The greatest good we can do our country is to heal it's party divisions and make them one people. I do not speak of their leaders who are incurable, but of the honest and well-intentioned body of the people.

Never fail of employment - A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employments.

Using taste in the design of houses - As we double our numbers every twenty years, we must double our houses. Besides, we build of such perishable materials, that one half of our houses must be rebuilt in every space of twenty years, so that in that time, houses are to he built for three-fourths of our inhabitants. It is, then, among the most important arts: and it is desirable to introduce taste into an art which shows so much.

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

Right versus wrong mental attitude - 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.