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Thomas Jefferson

1743–1826. American lawyer, philosopher, politician, diplomat. One of the Founding Fathers and the third President of the United States. Author of the Declaration of Independence.


1. To elect their government, all citizens must fully comprehend the gravity of their political responsibilities to ensure a just and moral commonwealth.

2. Don't do more good than people can endure.

3. Whoever sacrifices his liberty for safety gets neither.

4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.

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

6. Nothing more than education [is] advancing the prosperity, the power, and the happiness of a nation.

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

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

9. Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

10. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.