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Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States. He was one of the original founding fathers.

He was born on July 13, 1743.

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The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
-Thomas Jefferson

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
-Thomas Jefferson

The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.
-Thomas Jefferson

The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
-Thomas Jefferson

The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
-Thomas Jefferson

The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.
-Thomas Jefferson

The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
-Thomas Jefferson

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

The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
-Thomas Jefferson

The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.
-Thomas Jefferson

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

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

The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.
-Thomas Jefferson

The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.
-Thomas Jefferson

The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.
-Thomas Jefferson

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
-Thomas Jefferson

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
-Thomas Jefferson

The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.
-Thomas Jefferson

That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
-Thomas Jefferson

The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
-Thomas Jefferson

Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.
-Thomas Jefferson

Taste cannot be controlled by law.
-Thomas Jefferson

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
-Thomas Jefferson

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
-Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
-Thomas Jefferson

Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
-Thomas Jefferson

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
-Thomas Jefferson

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
-Thomas Jefferson

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