"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
3rd U.S. President

Quotes on revolution:

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.
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
For people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
I cannot live without books.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. 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.
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

"Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself."

Quotes on education:

As you say of yourself, I too am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece and Rome have left us.
All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.
It is an axiom in my mind, that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that too of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This it is the business of the State to effect, and on a general plan.
The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.
Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.
A republican government is slow to move, yet once in motion it’s momentum becomes irresistible.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.


Thomas Jefferson was an American diplomat, lawyer and philosopher. He was one among the Founding Fathers of the United States and served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809.  His face appears on Mount Rushmore together with George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Jefferson is ranked highly among U.S. presidents. Jefferson was the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence, and also served as the second vice president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. After he retired from public office, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. Jefferson knew several languages. His book Notes on the State of Virginia is considered perhaps the most important American book published before 1800. Jefferson took a keen interest in religion and philosophy and was elected President of the American Philosophical Society.  To mark the 200th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth, The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. Inside the memorial, there is a six-meter statue of Jefferson and engravings of passages from his writings.