Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
President Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
President Thomas Jefferson.
BornApril 13, 1743
Shadwell, Virginia
DiedJuly 4, 1826
Charlottesville, Virginia
Third President of the United States 1801-1809. Vice President 1797-1801. Architect of the Declaration of Independence. Ambassador to France. Inventor of the swivel chair.

The repository contains 18 quotes from President Thomas Jefferson.


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


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

FreedomPolitics and Government

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

FreedomPolitics and Government

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 forms of kings to govern him?

FreedomPolitics and Government

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


Truth is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

America and Patriotism

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.


I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

PunctualitySuccess and Failure

Delay is preferable to error.


A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.


Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.


The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.


If a nation expects to be both ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.


The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

FreedomPolitics and Government

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.


Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.


It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

Media and News

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