Top 10 Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Thomas Jefferson(April 13, 1743 – July 4, 18261826) was a Founding Father, the 3rd President of the United States, and main author of the Declaration of Independence.

Here are Thomas Jefferson’s greatest quotes:

I.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

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II.

When you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.

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III.

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

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IV.

Never spend the money before you have earned it.

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V.

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

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VI.

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. 

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VII.

Power is not alluring to pure minds.

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VIII.

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

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IX.

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

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X.

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we always doing. 

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Thank you Thomas Jefferson!

Interesting Facts:

  • He was an architect and archaeologist.
  • He had a book collection of over 6000 books.
  • He was one of ten children.
  • He is on the US $2 bill and the $.05 nickel.

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