Favorite Quotations, 2 Thomas Jefferson U.S. Presidents

"I believe... that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Cooperation is a state of mind. There is little hope of real progress until we make this discovery and act upon this knowledge.

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.

Music... the favorite passion of my soul.

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.

Above all things, and at all times, practice yourself in good humor.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

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

Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.

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

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.

An elected despotism is not the government we fought for.

Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics.

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article or mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

But though I am an old man, I am but a young gardener.

Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.

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

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