Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
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.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.