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1743 to 1826 Thomas Jefferson was a father, designer, gardener and a great mind who believed in the rights of men alike, even though he's best known for his role associated with the establishment of America. Jefferson was born April 13 in 1743 to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph Jefferson. In his early years, he studied several languages in school, notably Greek, French and Latin. By the mid 1700s, he entered college, attending the College of William and Mary, studying and eventually practicing law. Eventually, Thomas Jefferson wed Martha Wayles Skelton in the year 1772. The marriage gave the couple six children; two daughters survived and grew into adults. Jefferson's storied career hit its first peak in 1776, following his election to the Continental Congress; around that time, he was chosen to scribe the Declaration of Independence. After that, he eventually served as governor of Virginia from 1779 to 1781; in the years following his wife's death in 1782, he was sent to France with his daughters to represent America's government. When he came back to America with his family, President George Washington chose him as the first Secretary of State. By 1796, he ran for President of the United States, though lost to John Adams; despite that, he became Vice President, due to having the second-highest count of votes. He became President of the United States four years later. From the years 1801 to 1809, he served as president, notably conducting the Louisiana Territory's purchase from France. In his later years, he returned to his plantation, Monticello, inviting his surviving daughter Martha and her family to join him. During that time, he helped establish the University of Virginia, serving as its first president. He died at age 83 on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence's establishment.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Thomas Jefferson

When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
Thomas Jefferson

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
Thomas Jefferson

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

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
Thomas Jefferson

A government afraid of its citizens is a democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson

When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
Thomas Jefferson

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Thomas Jefferson

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage, with my books, my family, and a few old
friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the
most splendid post which any human power can give.
Thomas Jefferson

On matters of style, swim with the current; on matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

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

Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Thomas Jefferson

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
Thomas Jefferson

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Thomas Jefferson

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

The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties.
Thomas Jefferson

It is a part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.
Thomas Jefferson

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on
earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Thomas Jefferson

Paper is poverty... it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.
Thomas Jefferson

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my
pocket nor breaks my leg.
Thomas Jefferson

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves;
and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome
discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education.
This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
Thomas Jefferson

Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with
power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson

We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as
reason is left free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson

Man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to
his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.
Thomas Jefferson

A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.
Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last
resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
Thomas Jefferson

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the
happier for it.
Thomas Jefferson

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and
unruffled under all circumstances.
Thomas Jefferson

If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never
done.
Thomas Jefferson

The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.
Thomas Jefferson

It is better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is
wrong.
Thomas Jefferson

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
Thomas Jefferson

Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind; for I can apply
no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work
and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
Thomas Jefferson

Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result
always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
Thomas Jefferson

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