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Published On: Thu, Jan 1st, 2015

Thomas Jefferson quotes

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.

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.

Thomas Jefferson portrait by Rembrandt Peale via New York Historical Society

Thomas Jefferson portrait by Rembrandt Peale via New York Historical Society

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

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.

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

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

 

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  1. Patrick Lee says:

    There are lots of “Jefferson quotes” about which didn’t come from him. Several of the ones above are doubtful.

    For accurate quotes in context, see Jefferson’s blog at
    http://ThomasJeffersonLeadership.com/blog/

    Several times each week, he posts briefly on a variety of topics.

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