Happy Birthday, Mr. President!  Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743, was the third President of the United States. He is one of the key creators of the Declaration of Independence, and, you may also recognize him from that two dollar bill you keep in your wallet for good luck. Jefferson was considered one of America’s first ‘renaissance men,’ brimming with wisdom and talents, according to some. We celebrate his birthday with these 18 Thomas Jefferson quotes.

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

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“I cannot live without books.”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 

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“Never spend your money before you have it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.” – Thomas Jefferson

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

“Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”
Thomas Jefferson

“No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will.”
-Thomas Jefferson
“Health is worth more than learning.” – Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson from QuotationsPage.

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