Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826 / Shadwell, Virginia)

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

  • ''A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe for felicity. The idle are the only wretched.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, May 21, 1787, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 41, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).
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  • ''Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, September 25, 1785, to Abigail Adams. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 8, p. 548, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
  • ''I write to you out of turn, and believe I must adopt the rule of only writing when I am written to, in hopes that may provoke more frequent letters.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, February 2, 1791, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 71, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).
  • ''I throw myself on your discretion and shew my confidence in it when I thus venture to write in a private character what seems to contradict my public duty.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, April 1, 1781, to Nathaniel Greene. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 5, p. 314, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
  • ''I know nothing more important to inculcate into the minds of young people than the wisdom, the honor, and the blessed comfort of living within their income.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, January 5, 1808, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 317, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).
  • ''Chide me then no more; be to me what you have been; and give me without measure the comfort of your friendship.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, July 30, 1788, to Maria Cosway. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 13, p. 435, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
  • ''I have now the gloomy prospect of retiring from office loaded with serious debts, which will materially affect the tranquility of my retirement.''
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, January 5, 1808, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 317, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).

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