a healthy mind (he recommended two hours exercise a day and an ‘early to bed, early
to rise’ policy).
Key quotes on learning and
Almighty God has created the mind free (from the Virginian statute for religious freedom)
A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.
Key quote on America
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 (from the
Key quote on
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define
Key quote on positive
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.
Key quotes on politics and government
Information is the currency of democracy (so, he said, Ignorance is the enemy of democracy)
The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.
Government is the strongest of which every man feels a part.
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is
Key quote on ethics
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Key quote on decision making
Delay is preferable to error.
Key quote on the past, present and future
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Key quote on happiness
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
Thoreau (pictured right) said “Government is best which governs least”, but
there is no record of Jefferson saying it (although many people think he did).