Thomas Jefferson Quotes on Honesty and Fulfilling Your Duty


Nothing gives as much pride and satisfaction than getting things done through hard work. However, feelings of frustrations and defeat could stand in the way. But before you give up, think about your duty — your duty to strive for success to the best of your ability. These Thomas Jefferson Quotes can encourage you to never stop reaching for your goals.

Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was born on April 13, 1743. As the principal author of the Declaration of Indepence, he was one of the Founding Fathers. After serving as Virginia’s representative during the American revolution, he became the second governor of the state, coinciding with the American Revolutionary War.

Under the presidency of George Washington, Jefferson was selected as the country’s first secretary of state. He continued his way up the political ladder, becoming the second vice president of the United States, for which he served from 1797 to 1801. Subsequently, he served as the president of the nation from 1801 to 1809.

Holding the highest position of the land, Jefferson protected America’s shipping and trade interests from Barbary pirates. In his second term, he banned the importation of slaves into the United States. Jefferson was also an architect, philologist, and a writer who authored Notes on the State of Virginia.

In the Age of Englightenment, he was considered a proponent of democracy and republicanism. After his retirement, he founded the University of Virginia. Jefferson’s achievements while in public office were commended and so was his support for religious freedom. Here are Thomas Jefferson quotes to awaken your drive to succeed.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. – Thomas Jefferson

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

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I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson

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History, in general, only informs us what bad government is. – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. – Thomas Jefferson

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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. – Thomas Jefferson

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness. – Thomas Jefferson

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The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. – Thomas Jefferson

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He who knows best knows how little he knows. – Thomas Jefferson

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

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Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. – Thomas Jefferson

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If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. – Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do. – Thomas Jefferson

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

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Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing. – Thomas Jefferson

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. – Thomas Jefferson

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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

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Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. – Thomas Jefferson

Keep working and keep trying with these Thomas Jefferson quotes you can share with your loved ones.

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