Thomas Jefferson Quotes

How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.

No government can continue good but under the control of the people.

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.

The basis of our government (is) is opinion of the people.

The animosities of soverigns are temporary, and may be allayed; but those which sieze the whole body of people, and of a people too, dictate their own measures, produce calamities of long duration.

The good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is to their interest to preserve peace and order. . . They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government.

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

I am ever unwilling that (peace) should be disturbed as long as the rights and interests of the nations can be preserved. But whensoever hostile aggressions on these require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.