Quotes by Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the governing of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.

Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address

Other Great Authors


There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feel it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conscience and cowardice are really the same thing. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm.

Oscar Wilde

Life is but a walking Shadow, a poor Player That struts and frets his Hour upon the Stage, And then is heard no more; It is a tall Tale, Told by an Idiot, full of Sound and Fury, Signifying nothing."

William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, Scene V MacBeth

Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult.

Actor Edmund Gwenn

I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.

William Shakespeare

All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge »

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.

Emily Dickenson »

A home is not a mere transient shelter its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.

H.L. Mencken »