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


The wise determine from the gravity of the case the irritable, from sensibility to oppression the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands.

Edmund Burke

If people really want to go, and really try all their lives, I think they will get in; for I don't believe there are any locks on that door, or any guards at the gate. I always imagine it is as it is in the picture, where the shining ones stretch out their hands to welcome poor Christian as he comes up from the river.

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.

Don Herold

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.

Theophrastus

What is a committee A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.

Richard Harkness

A scholar knows no boredom.

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter »

The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.

Saul Bellow »

Physics is to math what sex is to masturbation.

Richard Feynman »