Autres citations de Thomas Jefferson, 3ème président des USA.
"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." / "Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching."
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."
"Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning."
"Pour les questions de style, nage avec le courant; sur les questions de principe, sois solide comme un roc."
"Aucun honnête homme ne peut éprouver du plaisir à exercer un pouvoir sur ses concitoyens."
"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."
"Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness." / "Les mères font les hommes."
"Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day." / "Delay is preferable to error." / "Remettre à plus tard est préférable à se tromper." / "When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred."
"Never trouble another for what you can do yourself."
"We never repent of having eaten too little."
"How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened."
"The two principles on which our conduct towards the Indians should be founded, are justice and fear. after the injuries we have done them, they cannot love us."
"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it."
"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."
"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." [à comparer à Aristote: "La plus grande injustice est de traiter également les choses inégales." / "Equals should be treated equally and unequals unequally."]