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Quotes of the Day for 13 April 2001 – Thomas Jefferson

Since today is Friday the Thirteenth, a selection of quotes dealing with luck was certain - until I lucked out and noticed that today is Thomas Jefferson's birthday. Jefferson was such a prolific writer that narrowing the list down to a dozen wasn't too hard, paring it down to just these few was a challenge.

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The quotes:

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

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talent.
     - Thomas Jefferson

The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.
     - Thomas Jefferson

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own persuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.
     - Thomas Jefferson

The happiest moments of my life have a been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
     - Thomas Jefferson

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