Citizen Jefferson: The Wit and Wisdom of an American Sage

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1994

Few americans have had the profound impression on our state as did Jefferson, or even fewer left any such wealth of sage suggestion. Jefferson, a skilled statesman, architect, musician, and inventor, used to be additionally proficient with a pen and the stylish flip of word. Even his pal and rival, John Adams, acknowledged Jefferson had "the attractiveness of a masterly pen . . . and a cheerful expertise of composition."

Collected listed here are a number of the 3rd president's so much memorable passages and such a lot deftly grew to become expressions. "The happiest moments my center knows," Jefferson wrote, "are these within which it really is pouring forth its affections to a couple esteemed character."

Citizen Jefferson is a fantastically produced choice of quotations from Jefferson's personal deepest correspondence to friends and family, political allies, and opponents. it's a testomony to his place as a guy of letters and an American sage. To his daughter he suggested, "Take extra excitement in giving what's top to a different than in having it your self, after which the entire global will love you, and that i greater than all of the world." To a chum, "Man, as soon as surrendering his cause . . . is sort of a send with no rudder." Or to his nation, "I have sworn upon the altar of god everlasting hostility opposed to each kind of tyranny over the brain of man."

Carefully selected and expertly edited through Jefferson student Dr. John P. Kaminski, the quotations are geared up through key themes for mild looking and listed for fast reference. those passages mirror the simplest information that Jefferson provided his personal and destiny generations. Citizen Jefferson is the fitting spouse if you recognize the Sage of Monticello."

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For, as yet, it is but nominal with us. The inquisition of public opinion overwhelms in practice the freedom asserted by the laws in theory. To John Adams, Monticello, January 37 22, 1821 Freedom of the Press No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, & which we trust will end in establishing the fact that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found is the freedom of the press.

To the Comte de Moustier, Paris, May 20, 1789 Experience The ground I have already passed over enables me to see my way into that which is before me. To George Washington, Chesterfield, December 15, 1789 But all theory must yield to experience, and every constitution has its own laws. To James Maury, Monticello, June 16, 1815 Yet experience & frequent disappointment have taught me not to be over-confident in theories or calculations, until actual trial of the whole combination has stamped it with approbation.

To John Adams, Monticello, April 8, I8I6 Habits I find as I advance in life I become less capable of acquiring new affections & therefore I love to hang by myoId ones. To Alexander Donald, Philadelphia, May I3, 179I 47 Half-"Way Measures Things which are just or handsome should never be done by halves. To Benjamin Harrison, Paris, January 12, 1785 Happiness Our greatest happiness ... is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782 My principal happiness is now in the retrospect of life.

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