Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Birthday of Thomas Jefferson (b. 13 April 1743)

 From The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

It's the birthday of the man who said: "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 can be done if we are always doing." That's Thomas Jefferson, (books by this author) born in Albemarle County, Virginia (1743). And he certainly lived by those words. He wrote the Declaration of Independence for the fledging United States and then served as its minister of France, secretary of state, vice president, and president. But he was also — among other things — an inventor, philosopher, farmer, naturalist, astronomer, food and wine connoisseur, and musician...

He loved to read ... he said, "I cannot live without books." He wrote to John Adams, "I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid; and I find myself much the happier."...

He said: "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."


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