Quote of the Day

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you… From the practice of the purest virtue, you may be assured you will derive the most sublime comforts in every moment of life, and in the moment of death.”

— Thomas Jefferson (letter to Peter Carr, 19 August 1785)

Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (814-815)

One thought on “Quote of the Day

  1. How many times have I tried to infuse this idea that virtue with liberty and not anything else is worth it, virtue and liberty are worth everything else. You know, my ancestor Randolph and Jefferson discussed these ideas in detail and I am always so sad when our politcal world turns into something else…or just fighting.

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