Later in life, after his presidency, Thomas Jefferson was asked to counsel a young man who’d been named after him on how to live a virtuous life.
Not having me there to assist in drafting the response, he did the best he could, poor fellow.
Here is part of his reply:
- Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
- Never spend your money before you have it.
- Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
- Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
- We never repent of having eaten too little.
- Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
- How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
- Take things always be their smooth handle.
- When angry, count to ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
8 thoughts on “Sound Advice from Thomas Jefferson”
Quite an interesting choice of words for advice to live by toward becoming virtuous, both then and now.
Thanks, Lee. – BGT
Jefferson was right! In point 3 in particular he speaks about MONEY! Today we only have some funny pictures called currency (unless we have real money – gold).
Download, open and type gold in search – and learn
Thank you, OMGM. Quite true. The difference between currency and money is a concept everyone should understand. – BGT
This one is near and dear to the Surprise Millionaires – “Never spend your money before you have it”. Wise words!
Thanks, Keith. Hope the summer is bearable! – BGT
I will have to keep three of those in mind.
Thanks, Karen. – BGT