Sound Advice from Thomas Jefferson

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:

  1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
  2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
  3. Never spend your money before you have it.
  4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
  5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
  6. We never repent of having eaten too little.
  7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
  8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
  9. Take things always be their smooth handle.
  10. When angry, count to ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
  • BGT


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