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Light and liberty : reflections on the persuit of happiness

Author: Thomas Jefferson; Eric S Petersen
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Modern Library edView all editions and formats
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Were Thomas Jefferson alive to read this book, he would recognize every sentence, every elegant turn of phrase, every lofty, beautifully expressed idea. Indeed, every word in the book is his. In an astonishing feat of editing, Eric S. Petersen has culled the entirety of Thomas Jefferson's published works to fashion thirty-four original essays on themes ranging from patriotism and liberty to hope, humility, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Quotations
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Light and liberty.
New York : Modern Library, 2004
(DLC) 2003044283
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Jefferson; Eric S Petersen
ISBN: 9781588363893 1588363899
OCLC Number: 70772969
Notes: "Collection of essays pieced together from 700 individual phrases found in Jefferson's writings"--CIP data sheet.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 154 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Faith --
Happiness --
Aspiration --
Fitness --
Cheerfulness --
Gratitude --
Sincerity --
Not thristing for gain --
Seeing the good --
Jesus --
Nature's beauty --
Humility --
Sacrifice --
Being ture to yourself --
Self-perfection --
Doing what is right --
Simplicity --
Living in the present --
Enthusiasm --
Patriotism.
Responsibility: edited by Eric S. Petersen.
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Were Thomas Jefferson alive to read this book, he would recognize every sentence, every elegant turn of phrase, every lofty, beautifully expressed idea. Indeed, every word in the book is his. In an astonishing feat of editing, Eric S. Petersen has culled the entirety of Thomas Jefferson's published works to fashion thirty-four original essays on themes ranging from patriotism and liberty to hope, humility, and gratitude. The result is a lucid, inspiring distillation of the wisdom of one of America's greatest political thinkers. From his personal motto'"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God"'to his resounding discourse on "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson defined the essential truth of the American spirit. In the essays that Petersen has crafted from letters, speeches, and public documents, Jefferson's unique moral philosophy and vision shine through. Among the hundreds of magnificent sentences gathered in this volume, here are Jefferson's pronouncements on Gratitude: "I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations' to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements and under all circumstances, to be open and generous." Religion: "A concern purely between our God and our consciences." America's national character: "It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate; to surmount every difficulty with resolution and contrivance." Public debt: "We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves." War: "I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind." In stately measured cadences, these thirty-four essays provide timeless guidance on leading a spiritually fulfilling life. Light and Liberty is a triumphant work of supreme eloquence, as uplifting today as when Jefferson first set these immortal sentences on paper. From the Hardcover edition.

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