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The Practical Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

I’ve been reading some of Thomas Jefferson, and came across this.
~ Markus

The Practical Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson
aka A Decalogue of Canons for Observation in Practical Life” (original title)

  1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
  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 by their smooth handle.
  10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.

I found that, given the way the people of that time spoke and wrote, it takes a bit of time to ponder each one, to have it sink in. But its all very good advice.

No wonder the guy was the one who was asked to write the Declaration of Independence.

More quotes by him, and other information about Thomas Jefferson and his life, can be found at monticello.org.