Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

I duly acknowledge that I have gone through a long life, with fewer circumstances of affliction than are the lot of most men. Uninterrupted health, a competence for every reasonable want, usefulness to my fellow-citizens, a good portion of their esteem, no complaint against the world which has sufficiently honored me, and above all, a family which has blessed me by their affections, and never by their conduct given me a moment's pain.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, February 8, 1826, to his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 470, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).
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