Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

No body can conceive that nature ever intended to throw away a Newton upon the occupations of a crown. It would have been a prodigality for which even the conduct of providence might have been arraigned, had he been by birth annexed to what was so far below him.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, July 19, 1778, to David Rittenhouse. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, p. 203, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).

Jefferson here advises the American astronomer not to waste his talents by becoming a politician.
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