Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

Perfect happiness I believe was never intended by the deity to be the lot of any one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I steadfastly believe.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, July 15, 1763, to John Page. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, p. 10, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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