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Thomas Jefferson’s Pursuit by talyarden
May 1, 2010, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Happiness, Narrative | Tags: ,

The Giver of life gave it for happiness and not for wretchedness.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1782. ME 4:196, Papers 6:186

“If [God] has made it a law in the nature of man to pursue his own happiness, He has left him free in the choice of place as well as mode, and we may safely call on the whole body of English jurists to produce the map on which nature has traced for each individual the geographical line which she forbids him to cross in pursuit of happiness.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Manners, 1817. ME 15:124

“Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of 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 as steadfastly believe.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Page, 1763. ME 4:10, Papers 1:10

“The freedom and happiness of man… [are] the sole objects of all legitimate government.” –Thomas Jefferson to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1810. ME 12:369

“[It is a] great truth that industry, commerce and security are the surest roads to the happiness and prosperity of [a] people.” –Thomas Jefferson to Francisco Chiappe, 1789. Papers 15:405

“The only orthodox object of the institution of government is to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible to the general mass of those associated under it.” –Thomas Jefferson to M. van der Kemp, 1812. ME 13:135

“I sincerely pray that all the members of the human family may, in the time prescribed by the Father of us all, find themselves securely established in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and happiness.” –Thomas Jefferson: Reply to Ellicot Thomas, et al., 1807. ME 16:290

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