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Light and Liberty: Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness

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Were Thomas Jefferson alive to read this book, he would recognize every sentence, every elegant turn of phrase, every lofty, beautifully expressed idea. Indeed, every word in the book is his. In an astonishing feat of editing, Eric S. Petersen has culled the entirety of Thomas Jefferson’s published works to fashion thirty-four original essays on themes ranging from patriotism and liberty to hope, humility, and gratitude. The result is a lucid, inspiring distillation of the wisdom of one of America’s greatest political thinkers.

From his personal motto—“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God”—to his resounding discourse on “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson defined the essential truth of the American spirit. In the essays that Petersen has crafted from letters, speeches, and public documents, Jefferson’s unique moral philosophy and vision shine through. Among the hundreds of magnificent sentences gathered in this volume, here are Jefferson’s pronouncements on

Gratitude: “I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations—

to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements and under all circumstances, to be open and generous.”

Religion: “A concern purely between our God and our consciences.”

America’s national character: “It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate; to surmount every difficulty with resolution and contrivance.”

Public debt: “We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves.”

War: “I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.”

In stately measured cadences, these thirty-four essays provide timeless guidance on leading a spiritually fulfilling life. Light and Liberty is a triumphant work of supreme eloquence, as uplifting today as when Jefferson first set these immortal sentences on paper.

Synopsis:

A collection of thirty-four inspirational essays culled from the writings of Thomas Jefferson follows the founding father's insights into how to lead a more meaningful life as an individual and as a nation, in a volume that explores such themes as patriotism, hope, patience, and forgiveness. 12,500 first printing.

Synopsis:

Were Thomas Jefferson alive to read this book, he would recognize every sentence, every elegant turn of phrase, every lofty, beautifully expressed idea. Indeed, every word in the book is his. In an astonishing feat of editing, Eric S. Petersen has culled the entirety of Thomas Jefferson's published works to fashion thirty-four original essays on themes ranging from patriotism and liberty to hope, humility, and gratitude. The result is a lucid, inspiring distillation of the wisdom of one of America's greatest political thinkers.

From his personal motto--Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God--to his resounding discourse on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson defined the essential truth of the American spirit. In the essays that Petersen has crafted from letters, speeches, and public documents, Jefferson's unique moral philosophy and vision shine through. Among the hundreds of magnificent sentences gathered in this volume, here are Jefferson's pronouncements on

Gratitude: I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations--

to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements and under all circumstances, to be open and generous.

Religion: A concern purely between our God and our consciences.

America's national character: It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate; to surmount every difficulty with resolution and contrivance.

Public debt: We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves.

War: I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.

In stately measured cadences, thesethirty-four essays provide timeless guidance on leading a spiritually fulfilling life. Light and Liberty is a triumphant work of supreme eloquence, as uplifting today as when Jefferson first set these immortal sentences on paper.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

ERIC S. PETERSEN is a managing partner at the New York law firm of Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP. Educated at Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School, he has studied Jefferson’s life and works since 1993. He lives in Connecticut and can be reached at www.lightandliberty.org.

Table of Contents

Faith — Happiness — Aspiration — Fitness — Cheerfulness — Gratitude — Sincerity — Not thristing for gain — Seeing the good — Jesus — Nature's beauty — Humility — Sacrifice - Being ture to yourself — Self-perfection — Doing what is right — Simplicity — Living in the present — Enthusiasm — Patriotism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588363893
Subtitle:
Reflections on the Persuit of Happiness
Publisher:
Modern Library
Editor:
Petersen, Eric
Edited by:
Eric S. Petersen
Author:
Jefferson, Thomas
Author:
Petersen, Eric S.
Author:
Thomas, Jefferson
Author:
Eric S. Petersen
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Quotations
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Political Science-Essays
Subject:
Reference-Quotations
Subject:
History-United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Literary Collections-Letters
Subject:
Political Science : Essays
Subject:
Reference : Quotations
Subject:
Literary Collections : Letters
Subject:
History : United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
History : United States - General
Subject:
Self-Help : Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Jefferson, Thomas
Subject:
General
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Quotations
Subject:
US History-Jefferson, Thomas
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040601
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
154

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"Synopsis" by , A collection of thirty-four inspirational essays culled from the writings of Thomas Jefferson follows the founding father's insights into how to lead a more meaningful life as an individual and as a nation, in a volume that explores such themes as patriotism, hope, patience, and forgiveness. 12,500 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Were Thomas Jefferson alive to read this book, he would recognize every sentence, every elegant turn of phrase, every lofty, beautifully expressed idea. Indeed, every word in the book is his. In an astonishing feat of editing, Eric S. Petersen has culled the entirety of Thomas Jefferson's published works to fashion thirty-four original essays on themes ranging from patriotism and liberty to hope, humility, and gratitude. The result is a lucid, inspiring distillation of the wisdom of one of America's greatest political thinkers.

From his personal motto--Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God--to his resounding discourse on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson defined the essential truth of the American spirit. In the essays that Petersen has crafted from letters, speeches, and public documents, Jefferson's unique moral philosophy and vision shine through. Among the hundreds of magnificent sentences gathered in this volume, here are Jefferson's pronouncements on

Gratitude: I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations--

to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements and under all circumstances, to be open and generous.

Religion: A concern purely between our God and our consciences.

America's national character: It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate; to surmount every difficulty with resolution and contrivance.

Public debt: We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves.

War: I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.

In stately measured cadences, thesethirty-four essays provide timeless guidance on leading a spiritually fulfilling life. Light and Liberty is a triumphant work of supreme eloquence, as uplifting today as when Jefferson first set these immortal sentences on paper.

From the Hardcover edition.

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