One of my good friends has a framed document hanging in his house that lists ten rules that Thomas Jefferson believed were essential for leading a fulfilling life. According to the Th: Jefferson Encyclopedia, these were compiled at the request of a father who had named his baby son Thomas Jefferson Smith. They were pared down somewhat from an earlier list Jefferson sent to his granddaughter, Cornelia Jefferson Randolph.
It occurred to me as I saw the document once again at my friend’s house this past weekend, that this type of accumulated life wisdom – particularly from a mind as sharp and disciplined as Jefferson’s – is something I ought to highlight from time-to-time here on Mission to Learn. So, here are Jefferson’s 10 Rules, which he described as a “decalogue of canons for observation in practical life.”
Certainly these words apply as well today as they did in Jefferson’s time – or any other time, for that matter. If you have a list like this that you particularly like – especially one from a less known source – please comment and share.
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