• I leave to others the sublime delights of riding in the storm, better pleased with sound sleep & a warmer berth below it encircled, with the society of neighbors, friends & fellow laborers of the earth rather than with spies & sycophants ... I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office.

    Thomas Jefferson, Saul Kussiel Padover (1956). “A Jefferson profile as revealed in his letters”
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