Wisdom from Jefferson

Wisdom from Jefferson

Here’s 10 wonderfully wise maxims from Thomas Jefferson. I’d like my children to memorize these!

A Decalogue of Canons for Observation in Practical Life

by Thomas Jefferson
February 25, 1825


1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.

2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

3. Never spend your money before you have it.

4. Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap;
it will be dear [expensive] to you.

5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

6. We never repent of having eaten too little.

7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.

9. Take things always by their smooth handle.

10. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.



May I recommend:

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Washington’s Rules of Decent Behavior

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