Quotes of the Day

Published:June 27, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

Thomas Jefferson to Edward Coles, August 25, 1814:

This enterprise [the emancipation of slaves] is for the young; for those who can follow it up, and bear it through to its consummation. It shall have all my prayers, & these are the only weapons of an old man.

Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper, September 10, 1814:

On the contrary, there is nothing I would not sacrifice to a practicable plan of abolishing every vestige of this moral and political depravity.


IMAGE: Detail from portrait of Jefferson by Jamie Wyeth