Famous Quote from Thomas Jefferson,
"...Enlightened by a benign religion,
professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms,
yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude,
and the love of man, acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence,
which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in
the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter --
with all these blessings, what more is necessary
to make us a happy and a prosperous people?
Still one thing more...a wise and frugal Government,
which shall restrain men from injuring one another,
shall leave them otherwise free to regulate
their own pursuits of industry and improvement,
and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary
to close the circle of our felicities. ... "
Thomas Jefferson (more quotes by Thomas Jefferson or books by/about Thomas Jefferson)
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
First Inaugural Address, 1801
God, Government, Happiness, President, Prosperity, Religion, Spirituality, Trade, Wisdom