Thomas Jefferson was a man of great abilities, but modest tastes. The man who wrote of the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, described the things that would make him truly happy:
“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”
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