We have spent the prime of our lives in procuring them the precious blessing of liberty. Let them spend theirs in showing that it is the great parent of science and of virtue; and that a nation will be great in both, always in proportion as it is free.
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Wise leaders understand that freedom is the basis for all other advancements.
Dr. Joseph Willard was the president of Harvard University. Jefferson thanked the University for his honorary degree, and commented on issues in literature, mathematics and chemistry. He wrote about Thomas Paine’s design for an iron bridge and Mr. Rumsey’s for steam powered navigation. He speculated on how much more there was yet to learn, “What a field we have at our doors to signalize ourselves in!”
Jefferson commended Dr. Willard and his institution, “so eminent a seat of science,” for their work in producing young men who would explore such wonders. Then he wrote the sentences above:
1. We gave our best years to procure the “precious blessing of liberty” that allows for such exploration.
2. With this freedom, let your students now labor to develop in both science and virtue.
3. These qualities will flourish only to the degree that freedom flourishes.
4. It is freedom and the advantages that flow from it that truly make a nation great.
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The Moral Liberal Thomas Jefferson Editor, Patrick Lee, is a professional speaker, actor and writer. Since 1990, he has inspired, entertained and educated audiences from Maine to Hawaii with his authentic, first person leadership presentations as President Thomas Jefferson, Frontiersman Daniel Boone, and Lewis & Clark Co-Leader William Clark. He also appears as himself, The Hopeful Humorist™, with a program of motivational humor, patriotism and inspiration.