What politician EVER tires of speaking of himself? Herself?


I shall recur again to this subject towards the close of my story, if I should have life and resolution enough to reach that term; for I am already tired of talking about myself.

Source: Autobiography, 1821

Patrick Lee’s Explanation

Wise leaders know when to shut up.
The last 40-some posts have been taken sequentially from Jefferson’s autobiography. He began with family history and carried the narrative until his final sentence, “I arrived in New York on the 21st of Mar. [1790] where Congress was in session.” For the final post in this series, I’ve gone back to the late 1770s.

In the sentence preceding the opening excerpt, Jefferson lamented that the legislature had effectively gutted his bill for public education for all children. He labored for that cause all his life yet never saw it adopted. He knew that an educated citizenry was essential for maintaining the American republic.

He would take up the education bill again when he finished his autobiography, if he had both life and motivation to do so. He lived five more years. He had time but lacked the motivation. There was no 2nd half to his life story, because he had “tired of talking about myself.”

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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.

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