What Do You Want?

“If you want certain results, you must as a scientist examine a great many phenomena.  If you won’t admit what you are driving at, even to yourself, you remain in penumbra.  Adams did not keep himself in penumbra, he believed in a responsible class.  He wanted safeguards and precautions and thereby attained unpopularity.

“‘You and I ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other.’ (Adams to Jefferson, July 15, 1813).  Did Rousseau or Montaigne ever write anything to equal that sentence, given the context (1760 to 1813)?”

-THE JEFFERSON-ADAMS LETTERS AS A SHRINE AND A MONUMENT, 1937

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