- The Book
- The Editor
- Thomas Jefferson
About Light and Liberty
edited by Eric S. Petersen
Light and Liberty is the book of inspiration that Thomas Jefferson never wrote, although every word here is his. Editor Eric S. Petersen, after extensive study of Jefferson's reports, state papers, speeches, and twenty thousand letters, has elegantly woven together thirty-four concise essays of profound wisdom wisdom on how to lead a meaningful life, both as individuals and in our life as a nation. The subjects include patriotism and liberty, hope, forgiveness, patience, and humility, all considered in Jefferson's uniquely rational and eloquent voice.
The uniqueness of the work lies in its thorough dissection and smooth reassembly of Jefferon's thoughts under simple and positive themes. In the tradition of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, Light and Liberty offers classic insight to the modern reader.
"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. The precept is wise which directs us to try all things, and hold fast that which is good."