Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr

give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself & all it contains rather than do an immoral act. and never suppose that in any possible situation or under any circumstances that it is best for you to do a dishonourable thing however slightly it may appear to you. whenever you are to do a thing tho’ it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, & act accordingly.

PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 8:405–08.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
Peter Carr
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Date
August 19, 1785
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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