Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

my repugnance to the writing table becomes daily & hourly more deadly & insurmountable. in place of this has come on a canine appetite for reading. and I indulge it: because I see in it a relief against the taedium senectutis; a lamp to lighten my path thro’ the dreary wilderness of time before me, whose bourne I see not. losing daily all interest in the things around us, something else is necessary to fill the void. with me it is reading, which occupies the mind without the labor of producing ideas from my own stock.

RC (MHi: Adams Papers). PoC (DLC).
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
John Adams
Date Range
Date
May 17, 1818
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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