Extract from Dumas Malone’s Introduction to Jefferson the Virginian

in youthful presumptuousness I flattered myself that sometime I would fully comprehend and encompass him. I do not claim that I have yet done so, and I do not believe that I or any other single person ever can. Nobody can live Jefferson’s long and eventful life all over again, and nobody in our age is likely to match his universality.

Published in Dumas Malone, Jefferson and His Time: Jefferson the Virginian (Boston, New York, 1948), 1:vii.
Author
Dumas Malone
Date Range
Date
January 1, 1948 to December 31, 1948
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Repository
Dumas Malone