Extract from David McCullough’s Address at the Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello

All honor to Jefferson in our own world now, in 1994. We can never know enough about him. Indeed we may judge our own performance in how seriously and with what effect we take his teachings to heart. When he wrote the Declaration of Independence, he was speaking to the world then, but speaking to us also, across time. The ideas are transcendent, as is so much else that is bedrock to what we believe as a people, what we stand for, so many principles that have their origins here, with the mind and spirit of Thomas Jefferson.

Published in Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., The Great Birthday of Our Republic: Celebrating Independence Day at Monticello (Charlottesville, 2003), 40.