Thomas Jefferson & William Jefferson Clinton

Thomas Jefferson once gave these words of advice to a young man.

“If ever you find yourself with difficulties . . . do what is right. Though you cannot see what will be the next step, follow truth, justice, and plain-dealing. The knot which you thought a Gordian one will untie itself before you. Nothing is so mistaken as the supposition that a person must extricate himself from a difficulty by intrigue, by chicanery, or by an untruth. This increases the difficulties tenfold, and those who pursue these methods, get themselves so involved that their infamy becomes more exposed. It is of great importance to set a resolution . . . never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual. He tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him.”

It is unfortunate that his namesake, William Jefferson Clinton, never read these words of wisdom.

This is Nina May reminding you that the truth, will always set you free.