Ted’s essays

motivation – part 2

You might have noticed the quotations that appear over to the right. I have accumulated a large collection that scrolls through that space randomly. Interestingly, 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson addressed the very same question I did yesterday and it popped up as my random quote when I came to this website today.

Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight. But the enormities of the times in which I have lived have forced me to commit myself on the boisterous ocean of political passions.
— Thomas Jefferson

I enjoy a wide range of pursuits. There is nothing inherently wrong with being a hedonist. Obviously, doing things that are enjoyable is preferable to doing things that are not.

But I cannot sit idly by comprehending the destruction of a free country that I thought I was born into. No fleeting pleasures can set my spirit at peace while our liberties are continually eroded.

Thomas Jefferson