Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
Today is Thomas Jeferson's 268th birthday. He was the Third President of the United Staes. He wrote "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
Thomas Jefferson has appeared on the two dollar bill since 1869. The two dollar bill has been sporadically printed in 1928, 1953, 1963,1976 and 1999.
Here's another Jefferson quote I find interesting:
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
We often celebrate Jefferson's birthday in my family, but this year it is low key. Maybe I'll throw something together for this coming weekend. For me, the biggest problem celebrating his birthday today is that we are still in Lent and I have given up beer & wine for lent. However, on Sundays we are permitted to indulge in that which we have given up. So, we may celebrate the great man's birtday a little late. Speaking of beer, here is yeat another Jefferson quote: "Beer , if drank with moderation, softens the tempter, cheers the spirit, and promotes good health.” – Thomas Jefferson
Here on this blog we like beer, but don't like getting drunk, so cheers to you Mr. Jefferson.