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The Jeffersonian cyclopedia;

a comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson classified and arranged in alphabetical order under nine thousand titles relating to government, politics, law, education, political economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, morals, etc.;

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2419. EDUCATION, Self-sufficiency and.—
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2419. EDUCATION, Self-sufficiency and.—

Our post-revolutionary youth are born
under happier stars than you and I were.
They acquire all learning in their mother's
womb, and bring it into the world ready made.
The information of books is no longer neces
sary; and all knowledge which is not innate,
is in contempt, or neglect at least. Every
folly must run its round; and so, I suppose,
must that of self-learning and self-sufficiency;
of rejecting the knowledge acquired in past
ages, and starting on the new ground of intuition.—
To John Adams. Washington ed. vi, 335. Ford ed., ix, 464.
(M. 1814)