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Perfect happiness I believe was never intended by the deity to be the lot of any one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I as stedfastly believe.

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Source Notes: Source: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to John Page, July 15, 1763.The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 1, p. 10 . Jefferson used the spelling beleive.This letter was written in hopes that John Page would talk to Belinda, a young woman with whom Jefferson, then 20, was infatuated. Jefferson was normally cool and level-headed, but Belinda had a devastating effect on his poise, leaving him tongue-tied and stammering.Saul K. Padover, Jefferson, chapter 2, p. 20 .

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