Nothing is more incumbent on the old, than to know when they shall get out of the way, and relinquish to younger successors the honors they can no longer earn and the duties they can no longer perform.
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Source Notes: Letter to John Vaughan, 5 February 1815, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Memorial edition, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb et al. (1903-1904).
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