To what Object, are my Views directed? What is the End and Purpose of my Studies, Journeys, Labours of all Kinds of Body and Mind, of Tongue and Pen? Am I grasping at Money, or Scheming for Power? Am I planning the Illustration of my Family or the Welfare of my Country? These are great Questions.
In Truth, I am tossed about so much, from Post to Pillar, that I have not Leisure and Tranquility enough, to consider distinctly my own Views, Objects and Feelings.—-I am mostly intent at present, upon collecting a Library, and I find, that a great deal of Thought, and Care, as well as Money, are necessary to assemble an ample and well-chosen Assortment of Books.
—-Diary of John Adams, January 30, 1768.
Posted April 28, 2011