Few die, none resign (Quotation)

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"Few die, none resign", is a paraphrase of a statement Thomas Jefferson made in a letter to a group of New Haven, Connecticut merchants in 1801:

"if a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? those by death are few. by resignation none."[1]

The source of this paraphrase may be Edward Archibald Allen and William Schuyler's 1901 work, The World's Best Orations: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time, which gave the entry for this quotation the much shorter and more memorable title of "Few Die, None Resign."[2]

Footnotes

  1. Jefferson to the New Haven Merchants, Washington, D.C., July 12, 1801, in PTJ, 34:556. Press copy available online from the Library of Congress.
  2. The World's Best Orations: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time (St. Louis, Mo.: Kaiser, 1901), 10:3945.