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AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
ATTRIBUTION: President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Maria Cosway, October 12, 1786.—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 10, pp. 449–50 (1954).
SUBJECTS: Friendship