Support Our Work!

In honor of Thomas Jefferson’s 281st birthday, will you help us preserve and protect Monticello for generations to come?

GIVE NOW

Quotation: "If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done."

Variations: "If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done."

Earliest known appearance in print: 2004[1]

Earliest known appearance in print, attributed to Thomas Jefferson: 2012[2]

Comments: This quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson.

- Anna Berkes, 2/4/13

References

  1. ^ Journal of the National Medical Association 96, nos. 1-6 (2004): 162.
  2. ^ Courtney Richards, I Am What You Say I Am (AuthorHouse, 2012), 137.