Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
I have sometimes asked myself whether my country is the better for my having lived at all? I do not know that it is. I have been the instrument of doing the following things; but they would have been done by others; some of them, perhaps, a little better.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, Services of Jefferson (1800?), The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 7, p. 475 (1896).