Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
In the quote Jefferson is saying that telling the truth is very important. “Honesty is the first chapter” shows that he believes that starting your life off with truthfulness will make a difference in learning more and becoming knowledgeable in life (Line 1). When Jefferson speaks of “the first chapter” he is referring to the first section of a part of someone’s life. Like a book, life has different sections or stories. Not being truthful will mean that your “book of wisdom” is based on false information and lies (Line 1). Your “book of wisdom” is what you learn from your experiences in life. It is how you react to them.