Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

Happy for us, that when we find our constitutions defective and insufficient to secure the happiness of our people, we can assemble with all the coolness of philosophers and set it to rights, while every other nation on earth must have recourse to arms to amend or to restore their constitutions.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, September 10, 1787, to C.W.F. Dumas. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 12, p. 113, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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