Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

The fantastical idea of virtue and the public good being a sufficient security to the state against the commission of crimes, which you say you have heard insisted on by some, I assure you was never mine.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, August 26, 1776, to Edmund Pendleton. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, p. 504, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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