Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

The tide which, after our former relaxed government, took a violent course towards the opposite extreme, and seemed ready to hang every thing round with the tassils and baubles of monarchy, is now getting back as we hope to a just mean, a government of laws addressed to the reason of the people, and not to their weaknesses.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, January 7, 1793, to Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 25, p. 30, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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