Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold on us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Notes on the State of Virginia (1787), Query 13, p. 121, ed. William Peden (1954).
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