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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Jonathan Shipley (1714–88)
QUOTATION: The true art of government consists in not governing too much.
ATTRIBUTION: JONATHAN SHIPLEY, bishop of St. Asaph, sermon, at parish church of St. Mary-Le-Bow, London, February 19, 1773.—A Sermon Preached Before the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, p. 11 (1773). Reprinted in English Defenders of American Freedoms, 1774–1778, ed. Paul H. Smith, pp. 22–23 (1972).
SUBJECTS: Government