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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1063
AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Archibald Stuart, December 23, 1791.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 5, p. 409 (1895).