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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1338
AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: A sense of this necessity, and a submission to it, is to me a new and consolatory proof that wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Richard Price, January 8, 1789.—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 14, p. 420 (1958).