I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves…
I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
Context: letter to William Charles Jarvis
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