Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence…

Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence…

Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence… --Thomas Jefferson

Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.

Thomas Jefferson

Year: 1799
Context: The Kentucky Resolutions

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