Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
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.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Richard Price, January 8, 1789.The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 14, p. 420 (1958).