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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1562
AUTHOR:Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION:When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.
ATTRIBUTION:Attributed to THOMAS JEFFERSON.—B. L. Rayner, Life of Thomas Jefferson, p. 356 (1834).

  Rayner says the remark was made during a conversation in the president’s office with Baron Alexander von Humboldt, the celebrated naturalist and traveler.
SUBJECTS:Public service
 
 
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