Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusets? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 12, p. 356 (1955).