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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:791
AUTHOR:George Washington (1732–99)
QUOTATION:It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free Country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective Constitutional Spheres; avoiding in the exercise of the Powers of one department to encroach upon another.
ATTRIBUTION:President GEORGE WASHINGTON, farewell address, September 19, 1796.—The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, vol. 35, p. 228 (1940).

  See note at No. 339 about the farewell address.
SUBJECTS:Government—separation of powers
 
 
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