Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
As, for the safety of society, we commit honest maniacs to Bedlam, so judges should be withdrawn from their bench, whose erroneous biases are leading us to dissolution. It may indeed injure them in fame or in fortune; but it saves the republic, which is the first and supreme law.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autobiography, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 1, p. 114 (1892).